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

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

Finding the Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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.

This year's Best Engineering Technologies Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 7 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in engineering tech. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent engineering technologies programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the engineering technologies program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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

Check out the engineering tech programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Best Engineering Technologies Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

Pittsburg State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's engineering technologies ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Pittsburg, Pitt State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Pitt State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region ranking.

Approximately 1,922 students take at least one class online at Pitt State. About 1,464 of the students at Pitt State are attending part time. Pitt State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Central Missouri as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a large student population. UCM not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at UCM is lower than is typical, just 8.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,195 students take at least one class online at UCM. There are roughly 3,478 part time students in attendance at UCM. UCM does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNI is a large public school located in the small city of Cedar Falls. UNI not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list.

The student loan default rate at UNI is lower than is typical, just 2.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,118 students take at least one class online at UNI. 1,923 of UNI students are attending part time. UNI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Bemidji State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the town of Bemidji. Bemidji State University did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.6%. 1,371 of Bemidji State University students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 1,759 part time students in attendance at Bemidji State University. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best engineering technologies schools for non-traditional students. K -State is a fairly 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 student loan default rate at K -State is lower than is typical, just 4.7% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,564 students at K -State that take at least one class online. 3,383 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Minnesota State University - Mankato as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Minnesota State Mankato is a large public school located in the city of Mankato. Minnesota State Mankato also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.5%. There are approximately 4,986 students at Minnesota State Mankato that take at least one class online. 3,207 of Minnesota State Mankato students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Southeast Missouri State University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best engineering technologies schools for non-traditional students. Southeast Missouri State University is a large public school located in the city of Cape Girardeau. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Southeast Missouri State University has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies in the Plains States Region ranking.

Approximately 3,188 students take at least one class online at Southeast Missouri State University. About 3,394 of the students at Southeast Missouri State University are attending part time. Southeast Missouri State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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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 Plains States region.

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 665
Engineering-Related Fields 592
Electronics Engineering Technology 563
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 543
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 525

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Majors Similar to Engineering Tech

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 12,039
Computer & Information Sciences 11,250
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 10,570
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 5,708
Physical Sciences 3,272

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 7 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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