Charles Murray

December 2, 2015

2 Min Read
Top 25 Most Expensive Engineering Degrees

College costs have been rising at twice the rate of inflation for more than two decades, but buyers still feel sticker shock when they see the bills. Today, many of the great private engineering schools exceed $50,000 a year in total costs.

We've compiled a list of the 25 most expensive engineering schools. To be sure, all of these schools offer financial aid, often in substantial amounts. The bottom line is, many students will pay less than the starting figures shown on the following slides.

Big state institutions did not make this list for a simple reason -- their in-state tuitions are much lower than those of the private institutions shown here. It's also worth noting that many private schools with costs in the high-$50,000 range came very close, but didn't quite make the list. MIT, for example, missed by $154. Stanford missed by $6.

Page through the following slides and then tell us: How much did you pay for your engineering education?



Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 31 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and autos.

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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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