The University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and several of its programs are ranked among the “best of the best” institutions in the country for veterans to earn degrees by College Factual in its 2019 Best for Vets rankings.
Overall, the Cullen College sits in the top 10 percent of institutions for best value and most popular engineering degrees among veterans, as well as the top 15 percent of colleges with the highest paid graduates.
Mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering ranked in the top 10 percent of best value programs, with civil engineering in the top 15 percent. The Cullen College’s mechanical engineering program ranks in the top 5 percent of highest paid graduates, with civil engineering among the top 15 percent.
The mechanical engineering program jumped from the previous year’s ranking of No. 27 to No. 15 out of 272 schools for veteran friendliness. The electrical engineering program also showed significant improvement – moving from the No. 30 to No. 26 out of 269 schools for veterans in the nation and ranks No. 4 out of 18 educational institutions in Texas. The civil engineering program rose from No. 39 to No. 31 out of 207 schools in the nation.
UH serves about 37,369 undergraduates and approximately 1,460 are recipients of G.I. Bill funding. UH Veteran Services works closely with UH Veterans Administration to help military and veteran students transition into the academic environment. The UH VS serves approximately 3,000 military-connected students.
The Student Veterans of America, a non-profit student organization, is also very active on campus.
College Factual, an education technology company and provider of data-driven, value-based college rankings. The company looks at a variety of factors, including test scores, full-time teaching staff, graduation and retention rates, student loan default rates and post-graduation earnings.
Based on data from Pay Scale, the College Factual team estimates the average earnings for graduates of each major at a particular college. For each major, they then compare that number to the earnings of graduates at all other colleges that offer that major. “This tells us if graduates in a particular major at a particular college are performing average, worse or better than their peers,” according to the company website.
According to the College Factual report, students who graduate from UH with degrees in industrial engineering will make average annual early-career earnings of $64,314 and average annual mid-career earnings of $77,778; alumni with civil engineering degrees will have average early-career earnings of $56,839 and average mid-career earnings of $110,672; those with mechanical engineering degrees will have average early-career earnings of $64,453 and average mid-career earnings of $118,622; and graduates with electrical engineering degrees will have average early-career earnings of $67,228 and average mid-career earnings of $104,707.
All the earnings shared are above the national averages in their respective fields.
Earlier this year, several Cullen College online master’s programs were also recognized for providing high return on investment and best value. To read more, click here.
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