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

236 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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Trade College Search has developed this Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Trade Schools ranking. This report analyzed 236 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular associate's degree programs 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 following schools top our list of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Colleges.

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Our 2021 rankings named Ivy Tech Community College the most popular school in the United States for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the city of Indianapolis.

About 4% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 96% are male.

On average, HVACR graduates from Ivy Tech Community College take out $15,201 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $128, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 236 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Intellitec College - Colorado Springs landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Colorado Springs, Intellitec College - Colorado Springs is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

While working on their Associate's Degree, HVACR majors at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs accumulate an average of around $17,158 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $190.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the rural area of Visalia, San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 46 students majoring in HVACR at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia, 96% are male and 4% are female.

On average, HVACR graduates from San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia take out $18,128 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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#4

New Castle School of Trades

New Castle, PA

The in-demand associate’s degree programs at New Castle School of Trades helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools in the United States. New Castle School of Trades is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the rural area of New Castle.

HVACR majors at New Castle School of Trades take out an average of $10,627 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 $107.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular 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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Pennsylvania College of Technology landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Penn College is a small public school located in the city of Williamsport.

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#6

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

Hennepin Technical College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Hennepin Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park.

Women make up 11% of the HVACR majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, HVACR majors at Hennepin Technical College accumulate an average of around $15,273 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $145.

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Hudson Valley Community College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. HVCC is a large public school located in the city of Troy.

Of the 37 students majoring in HVACR at HVCC, 97% are male and 3% are female.

The average amount in student loans that HVACR majors at HVCC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $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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Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. OSU Institute of Technology is a small public school located in the town of Okmulgee.

HVACR majors at OSU Institute of Technology take out an average of $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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With a ranking of #9, Northern Virginia Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. Northern Virginia Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Annandale.

While working on their Associate's Degree, HVACR majors at Northern Virginia Community College accumulate an average of around $15,162 in student debt.

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Moraine Valley Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. MVCC is a large public school located in the large suburb of Palos Hills.

About 3% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 97% are male.

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Clover Park Technical College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Lakewood, CPTC is a public college with a small student population.

About 7% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 93% are male.

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University of Northwestern Ohio ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the small suburb of Lima, University of Northwestern Ohio is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 26 students majoring in HVACR at University of Northwestern Ohio, 96% are male and 4% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, HVACR graduates from University of Northwestern Ohio carry an average student debt load of $14,545. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $136.

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With a ranking of #14, Penn Commercial Business/Technical School did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the suburb of Washington, Penn Commercial is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

The average amount in student loans that HVACR majors at Penn Commercial take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $13,628.

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#15

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the suburb of Lawrenceville, GTC is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

HVACR majors at GTC take out an average of $12,037 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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#16

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, AZ

Eastern Arizona College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Eastern Arizona College is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Thatcher.

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Clarkston.

While working on their Associate's Degree, HVACR majors at Georgia Piedmont Technical College accumulate an average of around $17,055 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $171, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Wake Technical Community College ranked #18 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Wake Technical Community College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Raleigh.

The average amount in student loans that HVACR majors at Wake Technical Community College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $18,583. 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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Tidewater Community College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Tidewater Community College is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk.

Women make up 9% of the HVACR majors at the school.

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Minneapolis Community and Technical College ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. 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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#20

Monroe Community College

Rochester, NY

With a ranking of #20, Monroe Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. Monroe Community College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Rochester.

Of the 21 students majoring in HVACR at Monroe Community College, 95% are male and 5% are female.

While working on their Associate's Degree, HVACR majors at Monroe Community College accumulate an average of around $10,216 in student debt.

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#20

Rosedale Technical College

Pittsburgh, PA

With a ranking of #20, Rosedale Technical College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their associate’s degree. Rosedale Technical College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Pittsburgh.

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#23

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

South Texas College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the city of McAllen, South Texas College is a public school with a very large student population.

About 5% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 95% are male.

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Fayetteville Technical Community College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Fayetteville, FTCC is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that HVACR majors at FTCC take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $14,576. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $130, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Spokane Community College landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the city of Spokane, Spokane Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 20 students majoring in HVACR at Spokane Community College, 95% are male and 5% are female.

The average amount in student loans that HVACR majors at Spokane Community College take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $15,758.

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#27

Dunwoody College of Technology

Minneapolis, MN
#28

Stanly Community College

Albemarle, NC
#28

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
#32

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
#35

John A Logan College

Carterville, IL

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Associate's Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
37 Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AR
37 El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
37 Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
37 Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, NC
37 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD
37 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
43 Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
43 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
43 Alfred State College Alfred, NY
46 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
46 Triangle Tech - Greensburg Greensburg, PA
46 University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton Morrilton, AR
46 Triangle Tech - Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

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 26 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).

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