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2021 Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Trade Schools

90 Colleges
$36,900 Avg Salary
$14,085 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 19,885 people earned a degree or certificate in heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States.

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. 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.

The Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Trade Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 90 schools in the United States to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for trade school students.

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2021 Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Schools in the United States

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Top 15% Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Schools

Our analysis found Dunwoody College of Technology to be the best school for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students who want to pursue a associate’s degree in the United States. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Dunwoody College of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

HVACR majors at Dunwoody College of Technology take out an average of $19,054 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $208.

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#2

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Out of the 90 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Hennepin Technical College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

On average, HVACR graduates from Hennepin Technical College take out $15,273 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $145.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a small public school located in the small city of Lancaster.

On average, HVACR graduates from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology take out $7,971 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $72.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Pennsylvania College of Technology is a great place for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. Penn College is a small public school located in the small city of Williamsport.

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The excellent associate’s degree programs at Minneapolis Community and Technical College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools in the United States. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

HVACR majors at Minneapolis Community and Technical College take out an average of $20,159 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $197.

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#6

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

Southeast Technical Institute ranked #6 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Southeast Technical Institute is a small public school located in the rural area of Sioux Falls.

HVACR majors at Southeast Technical Institute take out an average of $10,253 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $97, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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North Dakota State College of Science ranked #7 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the distant town of Wahpeton, North Dakota State College of Science is a public school with a small student population.

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Tri-County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the suburb of Pendleton, TCTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#9

Johnson College

Scranton, PA

Johnson College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Scranton, Johnson College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

On average, HVACR graduates from Johnson College take out $13,978 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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Hudson Valley Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Troy, Hudson Valley Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Associate's Degree, HVACR graduates from Hudson Valley Community College carry an average student debtload of $9,966. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $105.

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With a ranking of #11, Bluegrass Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of Lexington, Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, HVACR majors at Bluegrass Community and Technical College accumulate an average of around $15,450 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $135.

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With a ranking of #12, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. OSU Institute of Technology is a small public school located in the distant town of Okmulgee.

On average, HVACR graduates from OSU Institute of Technology take out $13,364 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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Southeast Community College Area ranked #13 on this year’s Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Lincoln, Southeast Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

On average, HVACR graduates from Southeast Community College take out $10,016 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration students that almost earned our Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
14 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
15 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
16 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY
17 State Technical College of Missouri Linn, MO
18 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration by Region

View the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Trade Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration is one of 6 different types of trade school programs to choose from.

HVACR Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 19,885

Related Major Annual Graduates
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 65,998
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,325
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,889
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,816
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,017

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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).

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