Engineering

2021 Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region

33 Colleges
20,177 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,962 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic 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, 20,177 went to undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking looked at 33 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent 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 engineering program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Region

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Top 10 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Pennsylvania State University - University Park tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that are best for non-traditional engineering students. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park. Penn State University Park did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. There are approximately 13,255 students at Penn State University Park that take at least one class online. 1,670 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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New Jersey Institute of Technology earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. NJIT is a large public school located in the large city of Newark. NJIT also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region rankings.

About 4.8% of NJIT students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 2,782 students at NJIT that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,851 part time students in attendance at NJIT. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore. Johns Hopkins not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

The student loan default rate at Johns Hopkins is lower than is typical, just 1.1% of students default in three years. 8,722 of Johns Hopkins students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 11,552 part time students in attendance at Johns Hopkins.

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#4

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. Drexel also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

About 3.1% of Drexel students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,528 students at Drexel that take at least one class online. About 6,322 of the students at Drexel are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Cornell has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

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

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the small city of New Brunswick.

About 3.8% of Rutgers New Brunswick students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 10,368 students at Rutgers New Brunswick that take at least one class online. 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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#7

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.0%. 2,279 of Syracuse students are exclusively distance learners. 3,619 of Syracuse students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize University of Maryland - College Park as the #8 school in this year's rankings. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

About 2.3% of UMCP students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,138 students at UMCP that take at least one class online. About 4,597 of the students at UMCP are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#9

SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, NY

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Maritime College. SUNY Maritime College is a small public school located in the large city of Throggs Neck.

About 2.6% of SUNY Maritime College students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 444 students take at least one class online at SUNY Maritime College. About 115 of the students at SUNY Maritime College are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Newark, UD is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UD also is in the top 20% of our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at UD is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,306 students at UD that take at least one class online. 2,422 of UD students are attending part time.

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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 Middle Atlantic region.

State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 6,878
New York 7,376
New Jersey 2,697
Maryland 2,298
Delaware 514
District of Columbia 414

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 7,366
Electrical Engineering 5,635
Civil Engineering 3,315
Chemical Engineering 2,911
Biomedical Engineering 2,708

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 39,540
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 27,298
Mathematics & Statistics 9,833
Physical Sciences 9,607
Engineering Technologies 8,629

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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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