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2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region

7 Colleges
1,534 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,984 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering Technologies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States RegionEngineering Technologies is the #24 most popular major in the country with 19,475 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,534 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region ranking, we looked at 7 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering tech. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on engineering tech schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

More Ways to Rank Engineering Technologies Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Engineering Tech Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Technologies Schools in the Plains States Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for engineering tech majors.

Best Value Engineering Tech Schools in the Plains States Region

#1

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

Pittsburg State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Pittsburg, Pitt State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Pitt State also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #2.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Pitt State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,464. This means that the average student pays around $94,339 to get a bachelor’s degree from Pitt State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNI is a large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls. UNI not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list.

It takes the average student at UNI about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,198 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $107,439 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Central Missouri earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCM also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region rankings.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UCM to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,956. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCM is $89,802. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize Bemidji State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the remote town of Bemidji. Bemidji State University not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list.

At Bemidji State University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $15,793. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University be around $69,489. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Minnesota State University - Mankato as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public school with a fairly large student population. Minnesota State University - Mankato also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #5.

It takes the average student at Minnesota State University - Mankato about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,786. This means that the average student pays around $99,998 to get a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. K - State is a very large public school located in the small city of Manhattan. K - State also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #3.

The average student at K - State graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,639. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from K - State be around $139,407. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Southeast Missouri State University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Southeast Missouri State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cape Girardeau. In addition to being on our best value list, Southeast Missouri State University has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Southeast Missouri State University about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,054. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Southeast Missouri State University is $95,375. 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
Missouri 434
Minnesota 128
Kansas 397
South Dakota 40
Iowa 352
Nebraska 115
North Dakota 68

Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 316
Construction Engineering Technology 255
Engineering-Related Fields 236
Quality Control Technology 212
Mechanical Engineering Technology 152

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Majors Similar to Engineering Tech

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 8,828
Engineering 8,809
Computer & Information Sciences 6,246
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,688
Physical Sciences 2,486

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 7 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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