Engineering

2021 Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region

17 Colleges
7,932 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,458 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England RegionWith 128,724 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, engineering is the #4 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 7,932 went to students in the New England region of the country.

For this year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the New England Region ranking, we looked at 17 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students list to help you make the college decision.

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 the New England Region

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

Top 10 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Northeastern University has taken the #1 spot in this year's engineering ranking for non-traditional students. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Northeastern did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the New England Region list.

The student loan default rate at Northeastern is lower than is typical, just 2.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,838 students take at least one class online at Northeastern. About 842 of the students at Northeastern are attending part time.

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University of Connecticut landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UCONN has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the New England Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at UCONN is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,844 students at UCONN that take at least one class online. 3,231 of UCONN students are attending part time.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wentworth Institute of Technology. WIT is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. WIT did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the New England Region list.

About 3.0% of WIT students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 307 students take at least one class online at WIT. 511 of WIT students are attending part time. WIT does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Lowell, UMass Lowell is a public school with a fairly large student population. UMass Lowell did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the New England Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.2%. 4,103 students at UMass Lowell are exclusively online. About 6,329 of the students at UMass Lowell 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 Maine

Orono, ME

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Maine. UMaine is a large public school located in the suburb of Orono.

The student loan default rate at UMaine is lower than is typical, just 5.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 2,773 students take at least one class online at UMaine. There are roughly 2,475 part time students in attendance at UMaine. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA

Our rankings recognize Massachusetts Maritime Academy as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Maritime is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Buzzards Bay.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 0.9%. There are approximately 64 students at Maritime that take at least one class online. 95 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNH is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Durham.

The student loan default rate at UNH is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 1,816 students take at least one class online at UNH. 1,402 of UNH students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is lower than is typical, just 3.0% of students default in three years. 3,607 of UMass Amherst students are exclusively distance learners. 6,250 of UMass Amherst students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

University of Hartford landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of West Hartford, UHart is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The student loan default rate at UHart is lower than is typical, just 6.4% of students default in three years. 671 students at UHart are exclusively online. There are roughly 1,657 part time students in attendance at UHart. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Rhode Island. Located in the suburb of Kingston, URI is a public school with a large student population.

About 4.4% of URI students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 3,055 students take at least one class online at URI. 3,456 of URI students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students engineering colleges for a specific state in the New England region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 272
Maine 373
Rhode Island 556
Massachusetts 4,807
New Hampshire 473
Connecticut 1,451

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 3,317
Electrical Engineering 1,698
Civil Engineering 1,306
Computer Engineering 1,278
Biomedical Engineering 1,080

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 11,592
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 11,297
Mathematics & Statistics 4,476
Physical Sciences 3,212
Natural Resources & Conservation 3,108

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 17 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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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