With an overall population of 21,039 and a student population of 11,966, approximately 11,966 of Charleston students attend one of Charleston's schools that offer engineering programs.
Eastern Illinois University is the largest engineering school in Charleston, based on student population. Approximately 2 students graduated in 2010 from Eastern Illinois University with credentials in engineering.
A total of 3 students graduated with credentials in engineering from engineering schools in Charleston in 2010. If you decide to attend one of Charleston's engineering schools, you can expect to pay an average of $19,877 per year in instate tuition and $34,217 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $120 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a engineering program in Charleston. And if you live on campus at one of the Charleston-based engineering schools, you will have an added expense of $8,078 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many engineering graduates choose to work as engineers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Charleston, your job prospects are not very good. There were 8,230 engineers working in Illinois and 130 working in the greater Charleston area in 2010. The number of engineers in Charleston is expected to increase by 1% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as an engineer in Charleston is $64,110 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for engineers.