Listed below are twenty of the least costly Biomedical Engineering Programs in the 2009-2010 academic year for students living in the state where the courses are taught and live with their parents. Costs are reported for the full year. Low cost does not necessarily mean a low quality education. It may just mean that the school is in a state with a low cost of living or subsidizes education expenses. Interested students and parents will need to refer to additional resources to decide whether any of these schools offer a cost effective solution for their particular needs.
Even with easy availability of student loans cost is a major factor in choosing a program for most people. Although there is a higher than average growth in demand for graduates in this field jobs can be difficult to find with only a Bachelor of Science degree. The reality is that even engineering graduates must sometimes lower their expectations depending on employer needs at the time they graduate. In any case a graduate’s debt can be predicted much more readily than job prospects at graduation. Most bachelor of science programs offer a similar set of course options in their curricula. This is not surprising given that new programs tend to use existing programs as models. ABET accreditation also tends to homogenize the offerings. Assuming a considerable degree of homogeneity between baccalaureate level education the only other factors I find important in determining which program is looking out for the student are co-op/internship opportunities and job placement statistics.
If the Biomedical Engineering Program can provide statistics demonstrating a better than average placement of its graduates in engineering positions a case might be made for taking on a higher debt. A demonstrated ability to place students in quality co-op or internship opportunities may also influence a decision to go for a higher priced education. I would suggest that a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate engineer spend as many of their summers as possible performing any manufacturing related job they can get if they can’t get an internship or a co-op opportunity in their field. In my experience students who perform well in co-ops or internships or have manufacturing experience typically stand a very good chance of being hired when they graduate or placed high on the list of prospective candidates for future consideration if the company does not have any open positions.
NOTE: The cost listed below is for students living in the state w/ parents and includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, on campus room and board, and other on campus expenses.
|Students Living In The State But Off Campus with Family 2009-10|
|Institution Name||Yearly Cost|
|University of Florida||$8,683|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||$8,753|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||$9,037|
|CUNY City College||$9,671|
|Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus||$10,006|
|Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College||$10,133|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||$10,146|
|Florida International University||$10,304|
|The University of Texas at San Antonio||$10,455|
|University of Central Oklahoma||$10,723|
|San Diego State University||$10,756|
|Oregon State University||$10,781|
|University of Iowa||$11,044|
|University of Kentucky||$11,083|
|University of Nevada-Reno||$11,095|
|University of Idaho||$11,238|
|California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo||$11,403|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||$11,496|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||$11,860|
|University of Memphis||$12,059|
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