With an overall population of 116,278 and a student population of 36,204, approximately 28,482 of Columbia students attend one of Columbia's schools that offer mechanical engineering programs.
University of South Carolina-Columbia is the largest mechanical engineering school in Columbia, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 86 students graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program at University of South Carolina-Columbia.
In 2010, 86 students graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from one of Columbia's mechanical engineering schools. If you decide to attend one of Columbia's mechanical engineering schools, you can expect to pay an average of $21,490 per year in instate tuition and $36,066 per year in out of state tuition.
You should also anticipate spending about $936 for mechanical engineering related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $6,872 per year, on average, for room and board at Columbia-based mechanical engineering schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $14,162.
Many mechanical engineering graduates choose to work as mechanical engineers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Columbia, your job prospects are average. In 2010, 1 out of every 12 mechanical engineers in South Carolina were working in the greater Columbia area. The number of mechanical engineers in Columbia is expected to increase by 8% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for mechanical engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a mechanical engineer in Columbia is $72,070 per year, which is lower than the average for mechanical engineers state-wide.