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Great Colleges and Universities for Science and Engineering in the Midwest

There are amazing colleges and universities for STEM across the country, including the Midwest. Search for your best-fit science and engineering school here!

The STEM fields offer highly specialized career paths that students flock to every year. But there are a lot of science programs out there, and sometimes it’s hard to decide which field to go into. To help you make your decision and put you on the path to a bright academic and career future, we’ve curated lists of great science and engineering colleges and universities across the country. On this list, you can find institutions in the Midwestern US that are looking to connect with students like you! Click any of the green “Connect me” buttons below a school to have your CX profile sent to their admission departments—then they’ll reach out to you with more information. It’s that easy! 

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve UniversityCase Western Reserve University is a private research institution in University Circle—only four miles from downtown Cleveland, Ohio. With 5,430 undergraduate students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers 22 undergraduate majors in the natural sciences and math, plus 14 Engineering majors. Students at CWRU can take advantage of various research opportunities, internships and co-ops (including seven-month positions worth up to $20,000), service learning experiences, and more.

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Cleveland State University 

Cleveland State University is a public research institution with an 85-acre campus located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The University offers nearly 200 academic programs to 17,000+ students through seven colleges, including the Washkewicz College of Engineering which offers majors such as Applied Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering Mechanics, and more. CSU’s facilities include newly renovated chemistry laboratories, the state-of-the-art Center for Innovation in the Medical Professions, an on-campus speech and hearing clinic, and a human gross anatomy lab. 

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Grace College & Seminary

Grace College & SeminaryGrace College & Seminary is an evangelical Christian institution in Winona Lake, Indiana. With 1,901 students and a 20:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers over 90 majors and minors, including programs in Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Students at Grace benefit from locked tuition rates, hands-on learning experiences, and internships like making prosthetics for children, an annual dragster race, and more.

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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale CollegeHillsdale College is a private liberal arts college in Hillsdale, Michigan—around 70 miles from Ann Arbor, Toledo, Lansing, and Fort Wayne. With 1,466 undergraduates and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers 30 majors across 14 fields of study, including Chemistry and Physics. Hillsdale students can take advantage of programs with professional certifications, a private biological station, graduate-level scientific equipment, student groups like Actuarial Club and Astronomy Club, and more.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University logoIndiana Wesleyan University is a private comprehensive Christian liberal arts and professional education university in Marion, Indiana. With an undergraduate enrollment of 2,677 students, the University offers science and technology programs in Biochemistry, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Physics, and more. Indiana Wesleyan also provides students with top-notch facilities, cutting-edge technology, accomplished and accessible faculty, and abundant research opportunities. 

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Kettering University

Kettering University logoKettering University is a private STEM and business university in Flint, Michigan—66 miles north of Detroit. Kettering offers nine highly-specialized science and engineering majors—with academic focuses on advanced mobility, new energy vehicles, intelligent manufacturing, AI, and sustainability—that help students build the essential skills every engineer needs. University students rotate between 11-week classes and work experiences at one of nearly 500 cooperative employment partners, graduating with two and a half years of hands-on work experience for a résumé.

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Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological UniversityLawrence Technological University is a private university in Southfield, Michigan—20 miles from the center of Detroit. With approximately 3,000 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 100 academic programs, including Architectural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Robotics Engineering through the College of Engineering. Students at LTU can take advantage of a high-tech campus, brand-new laboratory equipment, school-provided laptops, and more.

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Miami University

Miami UniversityMiami University is a public coeducational university in Oxford, Ohio. With 16,522 undergraduates and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 100 majors, including Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Botany. Miami students take advantage of resources like the Global Miami Plan, flexible academics allowing for double majors and cocurricular opportunities, student groups like the Association for Computing Machinery, and more.

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Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute logoMoody Bible Institute is a private church-affiliated institution in Chicago, Illinois. Students can choose from more than 20 areas of study, including a Bachelor of Science in Missionary Aviation Technology that leads students to become missionary pilots, private pilots, aviation mechanics, aviation instructors, and more. You’ll develop technical and spiritual skills and gain comprehensive training that will prepare you to meet the challenges presented by missions flying and maintenance in diverse environments.

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Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University logoOhio Northern University is a private Methodist comprehensive university in Ada, Ohio. ONU’s 3,116 students represent 50 states and 15 countries and study in class sizes of 19 students on average with a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. The University’s rigorous academic programs provide a solid foundation in engineering principles, allowing students to major in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Education, and Mechanical Engineering or choose the flexible Engineering Exploratory program. 

