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
Old Dominion University offers 29 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 757 Engineering students graduated with students earning 466 Bachelor's degrees, 232 Master's degrees, 41 Doctoral degrees, and 18 Certificates.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA||27 : 1||23,675|
|Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA||66 : 1||19,064|
|Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA||67 : 1||7,314|
|Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA||10 : 1||1,275|
|Northeast Community College Norfolk, NE||41 : 1||5,258|
|Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA||23 : 1||5,601|
|ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA||32 : 1||13,487|
|Hampton University Hampton, VA||16 : 1||4,293|
|Rappahannock Community College Glenns, VA||100 : 1||2,909|
|Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA||17 : 1||4,919|
|Tidewater Tech-Trades Norfolk, VA||420|
|Virginia Wesleyan University Virginia Beach, VA||17 : 1||1,487|
|William & Mary Williamsburg, VA||12 : 1||8,773|
|Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Chesapeake Chesapeake, VA||233|
|Centura College-Newport News Newport News, VA||20 : 1||179|