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

20 Colleges
8,809 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,451 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States 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, 8,809 went to students in the Plains States region of the country.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States Region ranking looked at 20 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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2021 Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Plains States 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

Missouri University of Science and Technology tops the 2021 list of our schools in the Plains States Region that are best for non-traditional engineering students. Located in the town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Missouri University of Science and Technology also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #1.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.4%. There are approximately 1,028 students at Missouri University of Science and Technology that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,484 part time students in attendance at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Missouri University of Science and Technology does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Iowa State University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a very large student population. Iowa State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. Approximately 6,215 students take at least one class online at Iowa State. There are roughly 3,779 part time students in attendance at Iowa State. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Minneapolis. UMN Twin Cities also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.2%. There are approximately 13,571 students at UMN Twin Cities that take at least one class online. About 10,971 of the students at UMN Twin Cities are attending part time. UMN Twin Cities does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. Located in the small city of Manhattan, K -State is a public school with a very large student population. K -State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region list.

About 4.7% of K -State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 3,564 students at K -State that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,383 part time students in attendance at K -State. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize University of Nebraska - Lincoln as the #5 school in this year's rankings. UNL is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lincoln. UNL also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region rankings.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.5%. There are approximately 10,178 students at UNL that take at least one class online. About 3,629 of the students at UNL are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Missouri - Columbia earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public school with a fairly large student population. Mizzou also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region list, coming in at #7.

The student loan default rate at Mizzou is lower than is typical, just 4.1% of students default in three years. Approximately 6,407 students take at least one class online at Mizzou. 4,578 of Mizzou students 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 Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa is a very large public school located in the small city of Iowa City. Iowa not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.5%. Approximately 12,073 students take at least one class online at Iowa. 5,224 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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South Dakota State University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. Approximately 2,992 students take at least one class online at South Dakota State. 3,377 of South Dakota State students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best engineering schools for non-traditional students. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the city of Fargo.

About 2.6% of North Dakota State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 5,518 students at North Dakota State University that take at least one class online. There are roughly 2,527 part time students in attendance at North Dakota State University. North Dakota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Kansas. KU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Lawrence. KU did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Plains States Region list.

About 4.6% of KU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 5,228 students take at least one class online at KU. 4,663 students are part time. KU 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 colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,090
Minnesota 1,652
Kansas 1,208
South Dakota 485
Iowa 2,208
Nebraska 514
North Dakota 652

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 3,047
Electrical Engineering 1,521
Civil Engineering 1,493
Chemical Engineering 969
Computer Engineering 882

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 11,250
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 10,570
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 5,708
Engineering Technologies 4,594
Physical Sciences 3,272

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 20 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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