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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 best choice. 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 Your choice of engineering technologies school matters. Important measures of a quality engineering tech program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in 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

A engineering technologies degree from schools on this list usually translates into higher than average salaries after graduation. Recent engineering technologies graduates from U.S. colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $55,227 in 2017-2018.

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

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 Engineering Tech Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

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

Any student who is interested in engineering technologies needs to take a look at Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a very large public university located in the city of West Lafayette. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

Purdue offers engineering technologies degrees as low as an Associate's and all the way up to a Doctorates.

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It is difficult to beat Rochester Institute of Technology if you want to pursue engineering technologies as a major. Located in the large suburb of 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 school overall.

There were roughly 389 engineering technologies students who graduated from this degree at RIT in the most recent data year.

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It's hard to beat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute if you want to pursue engineering technologies as a major. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy. A Best Colleges rank of 58 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means RPI is a great school overall.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is one of the most popular schools to study engineering tech in the United States with approximately 79 graduates in the most recent data year.

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It's hard to beat Pennsylvania College of Technology if you want to study engineering technologies. Penn College is a small public college located in the small city of Williamsport. This college ranks 727th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 288 engineering technologies students who graduated from this program at Penn College in the most recent data year.

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

There were approximately 302 engineering technologies individuals who graduated from this program at NJIT in the most recent data year.

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#6

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Ferris is a fairly large public university located in the distant town of Big Rapids. This university ranks 722nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 521 engineering technologies students who graduated from this program at Ferris in the most recent data year.

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Located in the remote town of Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 205 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan Tech is a great university overall.

With 66 students who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, Michigan Technological University is one of the most popular universities to study engineering tech in the United States.

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#8

Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

OIT is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Klamath Falls. This school ranks 550th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

There were about 108 engineering technologies individuals who graduated from this degree at OIT in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

UDayton is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Dayton. A Best Colleges rank of 161 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UDayton is a great university overall.

University of Dayton is one of the most popular universities to study engineering tech in the United States with about 122 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Located in the suburb of Utica, SUNY Poly is a public school with a small student population. This school ranks 488th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A favorite major for engineering technologies undergraduates, there were approximately 96 individuals who completed this degree at SUNY Poly in the most recent data year.

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#11

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 325th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were roughly 92 engineering technologies individuals who graduated from this program at UNI in the most recent data year.

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

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

A favorite choice for engineering technologies undergraduates, there were approximately 36 students who completed this degree at Drexel in the most recent year we have data available.

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

A preferred major for engineering technologies undergraduates, there were about 202 learners who completed this degree at IUPUI in the most recent year we have data available.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top 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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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

  • 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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