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 (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 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
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