Kettering University Catalog
About Kettering University
Kettering University is a national leader in STEM education. Founded in 1919 by a group of Flint, Michigan leaders with a vision to transform the automobile industry, the polytechnic institution offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and a variety of concentrations and minors that allow us to deliver an education that brings theory and practice together better than any other institution in the world.
The University's programs and Return on Investment (ROI) are consistently ranked in the top tiers within Michigan and nationally because of its unique and proven approach to experiential education. All undergraduate students alternate between terms on campus that include hands-on classroom and lab experiences and co-op terms in which they are employed in paid professional positions with one of our more than 400 industry partners or work full-time on intensive applied research alongside faculty.
Kettering University’s applied education model has resulted in graduates who are in high demand. More than 98 percent of our graduates are employed in their fields or are accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation.
Recent rankings and designations include:
Ranked 9th nationally in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report ‘Best in the Midwest.’
No. 1 in Michigan and 32nd in the nation (above Princeton and Notre Dame) on lifetime return on investment (ROI), according to 2019 Georgetown University analysis of federal data ranking 4,500 public and private schools nationwide.
Designated a “Best in the Midwest” university by the Princeton Review in its 2021 “Best Colleges” edition.
In 2019, Kettering Online MBA named No. 1 online MBA in Michigan by MBACentral.org.
A 2018 study by academic economists from Harvard University, MIT, the U.S Treasury and London School of Economics found Kettering 4th in producing alumni who hold patents – trailing only MIT, CalTech and Harvey Mudd.
Kettering faculty have received more Major Research Instrumentation grants from the National Science Foundation than any university in Michigan since 2012 and are among the leaders in the United States in being awarded these grants, which have dramatically enhanced the institution’s applied research capabilities.
Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Business education, integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. Through this proven approach we inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice better than any institution in the world. Kettering University's mission is dedicated to achieving the extraordinary through technological innovation, leadership, and service. Learn more about our Mission and Vision at kettering.edu/about.
Kettering University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The engineering, computer science and applied physics programs are accredited by ABET. All business programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information on the University’s accreditation visit kettering.edu/accreditation.
The eight main buildings, Academic Building, Campus Center, the Connie & Jim John Recreation Center, C. S. Mott Engineering and Science Center, Frances Willson Thompson Hall, the Innovation Center and the University Corner Building, are set off by an attractively landscaped campus. Facilities include the nation's only autonomous vehicle proving ground on a college campus (GM Mobility Research Center), a crash safety center, and high-tech lab and research equipment that undergraduate students have access to from the moment they arrive on campus. Kettering facilities are accessible to the handicapped. The majority of the campus buildings are inter-connected for ease of movement during inclement weather. Convenient parking is provided adjacent to all campus buildings. Learn more about the University’s campus at kettering.edu/campus.