When considering a career in Engineering, the traditional “best schools” are no longer the best options. While the traditional technical schools maintain strong programs, the discipline of Engineering has changed and expanded greatly over the past 25-30 years. This has allowed for other schools to enter the field and produce excellent programs. While structural, mechanical and civil engineering disciplines haven’t changed much over time, other areas have been impacted by improvements in support categories (like materials and applications) which has changed how the field looks today. 30 years ago, software engineering and web design were in their infancy. Today, these fields are as popular (if not more so) than Mechanical or Civil Engineering. In light of the changes to the field of study, CUO is pleased to present the Top 10 Engineering Degree Programs for 2017.
Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Established in 1887, the school was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church. By the 1950s management of the University transferred to the Evangelical Baptists after a merger with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains this affiliation with the Baptist denomination and holds accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was granted in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objectives are to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.” Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered at Cedarville University as well as several graduate-level programs. In the area of engineering, the University offers three undergraduate majors in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering as well as minors in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and an Engineering Honors Program. Available through the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Cedarville University offers modern facilities, one-on-one interaction with faculty, and extensive hands-on laboratory experience. Taught from a biblical perspective in an environment that is openly committed to Christ, students have the added opportunity of participating in engineering competitions, the traditional “Cardboard Canoe Race” held every homecoming since 1994, Engineering Co-op, Internships and more. All engineering programs at Cedarville University are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks (abbreviated C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Point Lookout, Missouri on a 1,000 acre campus. Nicknamed “Hard Work U”, since its founding in 1907 C of O has followed the highly unique practice of having students work to earn their keep rather than pay tuition from the very beginning. Through the combination of state grants, scholarships and the school’s on-campus work program students are charged a grand total of $0 in tuition costs. Placing a strong emphasis on “character” education, C of O endeavors to provide students with a quality Christian education, especially those students who are found worthy but lack the means to obtain such an education. C of O openly discourages debt and does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs; the university further leads by example and has no institutional debt of any kind.
In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, the College of the Ozarks offers a range of academic programs with more than 40 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. In fall 2016 the College opened the James P. Keeter School of Engineering which offers C of O’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. A “general engineering” program, the degree provides students with “the core engineering skills common to all engineering disciplines as well as an introduction to tools and techniques unique to wide variety of engineering disciplines.” Student opportunities include working alongside professional engineers, additional focus on a particular engineering discipline of interest and more. The program is not yet accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, however, C of O is actively pursuing ABET accreditation. Boasting a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, the College holds institution-wide accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- B.S. Engineering
Taylor University is a private, co-educational, non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution in Upland, Indiana. Situated on a large 952 acre campus, the University is located just five miles east of I-69, 50 miles south of Fort Wayne, IN, and 70 miles north of Indianapolis. Founded in 1846, the University was named in honor of William Taylor, an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church who traveled all over the world to evangelize and preach the gospel. The mission of Taylor University is to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” Taylor University has been repeatedly ranked as the #1 Regional College- Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The University boasts a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students with representatives from nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign nations. Student satisfaction with Taylor University ranks high with approximately 90% of alumni indicating that they would attend Taylor again, according to a 20014 survey.
Taylor University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. More than 100 degree programs are offered by Taylor University at the undergraduate level, as well as several graduate-level degrees and programs. In the area of engineering three distinct undergraduate programs are offered including a Systems Engineering major, a Computer Engineering major, and an Engineering major with concentrations available in Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Physics, and General studies. Each program is ABET accredited and provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience which will prepare them for a career in engineering.
- Systems Engineering major
- Computer Engineering major
- Engineering major
Grove City College
Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy, the school was founded by Isaac C. Ketler in 1876. In 1884 the school’s name was changed to Grove City College by the trustees of the school. Grove City College strives to remains faithful to its founders’ vision with a mission to foster “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom.” The College’s mission statement continues, “The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ’s moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”
Grove City College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. Grove City College offers a range of academic options with over 50 programs of study with a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. Divided into several schools and academic departments, these include the Hopeman School of Science Engineering and Mathematics which offers two engineering majors in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with an optional concentration in Computer Engineering. The University’s Bachelor of Science programs are fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and students have the opportunity to participate in summer research projects as well as internships at companies and organizations including Motorola, NASA Lewis Research Center, General Electric Company, Alcoa, Johnson & Johnson and many others.
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Lipscomb University was established in 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding in order to offer a Christian liberal arts education. Originally known as the Nashville Bible School, this name was eventually changed in order to honor David Lipscomb who donated his estate to serve as the school’s campus. The alma mater of several prominent ministers in the Church of Christ movement, to this day the University remains thoroughly affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Lipscomb University’s “primary mission is to integrate Christian Faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and larger community.” Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.
