List of United States technological universities

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The institutes of technology and polytechnics have existed at least since the 18th century, but became popular after World War II with the expansion of technical education, associated with the new needs created by industrialization. In some cases, polytechnics or institutes of technology are engineering schools or technical colleges.

A handful of American universities include the phrases "Institute of Technology", "Polytechnic Institute", "Polytechnic University", or similar phrasing in their names; these are generally research-intensive universities with a focus on science and technology. The level of academic rigor in these schools may vary from entry-level state universities to world renowned elite schools.


School Location Control Type[1] Enrollment Founded
Air Force Institute of Technology Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Public DRU 719 1919
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California Private RU/VH 2,231 1891
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California Public Master's L 18,762 1901
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, California Public Master's L 22,273 1938
Clarkson University Potsdam, New York Private RU/H 3,187 1896
Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado Public RU/H 4,296 1874
Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs, Colorado Private DRU 30,020 1965
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida Private DRU 8,985 1958
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia Public RU/VH 20,487 1885
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois Private RU/H 7,787 1890
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, Michigan Private Master's L 4,000 1932
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Louisiana Public RU/H 11,271 1894
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts Private RU/VH 10,894 1861
Michigan Technological University Houghton, Michigan Public RU/H 6,957 1885
Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri Public RU/H 7,521 1870
Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte, Montana Public Bac/Diverse 2,694 1900
New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey Public RU/H 9,558 1881
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro, New Mexico Public Master's M 1,921 1889
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, Oregon Public Bac/Diverse 3,927 1947
Polytechnic Institute of New York University Brooklyn, New York Private RU/H 4,514 1854
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York Private RU/VH 7,521 1824
Rochester Institute of Technology Henrietta, New York Private Master's L 17,652 1829
Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Indiana Private Spec/Engg 1,970 1874
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, South Dakota Public Spec/Engg 2,354 1885
Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta, Georgia Public Master's M 6,202 1948
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, New Jersey Private RU/H 5,260 1870
Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas Public RU/H 32,327 1923
University of Wisconsin–Stout Menomonie, Wisconsin Public Master's L 9,339 1891
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia Public RU/VH 30,739 1872
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, Massachusetts Private DRU 5,071 1865


  1. ^ School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.