Engineering isn't the most popular associate program in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #20 in popularity out of 38 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.
College Factual reviewed 19 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for associate degree seekers in the field of engineering. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 6,326 associate degrees in engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Choosing a Great Engineering School for Your Associate Degree
Your choice of engineering for getting your associate degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:
Overall Quality Is a Must
The overall quality of a associate degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.
Average Early-Career Salaries
To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their associate degree from the school. After all, your associate degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.
Other Factors We Consider
In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:
Major Focus - How much a school focuses on engineering students vs. other majors.
Major Demand - The number of engineering students who choose to seek a associate degree at the school.
Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
Student Debt - How much debt engineering students go into to obtain their associate degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized engineering related body.
Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for engineering students working on their associate degree.
Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Engineering Associate Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.
Best Schools for Associate Students to Study Engineering in the United States
The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing an associate degree in engineering.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
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).