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2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies

80 Colleges
19,475 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,636 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering Technologies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering TechnologiesIn 2018-2019, 19,475 people earned their bachelor's in engineering technologies, making the major the #24 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies ranking looked at 80 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering tech. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those engineering tech schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Engineering Tech Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Technologies Schools in the United States

Check out the engineering tech programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 15% Best Value Engineering Technologies Schools

#1

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Our rankings recognize Ferris State University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a fairly large student population. Ferris also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies rankings.

The average student at Ferris graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,909. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Ferris is $73,022. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pittsburg State University. Located in the distant town of Pittsburg, Pitt State is a public college with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Pitt State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies ranking.

At Pitt State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,464. This means that the average student pays around $94,339 to get a bachelor’s degree from Pitt State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering technologies schools. SUNY Poly is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Utica. On top of its placing in our value rankings, SUNY Poly also did well on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At SUNY Poly, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,848. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Poly is about $101,592. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Western Carolina University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. WCU is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Cullowhee.

The average student at WCU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $15,387 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WCU is about $67,549. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Northern Iowa as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UNI is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls. UNI excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at UNI to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,198. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNI be around $107,439. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Our rankings recognize Indiana State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Indiana State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Terre Haute. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Indiana State also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Indiana State to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,696. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State is $100,770. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Central Missouri comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public college with a large student population.

It takes the average student at UCM about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $19,956. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCM is about $89,802. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Illinois University. EIU is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Charleston.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at EIU is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,976. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from EIU is $75,034. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Platteville. UW - Platteville is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Platteville.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - Platteville is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,335. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UW - Platteville is about $94,761. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Bemidji State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the town of Bemidji.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Bemidji State University is 4.4 years, and it costs about $15,793 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bemidji State University is $69,489. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Stout as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UW - Stout is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,392. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Stout is $99,045. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northern Illinois University. Located in the suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,171. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from NIU is $92,181. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Engineering Technologies students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies award.

Rank College Location
13 Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI
14 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
15 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
16 Illinois State University Normal, IL

Engineering Technologies by Region

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New England
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 2,947
Mechanical Engineering Technology 2,866
Construction Engineering Technology 2,391
Quality Control Technology 1,827
Engineering-Related Fields 1,760

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to KUKA Systems GmbH.

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