Engineering

2021 Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California

29 Colleges
14,467 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,399 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in CaliforniaIn 2018-2019, engineering students earned 14,467 bachelor's degrees from a California school, making the subject the 6th in the state. This means that of the 128,724 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 11.2% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California ranking looked at 29 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great engineering programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the engineering program at the school, affordability, and presence of non-traditional students. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

More Ways to Rank Engineering Schools

The engineering 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 Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying engineering.

Top 10 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo has taken the #1 spot in this year's engineering ranking for non-traditional students. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in California list.

About 0.9% of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,637 students take at least one class online at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 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 California - Berkeley earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Berkeley, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in California ranking.

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. There are roughly 3,108 part time students in attendance at UC Berkeley.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Jose State University. 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%. There are approximately 8,114 students at San Jose State that take at least one class online. About 8,139 of the students at San Jose State are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Southern California comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. USC did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in California list.

The student loan default rate at USC is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. 6,707 students at USC are exclusively online. There are roughly 6,358 part time students in attendance at USC. USC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize California State Polytechnic University - Pomona as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Pomona, Cal Poly Pomona is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 2.9% of Cal Poly Pomona students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 10,261 students take at least one class online at Cal Poly Pomona. About 3,972 of the students at Cal Poly Pomona are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of California - Irvine earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Irvine is a very large public school located in the city of Irvine. UC Irvine not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in California list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. Approximately 4,852 students take at least one class online at UC Irvine. 832 of UC Irvine students are attending part time.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Our rankings recognize Santa Clara University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. SCU also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in California rankings.

The student loan default rate at SCU is lower than is typical, just 0.7% of students default in three years. About 1,073 of the students at SCU are attending part time.

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University of California - Davis earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. UC Davis not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in California list.

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. 1,248 of UC Davis students are attending part time.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Los Angeles as the #9 school in this year's rankings. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

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

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - San Diego. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a very large student population. UCSD not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in California list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.7%. 1,297 students are part time.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Engineering Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 2,300
Hawaii 293
Oregon 1,583
Alaska 202
Nevada 632

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 5,002
Electrical Engineering 4,841
Civil Engineering 3,189
Computer Engineering 3,005
Biomedical Engineering 1,679

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 20,463
Computer & Information Sciences 16,293
Mathematics & Statistics 9,932
Physical Sciences 8,507
Natural Resources & Conservation 3,828

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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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