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State Tech Vs. 4-Year University

Published on January 1, 2018

Did you know, 10 years into their career, a State Tech graduate will have a higher salary than graduates from most regional 4-year universities?

Benefits of attending State Tech vs. attending a 4-year university:

  • Real-world and hands-on experience
  • Cost
  • Time to graduate
  • Job Opportunities

Real-World Experience & Hands-On Experience

State Technical College of Missouri offers hands-on education. This allows students the opportunity to gain real-world experience to help them become The Employers’ Choice. Many 4-year universities are more classroom and lecture based. At State Tech, students learn their material in the classroom and then put that knowledge to work in the lab to gain the real-world experience. This hands-on training helps students understand their program and material by learning it in the classroom, but also by implementing what they learned in the classroom. This allows the students to better understand their material. Students can gain an advantage when applying for jobs and working because of their excellent hands-on education the received at State Tech.


The cost to attend State Technical College of Missouri is less expensive than attending a 4-year university. The 2-year education allows for less student debt because it is less money to pay for 2 years of education vs. 4 years, but still getting and excellent education at State Tech.

Time to Graduate

State Technical College of Missouri prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning. State Tech strives to gives its students the best hands-on education in a timely manor to allow them to graduate in two years and enter into the workforce. This allows for a quick turn-around to allow them to receive their education and degree and get them to work to put their knowledge and education to work.

Job Opportunities

State Technical College of Missouri has a 99% job placement rate. State Tech partners with several companies and businesses to give its students the opportunity to be placed with an employer that best suites each graduate once they have earned their degree. Each year State Tech hosts their annual Career Expo that allows students and alumni to visit with hundreds of potential employers. This gives the students the opportunity to be successful once they have graduated from State Tech and it prepares them for profitable employment and a life of learning.

State Tech has a retention rate of 85% – Ranking #1 among Missouri Public 2-year colleges

Retention Rate and Rank Statistics 2016-2018
Year Retention Rate Rank
2016 86% 1
2017 85% 1
2018 85% 1


State Tech has a 73% graduation rate – Ranking #1 among Missouri Public 2-year colleges

Graduation Rate and Rank Statistics 2016-2018
Year Retention Rate Rank
2016 65% 1
2017 71% 1
2018 73% 1

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