Engineering

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

32 Colleges
15,674 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,715 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest 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, 15,674 went to students in the Southwest region of the country.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 32 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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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.

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

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

Top 10 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Texas A&M University - College Station tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Southwest Region that are best for non-traditional engineering students. Texas A&M College Station is a very large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. Texas A&M College Station not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list.

About 2.1% of Texas A&M College Station students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 4,608 students at Texas A&M College Station that take at least one class online. 9,459 of Texas A&M College Station students are attending part time. Texas A&M College Station does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Socorro, New Mexico Tech is a public school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at New Mexico Tech, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at New Mexico Tech is lower than is typical, just 5.6% of students default in three years. 71 students at New Mexico Tech are exclusively online. 420 of New Mexico Tech students are attending part time.

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The University of Texas at Austin earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Austin did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list.

About 2.6% of UT Austin students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 12,546 students at UT Austin that take at least one class online. About 3,290 of the students at UT Austin are attending part time. UT Austin does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Oklahoma State University - Main Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Stillwater, OSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, OSU has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at OSU is lower than is typical, just 7.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 8,190 students take at least one class online at OSU. About 5,303 of the students at OSU 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 Oklahoma Norman Campus. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Norman. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, University of Oklahoma has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. Approximately 6,868 students take at least one class online at University of Oklahoma. 6,505 of University of Oklahoma students are attending part time. University of Oklahoma does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population. Texas Tech did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list.

The student loan default rate at Texas Tech is lower than is typical, just 6.0% of students default in three years. Approximately 15,508 students take at least one class online at Texas Tech. About 6,714 of the students at Texas Tech are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Arizona State University - Tempe as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a fairly large student population. ASU - Tempe not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.2%. Approximately 23,569 students take at least one class online at ASU - Tempe. 5,405 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#8

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. University of Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tucson.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.0%. Approximately 12,701 students take at least one class online at University of Arizona. 7,884 of University of Arizona students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#9

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

Our rankings recognize University of Tulsa as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Tulsa, University of Tulsa is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. University of Tulsa also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region rankings.

The student loan default rate at University of Tulsa is lower than is typical, just 4.8% of students default in three years. 120 of University of Tulsa students are exclusively distance learners. 448 students are part time.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #10 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. UH is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Houston.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. There are approximately 16,613 students at UH that take at least one class online. 12,716 of UH students are attending part time. 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 by State

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

State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 3,055
Texas 10,120
Oklahoma 1,695
New Mexico 804

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 5,907
Electrical Engineering 4,130
Civil Engineering 2,430
Computer Engineering 1,671
Chemical Engineering 1,655

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 17,134
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 16,865
Engineering Technologies 6,209
Physical Sciences 6,035
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 4,514

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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.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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