Lipscomb University offers more than 140 fields of undergraduate study as well as several pre-professional programs, adult degree programs, and more than two dozen master’s and doctoral degrees. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates. More than 30 religious preferences are represented in Lipscomb University’s student body, as are nearly all 50 states and 45 foreign nations. The University’s is staffed by more than 300 faculty members with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Lipscomb University offers five distinct engineering degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering. Offered through the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering and the College of Computing and Technology, the University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are all accredited by the ABET.
- Civil Engineering BS
- Electrical and Computer Engineering BS
- Mechanical Engineering BS
- Software Engineering BS
- Software Engineering MS
Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College was founded in 1876 and named for the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, who served as a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. Calvin College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Today, the College’s mission is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA) as well as the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Dr. Michael K. Le Roy serves as the College’s president. Calvin College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. The College offers a wide range of academic programs through its several departments, including the area of engineering. A Bachelor of Science in Engineering is offered, with majors in Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Among the Calvin College’s Engineering program distinctive are the opportunities students have to gain early experience through interaction with real customers during their first semester design course; gain feedback from practicing engineers; build problem-solving skills; and more. Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, students may opt to minor in Engineering instead, or may choose to add an International Designation to their degree by participating in an international internship, international engineering interim course, or the University’s Engineering summer program in Germany.
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was established in 1860. Known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results, out of Wheaton College’s total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 (including nearly 2,500 undergraduates), fully 7% of students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”
Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 19-teens. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. In the area of engineering, Wheaton College offers a Dual Degree Engineering Program of Engineering paired with Liberal Arts. A 3-2 program, Wheaton College describes the program as offering the best of both worlds, combining a “rigorous Christian liberal arts training” with a “strong engineering education from one of many fully accredited engineering schools in the country.” Students who enroll in the program will spend their first three years at Wheaton, completing necessary math and science courses to form a solid foundation in engineering, before transferring to an ABET accredited engineering school for their final two years. The end result is the completion of two degrees, a B.S. or B.A. in Liberal Arts Engineering and a B.S. in an engineering discipline.
- Engineering-Liberal Arts Dual-Degree
Whitworth University is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution located in Spokane, Washington and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Whitworth University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College and in 1899 relocated to Tacoma. By the early 19-teens,the school had again moved, this time to its current location of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University, a change which was formally adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”
Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and college. The College of Arts & Sciences provides the University’s general education for all undergraduate students and consists of several academic departments including the Department of Physic which offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics as well as a dual-degree Pre-Engineering program. Designed for students who intend on pursuing further graduate study in engineering as well as those interested in becoming engineering professionals, the Department of Physics’ mission statement clearly acknowledges that the Christian physic and engineering student must understand “that God undergirds both the unexamined universe and the ever-growing domain of what is understood.”
- Engineering Physics
- Pre-Engineering Dual-Degree program
California Baptist University
California Baptist University (CBU) is a top private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. Affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU was established in 1950 and holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and strives to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” The University is located on a 160 acre main campus in the heart of the historic Magnolia Avenue district of Riverside – just a short drive away from both beaches and mountain resorts. More than 30 buildings are featured on CBU’s campus, including the Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, separate men’s and women’s residence halls, apartment and graduate housing, the Wallace Theatre, the Annie Gabriel Library, the Van Dyne Gym, the Joann Hawkins Music building and more.
California Baptist University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. A wide range of programs ranging from undergraduate to doctorate are available through CBU’s several colleges and schools including the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Health Science; College of Nursing; and the Schools of Behavioral Sciences; Business; Christian Ministries; Education; and Music. In the area of engineering, CBU offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs. These include Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering. Master of Science degrees include Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering. In addition to these, nearly a dozen undergraduate minor programs are available, including in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Computer Engineering among many others.
- Biomedical Engineering, B.S.
- Chemical Engineering, B.S.
- Civil Engineering, B.S.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S.
- Engineering, B.S.
- Industrial and Systems Engineering, B.S.
- Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
- Software Engineering, B.S.
- Civil Engineering, M.S.
- Mechanical Engineering, M.S.
- Software Engineering, M.S.
Le Tourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. Named in honor of its founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, the State of Texas chartered the school, then known as LeTourneau Technical Institute, in February of 1946. The school was originally intended to serve as a training institute for veterans returning home from World War II, however, the institution’s scope soon expanded and its vision and mission has only continued to grow after all these years. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its educational centers located in Dallas and Houston and online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and over 45 different denominational groups represented in the student body. A significant percentage of LETU’s residential students are homeschooled students with a 46%/54% male/female ratio within the university’s global and residential student population.
Le Tourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of fields including the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences, however the University may be best known for its four-year, ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs. At the undergraduate level, LETU offers majors in Engineering Physics; Computer Science and Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering Technology; Engineering with more than five concentrations including Biomedical, Civil, and Computer; and an Engineering Technology degree which also offers more than five concentrations, including Aeronautical Electrical/Mechanical, Materials Joining, and Electrical. At the graduate level, LETU offers two engineering degrees, the Master of Engineering and the Master of Engineering Management.
- Engineering Physics
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering Technology
- Engineering Technology
- Master of Engineering Management
- Master of Engineering