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The best colleges for environmental engineering 

Environmental engineering is an important subset of civil engineering focused on the environment. Environmental engineers take a holistic approach to finding the most sustainable engineering solutions. We use a unique return-on-investment-focused methodology to rank the best environmental engineering schools. Explore our selection of top environmental engineering schools to narrow down your search and take the guesswork out of choosing a college.

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#1 in Environmental engineering | #1 in Engineering

CUNY City College

New York, New York

Economic score: 0.31

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $2,385

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under 6 months

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $59,793

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,103

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 51%
Graduation rate: 54%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Environmental engineering | #3 in Engineering

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Economic score: 0.67

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $6,302

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,492

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,771

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 32%
Graduation rate: 88%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Environmental engineering | #23 in Engineering

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Economic score: 0.91

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $15,336

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.4 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $68,131

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $24,085

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 27%
Graduation rate: 93%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in Environmental engineering | #25 in Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia

Economic score: 0.91

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $14,739

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $68,167

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $26,274

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 22%
Graduation rate: 90%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in Environmental engineering | #59 in Engineering

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana

Economic score: 1.18

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $13,986

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $62,853

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $17,208

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 68%
Graduation rate: 76%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in Environmental engineering | #78 in Engineering

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Economic score: 1.19

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $11,606

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $58,083

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,362

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 78%
Graduation rate: 62%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#7 in Environmental engineering | #106 in Engineering

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

Economic score: 1.26

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $21,595

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $75,842

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $25,163

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 39%
Graduation rate: 84%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#8 in Environmental engineering | #32 in Engineering

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

Economic score: 1.30

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $10,274

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $53,358

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,637

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 46%
Graduation rate: 72%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#9 in Environmental engineering | #70 in Engineering

University of California-Riverside

Riverside, California

Economic score: 1.33

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $12,871

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $59,823

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,144

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 66%
Graduation rate: 78%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#10 in Environmental engineering | #65 in Engineering

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Economic score: 1.36

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $12,915

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.7 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $56,915

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $12,197

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 59%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#11 in Environmental engineering | #99 in Engineering

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, Ohio

Economic score: 1.38

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $17,616

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.8 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $64,578

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $16,179

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 69%
Graduation rate: 78%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#12 in Environmental engineering | #162 in Engineering

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

Economic score: 1.48

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $20,008

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $63,175

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $18,890

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 62%
Graduation rate: 82%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#13 in Environmental engineering | #142 in Engineering

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Economic score: 1.54

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $13,649

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $52,941

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,048

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 49%
Graduation rate: 85%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#14 in Environmental engineering | #137 in Engineering

University of Nevada-Reno

Reno, Nevada

Economic score: 1.59

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $15,081

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $57,318

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $16,330

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 88%
Graduation rate: 61%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#15 in Environmental engineering | #187 in Engineering

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Economic score: 1.70

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $17,220

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $60,506

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $11,882

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 66%
Graduation rate: 81%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#16 in Environmental engineering | #86 in Engineering

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan

Economic score: 1.71

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $16,463

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $57,655

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,609

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 71%
Graduation rate: 71%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#17 in Environmental engineering | #265 in Engineering

Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

Economic score: 1.72

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $14,692

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $60,145

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,466

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 86%
Graduation rate: 63%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#18 in Environmental engineering | #206 in Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Economic score: 1.81

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $21,680

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $64,819

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $18,898

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 85%
Graduation rate: 70%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#19 in Environmental engineering | #227 in Engineering

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Cincinnati, Ohio

Economic score: 1.86

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $21,843

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $64,034

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $15,635

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 77%
Graduation rate: 66%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#20 in Environmental engineering | #203 in Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Platteville, Wisconsin

Economic score: 1.92

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Net cost: $15,718

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $60,140

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,065

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 56%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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