From the School

Where do you want to go? What do you want to be? No college helps students answer these questions better than Kettering University.

There isn't another college like us. Kettering is a highly-acclaimed, private university located in Flint, Michigan, that combines innovative, hands-on programs in engineering, math, science, and business with a ground-breaking experiential learning and professional cooperative education program. What that means: students in all degree programs alternate between study terms and work terms. During study terms, students learn exciting material in small classes taught by professors, not teaching assistants. During work terms, they gain professional experience at corporations related to their studies and interests.

More importantly, Kettering students graduate with up to 2 1/2 years of real world experience and envy-worthy resumes. Our students have done everything from testing ballistic systems and re-engineering crowd management to designing biomedical tools. And since students can go to work their first year, they learn early what they like to do and what they never want to do again.

All of this experience pays off. Research shows that students who participate in co-op and experiential learning are more mature, better problem solvers, and more technically knowledgeable. Employers know that Kettering students are the cream of the crop our students typically graduate with job offers or grad school acceptances in hand, and frequently start their positions at a higher salary than their peers from other schools.

Those who know Kettering students agree tomorrow's business and industry leaders are at Kettering today. At Kettering, students earn a degree for the real world. Any university will take you places. Kettering will take you farther.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 650
SAT Math
590 - 660
ACT Composite
25 - 29

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

The unique structure of Kettering's program allows students to fulfill the academic requirements of 160 credit hours throughout a four and a half year period. This is completed over nine academic semesters and up to 11 co-op work semesters. Students also complete a capstone thesis project on behalf of their co-op employer during their senior year for credit toward the 160 required hours. The academic year consists of two 11-week academic terms on-campus in Flint and two 12-week academic terms working for the corporate employer; students alternate their time between Flint and the employer's site. On average, a freshman student who spends 24 weeks during the academic year working for the professional co-op employer earns $11,000.

Students Say

Kettering University is, "one of the best engineering schools in the country," and an, "unique cooperative education program that allows you to gain real job experience as a part of the curriculum." Students say, "The college is built on the fundamentals of having real-world work experience while attaining your degree," and they feel, "Kettering puts you ahead of your peers and prepares you for the real world." Additionally, "Kettering has small class sizes," which, "allow for individual attention from professors." Students say, "although the workload can be intimidating at times," it's a "rewarding school that gives [you] just as much as you put in." Professors are, "mixed bag," and a computer engineering major says, "There are some professors that are out-of-this-world fantastic, and there are others that can't teach their way out of a paper sack." This being said, professors are praised for being, "people with industry and research experience," who, "bring it into the classroom," and "train students not for the final exam, but for the real world."

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Mary T. Barra '85
SVP, Global Product Development, General Motors

Raj Nair '87
Vice President, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company

David Kenny '84
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Weather Company

Robert C. Kagle '78
Venture Capital

Paul Bascobert '87
President, Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Karenann Terrell '86
Walmart EVP, CIO

Keith Allman
Group President, Masco Corporation


From The School

Tuition for the 2011 2012 academic year: $29,586
Room Rate: $4,120
Board, including 19 meals per week: $2,510
Technology Fee: $200
Student Activity Fee: $252
Residence Hall Activity Fee: $30
Orientation Fee (one-time only): $150
*Please remember that tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Kettering students enjoy the activities and participate in the organizations that make college exciting and unique.

College is a place to get to know people, and to make contacts students will have throughout their professional lives. Students can make these vital connections at Kettering University by participating in one of the more than 50 clubs and organizations represented on campus. Whatever their social or professional interests, there are opportunities to work together with other students who share those interests, planning and organizing activities, and perfecting essential leadership and teamwork skills.

Outside of class, students will find plenty of ways to enjoy their free time at Kettering. The following list represents just a few of Kettering's many clubs and organizations:

Firebirds (autocross club),Student Government, International Club, Aquaneers (scuba diving club), Campus Crusade for Christ, Christians In Action (CIA),Cycling Club, Bulldog Band, Outdoors Club, SADD, Tech Sailors, Hockey Club, Karate Club, Black Unity Congress, Political Awareness Club (PAC), Intramural Sports (including basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball), and Swing Club

Kettering also has one of the largest student chapters of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and their Delta Epsilon Chi Chapter (college version of DECA) annually wins top awards in state and national competitions.

Students compete in an intense intramural athletic program and are involved in clubs and professional organizations. Approximately a third of Kettering students join the 13 national fraternities and six sororities that are represented on campus. The school's active student government produces programs to develop peers' leadership skills, self-confidence, interpersonal relations, and organizational operations. Because enrolled students represent approximately 48 states and 18 countries, they have a lot to share with and learn from one another.

