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2021 Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools

654 Colleges
$30,328 Avg Salary
$11,782 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 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.

The Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 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 654 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for HVACR majors pursuing a .

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Our analysis found Ivy Tech Community College to be the most popular school for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

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The excellent programs at Houston School of Carpentry helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Houston, Houston School of Carpentry is a private for-profit school with a student population.

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#3

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, AZ

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Eastern Arizona College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Eastern Arizona College is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Thatcher.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Southern Technical College is a great place for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Located in the suburb of Orlando, Southern Technical College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Out of the 654 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the rural area of Visalia, San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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#6

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #6 on the list. North Harris Montgomery is a fairly large public school located in the city of The Woodlands.

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With a ranking of #7, HVAC Technical Institute did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. Located in the city of Chicago, HVAC Technical Institute is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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#8

Vista College

El Paso, TX

Vista College ranked #8 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Located in the city of El Paso, Vista College is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #9, Moraine Valley Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. MVCC is a large public school located in the suburb of Palos Hills.

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Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the small city of Stratford, Porter and Chester Institute is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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#11

College of Lake County

Grayslake, IL

College of Lake County ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Grayslake, College of Lake County is a public school with a large student population.

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#12

Charter College

Vancouver, WA

Charter College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #12 on the list. Charter College is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Vancouver.

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#13

Apex Technical School

Long Island City, NY

Apex Technical School did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students. It came in at #13 on the list. Apex Technical School is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Long Island City.

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Florida Career College - West Palm Beach landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Florida Career College - West Palm Beach is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of West Palm Beach.

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Maysville Community and Technical College ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Maysville Community and Technical College is a small public school located in the rural area of Maysville.

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#16

Advanced Training Institute

Las Vegas, NV

Advanced Training Institute ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Advanced Training Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Las Vegas.

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San Jacinto Community College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the suburb of Pasadena, San Jacinto College is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Chattahoochee Technical College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools ranking. Chattahoochee Technical College is a large public school located in the large suburb of Marietta.

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Wake Technical Community College landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Wake Technical Community College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Raleigh.

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Florida Career College - Orlando ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Florida Career College - Orlando is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Orlando.

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#21

Pennco Tech-Blackwood

Blackwood, NJ

Pennco Tech-Blackwood ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Pennco Tech-Blackwood is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Blackwood.

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#21

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Hennepin Technical College ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools list. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park.

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#23

Institute of Technology

Clovis, CA

Institute of Technology came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Clovis, Fresno Institute of Technology is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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MIAT College of Technology came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Canton, MIAT College of Technology is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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Florida Career College - Tampa came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Tampa, Florida Career College - Tampa is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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#26

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA
#26

Summit College

Colton, CA
#33

Northeast Technical Institute

Scarborough, ME
#33

Eastfield College

Mesquite, TX
#36

Tidewater Tech-Trades

Norfolk, VA
#38

Orleans Technical College

Philadelphia, PA
#39

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#42

UEI College-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA
#44

UEI College-Fresno

Fresno, CA
#44

ETI School of Skilled Trades

Willowbrook, IL
#49

Mayfield College

Cathedral City, CA

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 654 different United States heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Interactive College of Technology - Chamblee Chamblee, GA
50 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
50 Fortis College - Richmond Richmond, VA
54 Cedar Valley College Lancaster, TX
54 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
56 Pennco Tech-Bristol Bristol, PA
57 Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes Lauderdale Lakes, FL
57 Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AR
59 Remington College - Cleveland Campus Cleveland, OH
59 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
59 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
62 Ingram State Technical College Deatsville, AL
63 DeHart Technical School Modesto, CA
63 United Education Institute-UEI College San Marcos San Marcos, CA
65 South Texas College McAllen, TX
65 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
65 City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College Chicago, IL
68 CET, Alexandria Alexandria, VA
68 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
68 Florida Career College - Hialeah Hialeah, FL
71 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
71 UEI College-Riverside Riverside, CA
71 Intellitec College - Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
74 Midwest Technical Institute - East Peoria East Peoria, IL
75 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
75 Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
75 United Education Institute-Huntington Park Campus Huntington Park, CA
75 Stanly Community College Albemarle, NC
75 Atlantic Technical College Coconut Creek, FL
75 Coastal Pines Technical College Waycross, GA
81 Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa, LA
81 UEI College-Gardena Gardena, CA
83 United Education Institute-Ontario Ontario, CA
83 Texarkana College Texarkana, TX
85 United Education Institute-Encino Encino, CA
85 West Georgia Technical College Waco, GA
85 Florida Career College - Margate Margate, FL
85 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
89 Wayne Community College Goldsboro, NC
89 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA
91 Central Louisiana Technical Community College Alexandria, LA
92 Coyne College Chicago, IL
92 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
92 United Education Institute-Morrow Morrow, GA
92 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY
96 MotoRing Technical Training Institute Seekonk, MA
96 Fortis College - Salt Lake City Salt Lake City, UT
96 New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Massachusetts North Andover, MA
96 New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Rhode Island Pawtucket, RI

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration students that almost earned our Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
100 Fortis College - Montgomery (Atlanta Highway) Montgomery, AL
100 Florida Career College Pembroke Pines, FL
102 Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City, IA
102 Lamson Institute San Antonio, TX
102 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
102 Arizona Automotive Institute Glendale, AZ
106 Florida Career College - Houston Campus Houston, TX
106 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
106 Fortis Institute - Wayne Wayne, NJ
106 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
110 All-State Career School - Lester Lester, PA
111 Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls, OH
111 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
111 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
114 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY
114 New Castle School of Trades New Castle, PA
114 Career College of Northern Nevada Sparks, NV
114 Fortis College - Smyrna Smyrna, GA
118 Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg Saint Petersburg, FL
118 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
118 Houston Community College Houston, TX
121 Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC
121 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Illinois Springfield, IL
121 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
121 Mohave Community College Kingman, AZ
121 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Nashville, TN
126 Gaston College Dallas, NC
126 Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Cumberland, KY
126 Paris Junior College Paris, TX
129 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
129 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
129 Athens Technical College Athens, GA
129 United Education Institute-UEI College Stockton Stockton, CA

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration by Region

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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.

  • 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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