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2021 Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

80 Colleges
19,475 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,036 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

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

For this year's Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 80 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering tech. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality engineering technologies programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the engineering technologies program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 15% Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Pennsylvania College of Technology tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional engineering technologies students. Penn College is a small public school located in the city of Williamsport. Penn College also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies rankings.

There are approximately 1,362 students at Penn College that take at least one class online. There are roughly 944 part time students in attendance at Penn College. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rochester. RIT also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. There are approximately 2,247 students at RIT that take at least one class online. 1,596 students are part time. RIT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Big Rapids, Ferris is a public college with a fairly large student population. Ferris not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list.

The student loan default rate at Ferris is lower than is typical, just 7.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,430 students at Ferris that take at least one class online. 4,334 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Indiana State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best engineering technologies schools for non-traditional students. Indiana State is a 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.

Approximately 2,979 students take at least one class online at Indiana State. There are roughly 3,251 part time students in attendance at Indiana State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best engineering technologies schools for non-traditional students. Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Purdue, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies ranking.

About 2.3% of Purdue students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,641 students take at least one class online at Purdue. 6,079 of Purdue students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Newark, NJIT is a public school with a fairly large student population. NJIT also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list, coming in at #5.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. Approximately 2,782 students take at least one class online at NJIT. There are roughly 2,851 part time students in attendance at NJIT. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#7

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

Our rankings recognize Oregon Institute of Technology as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Klamath Falls, OIT is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. OIT also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list, coming in at #8.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. There are approximately 795 students at OIT that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,976 part time students in attendance at OIT. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Located in the city of Flushing, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.7%. Approximately 395 students take at least one class online at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. There are roughly 245 part time students in attendance at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

Pittsburg State University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Pittsburg, Pitt State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Pitt State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list.

Approximately 1,922 students take at least one class online at Pitt State. 1,464 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Farmingdale State College. SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Farmingdale. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale also did well on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 5.3% of SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,989 students at SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale that take at least one class online. 2,254 students are part time. SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO

University of Central Missouri comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 8.5%. Approximately 3,195 students take at least one class online at UCM. 3,478 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Polytechnic Institute. SUNY Poly is a small public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Utica. SUNY Poly also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

About 4.4% of SUNY Poly students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 727 students at SUNY Poly that take at least one class online. 878 of SUNY Poly students are attending part time. SUNY Poly does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for non-traditional students studying Engineering Tech that almost earned our Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
13 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
14 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
15 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
16 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA

Engineering Technologies by Region

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Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 7,239
Electronics Engineering Technology 5,594
Engineering-Related Fields 5,527
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 5,323
Mechanical Engineering Technology 5,199

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 196,678
Computer & Information Sciences 173,112
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 160,242
Physical Sciences 53,214
Mathematics & Statistics 49,071

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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