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2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Illinois

5 Colleges
632 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,735 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering Technologies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, 632 bachelor's degrees were awarded to engineering technologies students who went to a Illinois college or university. This makes it the #23 most popular major in the state. This means that 3.2% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Illinois ranking analyzed 5 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in engineering tech. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those engineering tech schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, 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 Illinois

The following schools top our list of the Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Engineering Tech Schools in Illinois

#1

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering technologies schools. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. EIU also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Illinois list, coming in at #4.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at EIU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,976. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from EIU is $75,034. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Northern Illinois University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. NIU is a large public school located in the small suburb of Dekalb. NIU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Illinois list.

It takes the average student at NIU about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,171. 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 NIU is $92,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Illinois State University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Normal. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Illinois State, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Illinois ranking.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Illinois State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,958. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State be around $108,817. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Western Illinois University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering technologies schools. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a medium-sized student population. WIU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Illinois list.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at WIU to complete their degree, and it costs about $17,615 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $78,211 to get a bachelor’s degree from WIU. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Carbondale. SIUC also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in Illinois list, coming in at #2.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SIUC is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,953. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the SIUC is $129,130. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Engineering Technologies Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Technologies Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Engineering Technology 167
Industrial Production Technology 161
Mechanical Engineering Technology 103
Electronics Engineering Technology 100
Computer Engineering Technology 27

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 4,169
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 3,900
Computer & Information Sciences 3,379
Mathematics & Statistics 1,448
Physical Sciences 1,097

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 5 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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