Engineering

2021 Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

42 Colleges
21,847 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,266 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region In 2018-2019, 128,724 engineering students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #4 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 21,847 went to undergraduates in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 42 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.

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2021 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

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

Top 10 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Michigan Technological University has taken the #1 spot in this year's engineering ranking for non-traditional students. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Houghton. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Michigan Tech has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

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. 734 of Michigan Tech students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Illinois Institute of Technology landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Illinois Tech also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #3.

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. 967 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Milwaukee School of Engineering as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Milwaukee, MSOE is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, MSOE has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at MSOE is lower than is typical, just 2.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 172 students take at least one class online at MSOE. About 291 of the students at MSOE are attending part time. MSOE does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public school with a fairly large student population. U-M also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #5.

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

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. UIUC did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region 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. 6,389 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population. Purdue also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #6.

About 2.3% of Purdue students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,641 students at Purdue that take at least one class online. 6,079 of Purdue students are attending part time. Purdue does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UW - Madison is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. There are roughly 4,418 part time students in attendance at UW - Madison. UW - Madison does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio State University - Main Campus. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Ohio State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region list.

About 4.5% of Ohio State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 18,037 students take at least one class online at Ohio State. About 8,041 of the students at Ohio State are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. UC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Cincinnati.

The student loan default rate at UC is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. Approximately 10,520 students take at least one class online at UC. About 9,231 of the students at UC are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Trine University

Angola, IN

Trine University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. Trine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Angola.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.6%. Approximately 747 students take at least one class online at Trine. 2,136 students are part time. Trine does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students engineering schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 5,117
Ohio 6,157
Illinois 4,169
Indiana 3,747
Wisconsin 2,645

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 8,469
Electrical Engineering 5,138
Civil Engineering 2,941
Computer Engineering 2,808
Chemical Engineering 2,555

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 22,467
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 21,673
Engineering Technologies 10,876
Mathematics & Statistics 6,948
Physical Sciences 6,740

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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).
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