Build a future-proof skill set at Kettering
Kettering engineers are driven
With technological advances reshaping industries seemingly by the hour, you need an education that’s just as innovative and forward-thinking. You’ll find it at Kettering University.
No matter your academic interest or career aspirations, our truly unique hands-on approach to learning through cooperative education gets you there. Learn the latest in STEM principles then apply that knowledge in work settings. Work with cutting-edge technology for leading-edge employers. Your guides are experienced faculty members who are actively working or researching in their fields as well as industry mentors who are masters of their craft.
You’ll do more than just keep up with industry changes with a Kettering degree—you’ll set the pace. And that includes the classroom-to-workplace shift every 11 weeks. This is what we’re known for and what you’ll come to know as co-op. This experiential education model teaches you theory, concepts, and methods in the classroom that you can then apply in a real workplace, earning real wages and gaining real experience. It’s a priceless experience.
A real return on your investment
Consistently listed among the nation’s best, a Kettering degree prepares you for careers in fields that are the future of industry. Choose one of nine Engineering majors that emphasize our core strengths in advanced mobility, new energy vehicles, intelligent manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and sustainability. At Kettering, you'll do more than earn a degree—you’ll become a master of these disciplines.
Our graduates are highly sought after by employers and the best graduate schools and are thriving as professionals. They’re using skills they sharpened at Kettering: data analysis, computational methods, software engineering, software development, embedded systems, complex engineering problem solving, MATLAB, new product development, forecasting, lean manufacturing, human-centered design, Six Sigma methodology, fluency in multiple programming languages, and much more.
Those same grads aren’t stuck in workplaces with no vision and limited career advancement. They’re at some of the most advanced, successful, and respected employers in the world—Siemens, General Motors, Amazon, Raytheon, Stellantis, Nexteer Automotive, FedEx, Nestlé, Stryker, NSA, Navistar, Google, and more. Our grads are CEOs, hold their own patents, and even get the attention of Tesla, Stanford and Harvard University graduate programs, the CIA, and more. Our alumni have the engineering mindset to define the future of leading, innovative companies.
Academics built for the future
Robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity—an increasingly high-tech future in many industries is rushing toward you. Thanks to Kettering, you’ll be ready for it. Our nine majors and five academic priorities prepare you now for some of the most in-demand and demanding fields. Whether you want to design smarter machines, develop alternative energies, become an entrepreneur, or start your medical career, our academic focus areas give you a competitive advantage with co-op opportunities and more.
Earn a salary as you learn your craft
Our students work at some of the country’s top companies while earning their degrees. Your co-op program begins your first year at the University, providing paid on-the-job experiences in your chosen field at one of our nearly 500 co-op education partners, including:
• The Boeing Company
• Ford Motor Company
• Nestlé USA
• And many more
You’ll earn a real salary—sometimes even housing, medical, and 401(k) benefits too! This will help offset the cost of tuition and more, letting you graduate with less debt. The great thing—beyond getting paid—is the connections you’ll make with mentors during your co-op. When you graduate, you’ll have essential skills backed by experience to capitalize on having a head-start on your career. Many graduates even end up working for their co-op employer.
Named one of The Best 388 Colleges in the country | The Princeton Review, 2023
Named one of the "Best Midwestern Colleges" | The Princeton Review, 2023
Recognized for being the #1 college in Michigan for graduates with high starting salaries | SmartAsset, 2022
Ranked #3 among the "Best Value Colleges in Michigan" | Niche, 2023
Ranked #3 among the "Most Innovative Schools" in the Midwest | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Ranked #12 among the "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
• Chemical Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Physics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Advanced driver assistance systems
• Deep neural network for environment perception
• VR/AR/mixed reality
• V2X communication systems
New Energy Vehicles
• Battery development and energy storage
• Battery management systems
• Power electronics (charging devices, electric motor design, etc.)
• Battery materials (anode and cathode, separator, electrolyte, etc.)
• Fuel cells
• Additive manufacturing
• Industry robotics/digital twinning
• Big data analytics
• Industrial Internet of Things
• AI technologies
• Sustainable materials
• Environmental sustainability
• Renewable energy
"Pursuing a degree at Kettering is no easy task, but being involved on campus is very rewarding—mentally, socially, professionally, and financially. I have made meaningful relationships with my peers, secured job interviews, impacted my community, earned scholarships, and learned valuable lessons that are not taught in a classroom setting. It requires deliberate time management, but it is worth it.”