Technological Colleges and Universities for Military & Veterans
What is a Technological School and is it a Good Fit for Me?
A technological college or university offers specialized post-secondary education in a specific technological discipline. A college will offer undergraduate degrees including associate and bachelor’s degrees. A university will offer undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees, including master’s and doctoral degrees.
While an education rooted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has come to the forefront of education in recent years, technological colleges and universities have been touting the benefits of this education for decades. A technological school specializes in:
- Applied science
- Natural sciences
Technological vs Technical
Although the terms “technological” and “technical” may be used interchangeably with some institutes of higher education, there are distinct differences. Theory and practical application are hallmarks of both technological and technical schools. Both technological and technical schools are also well known for students developing knowledge through real-life experience. However, technical schools have a stronger focus on training in a specific career while technological schools typically cast a wider net with their academics. Technical schools typically offer trades and manual arts such as woodworking, welding, cosmetology, etc. which are not readily found in technological schools. Technological schools tend to focus more on evolving technology, engineering, and other applied sciences.
4 Great Technological Colleges and Universities for Veterans and Military
New England: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT) is perhaps the most well known technological university in the US. It was founded in 1861 and consistently ranks high on best of lists including:
- #2 in National Universities (US News)
- #2 in Best Value Schools (US News)
- #3 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
Mid-West: Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence Technological University was founded in 1932. Established during an innovation explosion that would change the world, the Fords provided space next to their Model T assembly plant. With this LTU realized the dream of preparing leaders for the new technical era and this still holds true almost 100 years later.
Lawrence Technological University ranks high on best of lists including:
- #37 in Regional Universities Midwest (US News)
- #43 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
- #61 in Best Value Schools (US News)
- #7 in Best Value Colleges in Michigan (Niche)
- #40 in Best Colleges for Architecture in America (Niche)
Lawrence Technological University is a GI Bill approved school, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. LTU is approved for Tuition Assistance and is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program.
Southeast: Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology (or Georgia Tech) is a technology focused college in Atlanta, Ga, and one of the top research universities in the USA. Georgia Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:
- #38 in National Universities (US News)
- #16 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
- #4 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
- #10 in Top Public Schools (US News)
Georgia Tech is a GI Bill approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Georgia Tech proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
West Coast: California Institute of Technology
The California Institute of Technology is located in beautiful Pasadena, California. Companies such as Intel, Compaq, and Hotmail were founded by Caltech alumni. Cal Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:
- #9 in National Universities (US News)
- #15 in Best Value Schools (US News)
- #11 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
Cal Tech is a GI Bill approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.
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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.