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2021 Most Popular Online Mechanical Engineering Schools

14 Colleges
$64,495 Avg Salary
$23,104 Avg Student Debt

Mechanical Engineering is the #25 most popular major in the country with 47,405 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Online Mechanical Engineering Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 14 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

Check out the online ME programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

#1

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Our 2021 rankings named The University of Alabama the most popular online school in the United States for mechanical engineering students. Located in the midsize city of Tuscaloosa, UA is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, ME majors at UA accumulate an average of around $26,000 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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#2

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of North Dakota is a great place for mechanical engineering students pursuing an online degree. Located in the small city of Grand Forks, UND is a public college with a fairly large student population.

On average, ME graduates from UND take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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The excellent online programs at Eastern Washington University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best mechanical engineering schools in the United States. EWU is a large public school located in the town of Cheney.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Stevens Institute of Technology is a great place for mechanical engineering students pursuing an online degree. Stevens is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hoboken.

While working on their degree, ME majors at Stevens accumulate an average of around $23,500 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $257, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent online programs at Michigan Technological University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best mechanical engineering schools in the United States. Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton.

While working on their degree, ME majors at Michigan Tech accumulate an average of around $25,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for mechanical engineering students. It came in at #6 on the list. UofSC is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

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Columbia University in the City of New York came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Mechanical Engineering Schools ranking. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

ME majors at Columbia take out an average of $11,250 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $117, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for mechanical engineering students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the remote town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, ME graduates from Missouri University of Science and Technology take out $23,000 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#9

University of Florida-Online

Gainesville, FL

With a ranking of #9, University of Florida-Online did quite well on this year’s best schools for mechanical engineering students. UF Online is a small public school located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best mechanical engineering programs. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

ME majors at Villanova take out an average of $26,037 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
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Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 38 majors within the area of study, mechanical engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 31,384
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406
Biomedical Engineering 12,001

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Michel Villeneuve.

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