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2021 Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies

Approximately 52,735 engineering technologies degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies ranking analyzed 87 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in engineering technologies. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Engineering Technologies students.

Choosing a Great Engineering Technologies School

Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies The engineering tech program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The vast majority of the colleges on this list are in at least the top 35% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 544 to 59 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Engineering Technologies graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A engineering technologies bachelors degree from a school in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $55,227 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Engineering Technologies students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other engineering technologies students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized engineering technologies related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Engineering Technologies students.

Best Schools to Study Engineering Technologies in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study engineering technologies. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 13 Best Engineering Tech Colleges

#1

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

It's hard to beat Purdue University - Main Campus if you want to study engineering technologies. Located in the small city West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great college overall.

Purdue offers engineering technologies degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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Rochester Institute of Technology is among your top options if you're planning on studying engineering technologies. Located in the suburb Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 178 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means RIT is a great college overall.

RIT offers engineering technologies degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is one of the best schools in the United States for engineering technologies. Located in the city Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 58 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means RPI is a great college overall.

A popular choice for engineering technologies undergrads, there are roughly 79 learners enrolled in this degree at RPI.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology is among your best bets if you want to study engineering technologies. Located in the city Williamsport, Penn College is a public school with a small student population. This school ranks 727th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

For those interested in shorter degree, Penn College also offers a Associate's Degree in engineering technologies.

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Located in the large city Newark, NJIT is a public school with a large student population. This college ranks 302nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, NJIT offers a Master's Degree in engineering technologies.

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#6

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Located in the town Big Rapids, Ferris is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 722nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in shorter degree, Ferris also offers a Associate's Degree in engineering technologies.

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Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton. A Best Colleges rank of 205 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan Tech is a great college overall.

A popular major for engineering technologies undergraduates, there are roughly 66 individuals studying this program at Michigan Tech.

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#8

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

Located in the remote town Klamath Falls, OIT is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. This school ranks 550th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There are approximately 108 engineering technologies undergraduates studying this program at OIT.

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#9

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

U of Dayton is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Dayton. A Best Colleges rank of 161 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Dayton is a great college overall.

University of Dayton is one of the most popular college to study engineering tech in United States with more than 122 graduations last year.

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SUNY Poly is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Utica. This school ranks 488th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a fairly popular college to study engineering tech in United States with over 96 graduates last year.

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#11

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

UNI is a large public school located in the city of Cedar Falls. This school ranks 325th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

For those interested in something more advanced, UNI also offers 2 different higher degree levels in engineering technologies, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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#12

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Located in the city Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 186 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Drexel is a great college overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Drexel offers a Master's Degree in engineering technologies.

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IUPUI is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis. This college ranks 660th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

A preferred choice for engineering technologies undergraduates, there are about 202 learners studying this degree at IUPUI.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Engineering Technologies students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Engineering Technologies award.

Rank College Location
14 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
15 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
16 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
17 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
18 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
19 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
20 Illinois State University Normal, IL
21 Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Flushing, NY

Engineering Technologies by Region

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Southwest
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Engineering Tech Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 14,313
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,756
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,875

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 220,337
Engineering 200,684
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 162,961
Physical Sciences 53,556
Mathematics & Statistics 49,748

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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