With an overall population of 7,764 and a student population of 1,209, approximately 1,209 of Grand Rapids students attend one of Grand Rapids's schools that offer engineering programs.
Itasca Community College is the largest engineering school in Grand Rapids, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 57 students graduated from the Engineering program at Itasca Community College.
In 2010, 57 students graduated with an engineering degree in Grand Rapids. Tuition in 2009 at Grand Rapids's engineering schools was $14,233 per year for instate students and $15,439 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,000 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a engineering program in Grand Rapids. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $4,400 per year, on average, for room and board at Grand Rapids-based engineering schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $10,201.
Many engineering graduates choose to work as engineers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Grand Rapids, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, of the 5,650 engineers in Minnesota, 50 were working in the greater Grand Rapids area. Grand Rapids's engineer workforce is projected to decrease by -1% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for engineers.
As an engineer in Grand Rapids, you can expect to make an average salary of $68,020 per year. This is higher than the average salary for engineers in the state.