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2021 Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Pennsylvania

9 Colleges
6,878 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,717 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in PennsylvaniaEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in Pennsylvania. With 6,878 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 4th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that 5.3% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Pennsylvania ranking looked at 9 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality engineering programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the engineering program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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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.

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2021 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Pennsylvania

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

Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Pennsylvania State University - University Park tops the 2021 list of our schools in Pennsylvania that are best for non-traditional engineering students. Located in the city of University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Penn State University Park has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Pennsylvania ranking.

About 4.9% of Penn State University Park students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 13,255 students at Penn State University Park that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,670 part time students in attendance at Penn State University Park. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#2

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Drexel did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Pennsylvania list.

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. 6,322 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Pitt is a fairly large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh. Pitt did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Pennsylvania list.

The student loan default rate at Pitt is lower than is typical, just 3.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,366 students take at least one class online at Pitt. There are roughly 2,772 part time students in attendance at Pitt. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Our rankings recognize Villanova University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Villanova has also earned the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Pennsylvania ranking.

About 1.4% of Villanova students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,576 students at Villanova are exclusively online. About 3,154 of the students at Villanova are attending part time.

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Widener University

Chester, PA

Widener University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Chester, Widener is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.0%. Approximately 1,254 students take at least one class online at Widener. 2,125 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wilkes University. Wilkes is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Wilkes-Barre.

The student loan default rate at Wilkes is lower than is typical, just 5.7% of students default in three years. 2,222 of Wilkes students are exclusively distance learners. About 2,439 of the students at Wilkes are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Gannon University

Erie, PA

Gannon University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Erie, Gannon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

About 4.0% of Gannon students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 391 students at Gannon that take at least one class online. 1,023 of Gannon students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public school with a very large student population.

About 5.1% of Temple students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,543 students at Temple that take at least one class online. 5,358 of Temple students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Shippensburg, Ship is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 6.8% of Ship students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 187 students at Ship are exclusively online. There are roughly 1,110 part time students in attendance at Ship. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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

Explore all the Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Middle Atlantic Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
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 2,366
Electrical Engineering 1,556
Civil Engineering 980
Chemical Engineering 878
Biomedical Engineering 852

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 8,453
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 7,276
Engineering Technologies 3,157
Physical Sciences 2,680
Mathematics & Statistics 2,431

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 9 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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