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2021 Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Iowa

2 Colleges
2,208 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,406 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in IowaIn 2018-2019, engineering students earned 2,208 bachelor's degrees from an Iowa school, making the subject the 2nd in the state. This means that of the 128,724 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.7% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Iowa ranking analyzed 2 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 Iowa

Check out the engineering programs at these schools if you want to see which ones are the best for non-traditional students.

Best Engineering Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Iowa State University has taken the #1 spot in this year's engineering ranking for non-traditional students. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the small city of Ames. Iowa State also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Iowa list, coming in at #1.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.2%. There are approximately 6,215 students at Iowa State that take at least one class online. About 3,779 of the students at Iowa State 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 #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Iowa has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Iowa ranking.

The student loan default rate at Iowa is lower than is typical, just 2.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 12,073 students take at least one class online at Iowa. 5,224 students are part time. Iowa does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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

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

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

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 612
Computer Engineering 355
Civil Engineering 318
Industrial Engineering 255
Chemical Engineering 233

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 1,802
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 1,655
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 1,384
Engineering Technologies 741
Mathematics & Statistics 583

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Notes and References


*Avg Cost is for the top 2 schools only.


  • 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).
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