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2021 Best Civil Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

164 Colleges
14,832 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,343 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Civil Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Civil Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 14,832 people earned their bachelor's in civil engineering, making the major the #36 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Civil Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking analyzed 164 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in civil eng. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent civil engineering 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 civil engineering program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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

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

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

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional civil engineering students. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta. Georgia Tech also made our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list, coming in at #2.

The student loan default rate at Georgia Tech is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. 9,852 students at Georgia Tech are exclusively online. There are roughly 11,859 part time students in attendance at Georgia Tech.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. NJIT is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Newark. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, NJIT has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. There are approximately 2,782 students at NJIT that take at least one class online. 2,851 of NJIT students are attending part time. NJIT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. Texas A&M College Station did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list.

About 2.1% of Texas A&M College Station students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. There are roughly 9,459 part time students in attendance at Texas A&M College Station. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the remote town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Missouri University of Science and Technology, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 1,028 students at Missouri University of Science and Technology that take at least one class online. About 1,484 of the students at Missouri University of Science and Technology are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Illinois Institute of Technology landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best civil engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Illinois Tech did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list.

The student loan default rate at Illinois Tech is lower than is typical, just 2.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 696 students take at least one class online at Illinois Tech. About 967 of the students at Illinois Tech are attending part time. Illinois Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Tech as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Virginia Tech has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. Approximately 8,844 students take at least one class online at Virginia Tech. 2,711 students are part time.

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San Jose State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 8,114 students at San Jose State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 8,139 part time students in attendance at San Jose State. San Jose State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best civil engineering schools for non-traditional students. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverdale. Manhattan also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 3.7% of Manhattan students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 306 students are part time. Manhattan does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Virginia - Main Campus as the #9 school in this year's rankings. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. University of Virginia also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at University of Virginia is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,445 students take at least one class online at University of Virginia. About 2,130 of the students at University of Virginia are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. UC Berkeley also made our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list, coming in at #8.

About 2.0% of UC Berkeley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 930 students take at least one class online at UC Berkeley. 3,108 of UC Berkeley students are attending part time.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. 3,779 students are part time. Iowa State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Our rankings recognize University of Florida as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UF is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list.

The student loan default rate at UF is lower than is typical, just 1.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 21,513 students at UF that take at least one class online. About 8,083 of the students at UF are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a fairly large student population. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 0.9%. There are approximately 1,637 students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that take at least one class online. 1,017 of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students are attending part time. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Southern California comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USC also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering ranking.

About 1.6% of USC students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 6,707 students at USC are exclusively online. There are roughly 6,358 part time students in attendance at USC. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UW - Madison also did well on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. There are approximately 6,424 students at UW - Madison that take at least one class online. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Seattle. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UW Seattle also did well on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

About 2.8% of UW Seattle students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,490 students at UW Seattle that take at least one class online. About 5,528 of the students at UW Seattle are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Cal Poly Pomona is a very large public school located in the suburb of Pomona.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.9%. Approximately 10,261 students take at least one class online at Cal Poly Pomona. 3,972 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize North Carolina State University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, NC State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list.

About 2.8% of NC State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 11,555 students at NC State that take at least one class online. About 7,111 of the students at NC State are attending part time. NC State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. UT Austin also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 2.6% of UT Austin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 12,546 students take at least one class online at UT Austin. There are roughly 3,290 part time students in attendance at UT Austin. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - Davis landed the #20 spot in our 2021 best civil engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UC Davis also did well on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. There are approximately 1,528 students at UC Davis that take at least one class online. About 1,248 of the students at UC Davis are attending part time.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Our rankings recognize Oregon State University as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.9%. There are approximately 6,917 students at Oregon State that take at least one class online. 8,853 of Oregon State students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Michigan Technological University comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton. Michigan Tech excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.8%. There are approximately 331 students at Michigan Tech that take at least one class online. About 734 of the students at Michigan Tech are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Northeastern University as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Northeastern also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Northeastern is lower than is typical, just 2.0% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,838 students at Northeastern that take at least one class online. 842 students are part time.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Cornell is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Civil Engineering list.

About 1.0% of Cornell students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 309 students at Cornell that take at least one class online. 101 students are part time.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Best Civil Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
25 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
26 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
27 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
28 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
29 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
30 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
31 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
32 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA

Civil Engineering by Region

View the best for non-traditional students Civil Engineering schools in a specific region near you.

Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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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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