For the second straight year, West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources has been ranked in the top 20 of all engineering school in the country for offering the best value for the money for undergraduate degree programs in engineering according to rankings released today (September 8, 2015) by College Factual, an online guide to the college selection process.

droneThe College ranked 15th out of 283 engineering schools for offering a “quality education…for a price that won’t break the bank.” It was also ranked as the 46th most popular school in the nation for engineering and near the top third overall in the site’s rankings of engineering schools that provide graduates with a quality education.

“Families want to make sure they are getting the most for their hard-earned money,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College. “West Virginia University has worked hard to keep educational costs low without jeopardizing quality and it’s gratifying to see us be recognized for those efforts.”

The College’s industrial engineering program was ranked eighth for best value, while its computer engineering program was ranked 19th. Also ranked in the top 50 were chemical engineering (37), civil engineering (31), electrical engineering (47) and mechanical engineering (34).

College Factual considers a number of outcomes-based factors to determine the ranking, including average student loan debt, student retention and graduation rates, and graduates’ starting salaries and earning potential.