Columbia has a general population of 84,531 and an overall student population of 48,122. Approximately 31,237 of Columbia's students are enrolled in schools that offer engineering programs.
University of Missouri-Columbia is the largest engineering school in Columbia, based on student population. Approximately 101 students graduated in 2010 from University of Missouri-Columbia with credentials in engineering.
In 2010, 358 students graduated with an engineering degree from one of Columbia's engineering schools. Tuition in 2009 at Columbia's engineering schools was $20,741 per year for instate students and $31,832 per year for out of state students.
You should also anticipate spending about $1,040 for engineering related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,150 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
After graduating with your credentials in engineering, if you decide to work as an engineer in Columbia, your job prospects are not very good. There were 5,740 engineers working in Missouri and 140 working in the greater Columbia area in 2010. The number of engineers in Columbia is expected to increase by 7% 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 Columbia is $72,410 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for engineers.