Engineering Technologies

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Great Lakes Region

23 Colleges
4,359 Bachelor's Degrees
$23,979 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering Technologies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Great Lakes RegionEngineering Technologies is the #24 most popular major in the country with 19,475 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 4,359 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 23 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 the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Engineering Tech Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Technologies Schools in the Great Lakes Region

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

Top 10 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. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the town of Big Rapids. Ferris did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Great Lakes Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Ferris is 4.6 years, and it costs about $15,909 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ferris is about $73,022. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Indiana State University. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Indiana State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Indiana State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Indiana State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,696. This means that the average student pays around $100,770 to get a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Our rankings recognize Eastern Illinois University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU 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 EIU is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $16,976. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from EIU is about $75,034. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering technologies schools. Located in the distant town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at UW - Platteville to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,335. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UW - Platteville is $94,761. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering technologies schools. UW - Stout is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Menomonie.

The average student at UW - Stout graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,392. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - Stout is $99,045. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Northern Illinois University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. NIU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Dekalb.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at NIU to complete their degree, and it costs about $20,171 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NIU be around $92,181. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Eastern Michigan University. Eastern Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Ypsilanti.

It takes the average student at Eastern Michigan about 4.8 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,456. This means that the average student pays around $98,393 to get a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Western Michigan University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering technologies schools. Located in the small city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At WMU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,387. This means that the average student pays around $100,305 to get a bachelor’s degree from WMU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Illinois State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Illinois State is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Normal. Illinois State also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #7.

It takes the average student at Illinois State about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,958. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois State is $108,817. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Western Illinois University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

The average student at WIU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $17,615. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIU is about $78,211. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Engineering Technologies Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 1,050
Ohio 882
Illinois 632
Indiana 1,428
Wisconsin 367

Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering Technology 1,094
Industrial Production Technology 842
Engineering-Related Fields 510
Electronics Engineering Technology 452
General Engineering Technology 401

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 21,847
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 17,550
Computer & Information Sciences 12,414
Mathematics & Statistics 4,802
Physical Sciences 4,506

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 23 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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