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Ohio University

Ohio UniversityOhio University is a comprehensive public university in Athens, Ohio—75 miles southeast of Columbus. With over 16,250 undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 250 areas of study, including Aviation Flight Technology, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. OHIO students can take advantage of the Honors Program with cocurricular research and leadership opportunities, first-year student learning communities, student clubs like the Athens Astronomical Society and Biomedical Engineering Society, and more.

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis UniversitySaint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university located in St. Louis, Missouri. STEM students at SLU have worked alongside faculty researchers on single X-ray photodetectors, designed a chemical vapor deposition system for the synthesis of nanoscale carbon materials, and built and designed small satellites launched by NASA. Internship opportunities with airlines, technology companies, and labs in St. Louis abound, leading to jobs for students in STEM fields after—or even before—graduation.

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Trine University

Trine UniversityTrine University is an independent comprehensive university in Angola, Indiana—40 miles from Fort Wayne. With a total enrollment of 4,646 and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers just over 40 majors, including Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; more than 40 minors; and numerous online program options. Trine students benefit from a STEM Research and Design Symposium, an average aid package of $35,000, student groups like the American Chemical Society and Engineers Without Borders, and more.

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University of Akron 

University of Akron logoThe University of Akron is a multipurpose public institution in Akron, Ohio—within walking distance of downtown. With 11,300+ undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates, including STEM programs through the College of Engineering & Polymer Science. UA students benefit from the Co-op and Placement Office, student design teams, partnerships with industry giants, the Musson Charitable Foundation ICS testbed for cybersecurity, and more. 

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University of Chicago

The University of ChicagoThe University of Chicago is a comprehensive private university only seven miles south of downtown Chicago, Illinois. With approximately 6,800 undergraduates and a 5:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 50 majors, including new majors in Molecular Engineering and Astronomy & Astrophysics, plus more than 40 minors. UChicago students can take advantage of more than 160 institutes and centers, numerous research opportunities across a wide variety of scientific disciplines, and more.

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University of Cincinnati

University of CincinnatiThe University of Cincinnati is a public research institution just two miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. With nearly 47,000 students and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers 414 degree programs, including STEM majors in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, plus 262 minors and certificates. Students at UC can take advantage of partnerships with more than 1,200 companies in the birthplace of cooperative education, student groups like AeroCats and the Biomedical Informatics Student Association, and more.

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University of Detroit Mercy

U of Detroit MercyThe University of Detroit Mercy is a private coeducational Roman Catholic institution with three campuses in Detroit, Michigan. With nearly 5,000 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers degrees in Architectural, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Robotics & Mechatronic Systems Engineering; pre-professional programs such as Pre-dental, Pre-veterinary, and Pre-pharmacy; and accelerated bachelor’s-to-advanced-degree options in Computer Science. Biochemistry, Biology, Mathematics, and more. Students get project research experience starting as early as freshman year, and state-of-the-art lab spaces are fitted with equipment found in the workplace so you can gain critical hands-on experience. 

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University of Iowa

University of IowaThe University of Iowa is the state’s first public institution of higher education in Iowa City, Iowa. With a total enrollment of 32,948 students and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 200 areas of study, including Aerospace Studies & Military Science, Civil Engineering, and Informatics. Iowa students benefit from research opportunities with renowned scientists, a collaborative over a competitive academic model, world-class technology and facilities, student groups like Biology Club, and more.

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University of Notre Dame

University of Notre DameThe University of Notre Dame is a comprehensive church-affiliated university in Notre Dame, Indiana—just five miles outside South Bend. With 8,874 undergraduates and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers 75 undergraduate degree programs, including Aerospace Engineering and Environmental Earth Science. Students at Notre Dame benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities like a Digital Visualization Theater, unique living-learning communities, student groups like 3D Printing Club and Engineers Without Borders, and more.

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Wayne State University

Wayne State UniversityWayne State University is a comprehensive public university in Detroit, Michigan. With nearly 20,000 undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers 340 programs across 13 schools and colleges, including Computer Technology and Electrical Engineering. Students at Wayne State benefit from a High Impact Practices–based Engineering curriculum; research centers, laboratories, and natural environments; student groups like the American Society of Civil Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society; and more.

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Want to find a STEM program in a different region of the country? Check out these Great Colleges and Universities for Science and Engineering in New England!

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