Let’s face it, you’re smart. You passed science and math classes with flying colors, and you are the “go-to” when it comes to computer help. You probably took apart a lot of things in your childhood just to see how they worked. Now here you are, ready to literally build the future.
Engineering has a lot of positives. As suspected, student debt won’t be a concern since finding an engineering career with a starting salary less than $55,000 or an average salary less than $85,000 is more difficult than learning the RubixCube pattern. If money isn’t your driving factor, how about the 85% of engineers who are satisfied with their jobs*, despite longer workdays.
It’s the challenges every day that keep engineers and their ticking minds happy. So if you think you can hack it out with the best of them, brush the dust off that TI84 and get ready. It really is rocket science.*Evaluation Enginering, EE-Evaluation Engineering’s 2013 salary survey, http://www.evaluationengineering.com/articles/201308/work-life-balance-key-to-job-satisfaction.php
Iowa State University offers 78 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 2,570 Engineering students graduated with students earning 1,969 Bachelor's degrees, 405 Master's degrees, 168 Doctoral degrees, and 28 Certificates.
University of Iowa offers 42 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 759 Engineering students graduated with students earning 652 Bachelor's degrees, 47 Master's degrees, 45 Doctoral degrees, and 15 Certificates.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Iowa State University Ames, IA||22 : 1||33,372|
|University of Iowa Iowa City, IA||23 : 1||31,240|
|Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA||27 : 1||3,612|
|University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA||22 : 1||10,477|
|Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA||61 : 1||8,002|
|Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, IA||55 : 1||5,977|
|Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA||52 : 1||13,788|
|Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, IA||66 : 1||23,258|
|Southeastern Community College West Burlington, IA||33 : 1||2,478|
|Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA||46 : 1||4,408|
|Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA||46 : 1||5,112|
|Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville, IA||29 : 1||2,035|
|Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA||55 : 1||5,237|
|Dordt University Sioux Center, IA||18 : 1||1,547|
|Hamilton Technical College Davenport, IA||22 : 1||134|
|Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA||91 : 1||5,976|
|Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA||58 : 1||4,279|
|Waldorf University Forest City, IA||64 : 1||3,071|
|North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA||43 : 1||2,894|
|Luther College Decorah, IA||12 : 1||1,951|