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2021 Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region

6 Colleges
2,259 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,855 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, engineering technologies was ranked #24 in the country. In fact 19,475 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 2,259 went to students in the Southwest region of the United States.

This year's Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region ranking analyzed 6 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Engineering Tech Schools for Non-Traditional Students list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region

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

Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Oklahoma State University - Main Campus has taken the #1 spot in this year's engineering technologies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Stillwater, OSU is a public school with a very large student population. OSU also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Southwest Region rankings.

About 7.0% of OSU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 8,190 students at OSU that take at least one class online. There are roughly 5,303 part time students in attendance at OSU. OSU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

Tarleton State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Stephenville, Tarleton is a public school with a large student population. Tarleton not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Southwest Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 7.7%. 1,004 students at Tarleton are exclusively online. There are roughly 4,374 part time students in attendance at Tarleton. Tarleton does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UH is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UH, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Southwest Region ranking.

About 3.1% of UH students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 16,613 students take at least one class online at UH. About 12,716 of the students at UH are attending part time. UH does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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New Mexico State University - Main Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. NMSU Main Campus is a large public school located in the suburb of Las Cruces. As a testament to the quality of education offered at NMSU Main Campus, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Southwest Region ranking.

Approximately 4,521 students take at least one class online at NMSU Main Campus. About 3,156 of the students at NMSU Main Campus are attending part time. NMSU Main Campus does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Lamar University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best engineering technologies schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Beaumont, Lamar University is a public college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Lamar University has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Southwest Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.1%. 7,109 of Lamar University students are exclusively distance learners. 8,326 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas A&M University - Kingsville earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Texas A&M Kingsville is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Kingsville. Texas A&M Kingsville also made our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #6.

About 8.7% of Texas A&M Kingsville students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,745 students at Texas A&M Kingsville that take at least one class online. About 2,561 of the students at Texas A&M Kingsville are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Engineering Technologies Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students engineering technologies colleges for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 93
Texas 1,702
Oklahoma 375
New Mexico 89

Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Construction Engineering Technology 1,003
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 963
Industrial Production Technology 665
Electronics Engineering Technology 649
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 580

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 24,046
Computer & Information Sciences 17,134
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 16,865
Physical Sciences 6,035
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 4,514

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 6 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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