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2021 Best Electrical Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

183 Colleges
17,946 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,220 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Electrical Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Electrical Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsElectrical Engineering is the #28th most popular major in the country with 17,946 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Electrical Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking looked at 183 colleges that offer a bachelor's in EE. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent electrical engineering programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the electrical engineering program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

More Ways to Rank Electrical Engineering Schools

The EE school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best EE Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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.

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

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Top 25 Electrical Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of California - Berkeley has taken the #1 spot in this year's electrical engineering ranking for non-traditional students. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.0%. There are approximately 930 students at UC Berkeley that take at least one class online. 3,108 students are part time.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Georgia Tech, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering ranking.

About 1.3% of Georgia Tech students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 9,852 of Georgia Tech students are exclusively distance learners. 11,859 of Georgia Tech students are attending part time.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Newark, NJIT is a public college with a large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, NJIT also did well on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at NJIT is lower than is typical, just 4.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,782 students take at least one class online at NJIT. About 2,851 of the students at NJIT are attending part time. NJIT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Texas A&M University - College Station earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Texas A&M College Station also did well on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at Texas A&M College Station is lower than is typical, just 2.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,608 students take at least one class online at Texas A&M College Station. About 9,459 of the students at Texas A&M College Station are attending part time. Texas A&M College Station does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UIUC is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

The student loan default rate at UIUC is lower than is typical, just 1.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,503 students take at least one class online at UIUC. There are roughly 6,389 part time students in attendance at UIUC. UIUC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Ithaca. Cornell not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.0%. There are approximately 309 students at Cornell that take at least one class online. 101 of Cornell students are attending part time.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. UF is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville. UF excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

About 1.5% of UF students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 21,513 students take at least one class online at UF. About 8,083 of the students at UF are attending part time. UF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #8 school in this year's rankings. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. UT Austin also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering rankings.

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. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Rutgers New Brunswick is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.8%. Approximately 10,368 students take at least one class online at Rutgers New Brunswick. 7,501 of Rutgers New Brunswick students are attending part time. Rutgers New Brunswick does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. USC also made our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list, coming in at #9.

The student loan default rate at USC is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. 6,707 of USC students are exclusively distance learners. 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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Our rankings recognize University of California - Los Angeles as the #11 school in this year's rankings. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. UCLA also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.3%. Approximately 2,288 students take at least one class online at UCLA. 1,642 of UCLA students are attending part time.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. U-M is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. U-M did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

About 1.1% of U-M students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 487 students at U-M that take at least one class online. 2,376 of U-M students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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North Carolina State University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. NC State is a very large public school located in the large city of Raleigh. NC State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

About 2.8% of NC State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 11,555 students take at least one class online at NC State. There are roughly 7,111 part time students in attendance at NC State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #14 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UMN Twin Cities also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering ranking.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. 10,971 students are part time. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech landed the #15 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Virginia Tech is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

The student loan default rate at Virginia Tech is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. Approximately 8,844 students take at least one class online at Virginia Tech. About 2,711 of the students at Virginia Tech are attending part time.

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Illinois Institute of Technology comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Illinois Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Illinois Tech also did well on our Best Colleges for Electrical 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 2.4%. There are approximately 696 students at Illinois Tech that take at least one class online. 967 of Illinois Tech students are attending part time. Illinois Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus landed the #17 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering ranking.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 18,037 students at Ohio State that take at least one class online. 8,041 of Ohio State students are attending part time. Ohio State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Illinois at Chicago earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Chicago, UIC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at UIC is lower than is typical, just 3.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 5,751 students take at least one class online at UIC. 4,566 of UIC students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Oregon State is a very large public school located in the small city of Corvallis.

About 3.9% of Oregon State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,917 students at Oregon State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 8,853 part time students in attendance at Oregon State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #20 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Michigan State also did well on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The student loan default rate at Michigan State is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 9,273 students take at least one class online at Michigan State. About 6,488 of the students at Michigan State are attending part time.

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The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW Seattle also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering ranking.

The student loan default rate at UW Seattle is lower than is typical, just 2.8% of students default in three years. Approximately 3,490 students take at least one class online at UW Seattle. There are roughly 5,528 part time students in attendance at UW Seattle. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Northeastern excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

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. About 842 of the students at Northeastern are attending part time.

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Michigan Technological University earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Michigan Tech excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering list.

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

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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

About 3.1% of Drexel students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at Drexel. There are roughly 6,322 part time students in attendance at Drexel. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University landed the #25 spot in our 2021 best electrical engineering schools for non-traditional students. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the city of San Jose.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. Approximately 8,114 students take at least one class online at San Jose State. There are roughly 8,139 part time students in attendance at San Jose State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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

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 Electrical Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
28 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
29 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
30 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
31 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
32 Washington State University Pullman, WA
33 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
34 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
35 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
36 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO

Electrical Engineering by Region

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Electrical Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,222
Civil Engineering 21,795
Computer Engineering 15,694
Chemical Engineering 14,363
Biomedical Engineering 11,975

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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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