From the School

Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM education, integrating an intense academic curriculum in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business with applied professional and cooperative learning experiences. Through this proven approach, Kettering University inspires students to realize their potential and advance their ideas.

During study terms, students learn in small classes taught by professors, not teaching assistants. During work terms, they gain professional experience at corporations related to their studies. Students in all degree programs alternate between study terms and work terms.

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.

All of this experience pays off. Research shows that students who participate in co-op and experiential learning programs are more mature, better problem solvers, and more technically knowledgeable. Employers know that Kettering students are the cream of the crop 98% of Kettering University students graduate with job offers within their fields or are attending graduate school within six months of graduating. The average yearly starting salary of a Kettering student is $64,000. Kettering ranks among the top 1% of private institutions in the U.S. to offer $1 million plus return on investment to its graduates according to Affordable Colleges Online.


From The School

Admission to Kettering University is competitive and based on scholastic achievement and extracurricular interests, activities, and achievements. Applicants are required to have completed the following courses (one credit represents two semesters or one year of study): Two credits algebra, one credit geometry, a half credit trigonometry, two credits laboratory science (one of these credits must be from physics or chemistry, and both are strongly recommended), and three credits English. Applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. Most Kettering University students rank at or near the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Kettering University also accepts transfer students. A minimum of 14 credits is required, but 16-20 credits are strongly encouraged. Admission decisions for transfer applicants are based on college records for those who have completed at least 30 credits.

Although applications are accepted all year long, prospective students are encouraged to file their application early in their senior year. Early application significantly improves students' chances for early co-op employment. Interested students can apply online at


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 700

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 29

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action — November 15

Other Admission Factors


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Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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From The School

Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Kettering University's four and a half year cooperative and experiential learning program allows students to earn designated Bachelor of Science degrees in:


Kettering also offers more than 50 minors, concentrations, specialties, courses of study and dual degrees, in areas such as Applied Optics, Pre-Law, Computer Gaming, System and Data Security, and Pre-Med. Additionally, the school offers 12 Master’s Degrees, including an accredited MBA program. Please visit for more information.

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


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

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."


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Keith Allman '85
President & CEO- Masco Corporation

Mary T. Barra '85
Chairman & CEO-- General Motors Company

Henry Juszkiewicz '76
Chairman & CEO-- Gibson Guitar Corp.

Robert C. Kagle '78
Founder and General Partner-- Benchmark Capital

David Kenny '84
General Manager-- IBM Watson

Raj Nair '87
Executive Vice President, Product Development & Chief Technical Officer-- F

Karenann Terrell '86
Excecutive Vice President & Chief Information Officer --Walmart

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $19,895* per term. Kettering is proud to offer students a Fixed Tuition Guarantee. Students making normal progress towards their degree will pay the same tuition rates for their entire college career. Kettering has also eliminated all academically-related fees in its all-inclusive tuition package.

Room and Board for the 2016-17 academic year is $3,890 per term.

*Please remember that tuition and fees are subject to change at any time.

Financial Aid

Kettering University offers traditional need and merit-based financial aid, including a generous merit scholarship program. In fact, more than 99% of Kettering students receive some level of financial assistance. Factor in co-op earnings the average hourly wage of a Kettering student is $14.40 for freshmen and $17.70 for seniors – and our fixed-rate tuition guarantee, and students are looking at one of the best values in education today. Aid is given as grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study awards. Students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request a copy of the analysis be sent to Kettering University. The University works to create a financial package based on those results.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 17

Required Forms


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Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
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Comprehensive Fee

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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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

College life should offer students more than just learning opportunities. To this end, Kettering offers more than 50+ student organizations, such as SAE, DECA and Engineers without Borders, and numerous social activities and intramural sports. Approximately a third of Kettering students join the 12 national fraternities and 7 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. Students come from approximately 48 states and 18 countries, so they also benefit from learning and sharing with this diverse community.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



18% female
82% male
16% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

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."


From The School


Kettering University is located in Flint, MI, roughly 60 miles north of Detroit and a short drive from Lake Huron. Flint has approximately 100,000 residents. The Flint Cultural Center -located just one-and-a-half miles from campus houses the Sloan Museum, Whiting Auditorium, Longway Planetarium, the Flint Institute of Music, and the Flint Institute of Arts. The nearby DTE Energy Music Center is one of the nation's top-ranked amphitheater venues and hosts more than 70 events each summer. While a sizable city, Flint also has 11,000 acres of woods, water and trails to offer all part of Michigan's largest country park system. Students can enjoy golfing, hiking, kayaking, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling, and more. All freshmen live on campus while 36% percent of students live on campus the remainder of their college experience.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

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 culminating undergraduate experience during their senior year for credit toward the 160 required hours. These capstone experiences come in the form of a thesis project on behalf of their co-op employer, a research thesis project, a professional practice thesis project or an entrepreneurship thesis project. The academic year consists of two 11-week academic terms on-campus in Flint and two 12-week co-op terms working for the corporate employer; students alternate their time between Flint and the employer's site.

Off-Campus Opportunities

More than half of a Kettering student's time is spent off campus, fulfilling professional co-op and experiential work requirements at a corporation that relates to their degree or interests. On average, students spend 11 academic semesters working for their employer and nine academic semesters in the classroom. Students work at one of Kettering's more than 500 employer partners located throughout North America and the globe. On average, students earn up to $65,000 over their entire college career.

Undergrads living on campus 36%
Registered Student Organizations: 50+
Number of Honor Societies: 13

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

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."

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

39% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority


Athletic Division

Student Services

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

Minority Support Groups



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
Dir Enroll Events & Visitor Relations

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
Academic Building
Einstein Bros. Bagels
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

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.

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