Students Say

Kettering is, "a university for an extremely specialized kind of student." "The typical student is a Caucasian male interested in engineering." Students describe themselves as, "geeky and awkward," "inventors [and] go-getters," and say, "If you enjoy taking things apart and seeing how they work, you will do just fine." Many complain about the, "awful male-to-female ratio," but they say there are "programs focused on bringing minority students to campus." Most students are "studious," but they "know how to balance it with fun," and "students spend time working hard, and then they relax hard." Although, "Kettering has a lot of nerdy people," "there are quite a few outgoing and social people," and "Greek life at Kettering is about 45 percent." While, "students may drink for fun," and "fraternities throw the occasional party on the weekend," "It's not a big party school," partially because "all fraternities and sororities are required to be dry, as the entire campus is." Regardless, "There's always a meeting, mixer, or activity to take part in for fun," and "Students love spending time together, whether it be relaxing, studying, or going to local events."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



18% female
82% male
18% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time


From The School

Flint is located in east-central Michigan, just 60 miles west of Lake Huron and the Canadian border, and 60 miles north of Detroit. Flint has approximately 117,000 residents and has a metropolitan area of 450,000. The College Cultural Center Complex is located just one-and-a-half miles from campus and houses a museum, a performing arts auditorium, a planetarium, and the Flint Public Library. The proximity to outdoor activities, city culture, and Flint's own distinctive resources provides students with access to a wide range of activities and opportunities.

Students Say

Kettering University offers a, "very friendly environment," where, "it's really easy to be known and to make a difference on campus." Students say, "Kettering is very good at supporting its students and leading them toward a successful future," and they rave about "fantastic tutoring programs," "effective student government," and the "engagement of the entire community in clubs, groups, and philanthropic activities." A junior says, "One of the greatest strengths for our school is our Greek life. At Kettering, Greek life rules the school," and another student adds, "Intramural sports are a big part of campus life along with all of the clubs we have on campus as well." That being said, many feel, "It would be nice to have more of a sense of school spirit on campus," and they say, "The university could improve on activities to engage interaction among students." Students say they desire better, "communication between students and administration." There are complaints about location, with students saying, "The surrounding area isn't the best."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

41% join a fraternity
35% join a sorority


Athletic Division

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Groups sponsored by the Wellness Center

Minority Support Groups


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell via Micro Wise, Inc; Microsoft; Apple; Zones; CDW-G

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Sheila Adams Cowes
Director of Customer Service & Programs

1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504-6214



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
CS Mott Engineering and Science Center
Connie and Jim John Recreation Center
Frances Wilson Thompson Residence Hall
Chemistry and Physics Laboratories
Engineering Laboratories
Kettering University provides an exceptional education that is based on experiential learning, innovation and entrepreneurship, and an expanding set of relevant degree programs. Our students take their classroom learning to a variety of work settings and bring their working knowledge to the classroom. Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus to learn more about our academic programs, and to meet our faculty, students and staff.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Flint Cultural Center
Flint Farmer's Market
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
Frankenmuth Bavarian Village
Birch Run Mall - Premium Outlets
Flint Cultural Center includes Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery & Research Center, Longway Planetarium, The Whiting, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint Institute of Arts, and Flint Institute of Music.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:00 - 5:00

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M - F, 9:00 am, 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 1:30 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Contact our office

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis and shuttle buses provide easy access to Flint Bishop Airport which is 10 minutes from campus. The city of Flint is served by trains and buses as well. The campus is 80 miles from Detroit Metro Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Approaching Flint from North or South Exit I-75/US-23 onto I-69 East and follow directions from the East. Highway I-69 East Exit I-69 onto Hammerberg Road (exit 135). Turn Left (North) onto Hammerberg Road. Merge into the right lane. Go straight through the first traffic light, and then merge right onto Miller Road. Continue straight (North) at first light which will turn into Fox Street. Continue straight (North) at second light which will turn into Chevrolet Avenue. Turn left (West) into Kettering University’s Campus Center driveway. This is the last driveway on the left before the University Avenue traffic light. Highway I-69 West Exit I-69 onto Hammerberg Road (exit 135). Turn Right (North) onto Hammerberg Road staying in the right lane. Just before the next traffic light merge right onto Miller Road. Continue straight (North) at first light which will turn into Fox Street. Continue straight (North) at second light which will turn into Chevrolet Avenue. Turn left (West) into Kettering University’s Campus Center driveway. This is the last driveway on the left before the University Avenue traffic light.

Local Accommodations
Most major hotel chains have properties in or near Flint. For those flying to Flint the Holiday Inn Gateway, Courtyard by Marriott, Wingate and others sometimes provide complimentary shuttle service to campus. Links to area accomodations can be accessed through the admissions web site.