Our Mission

Kettering University prepares students for lives of extraordinary leadership and service by linking transformative experiential learning opportunities to rigorous academic programs in engineering, science, mathematics, and business.

Our Vision and Values


Kettering University will be the first choice for students and all our partners seeking to make a better world through technological innovation, leadership and service.


Respect for teamwork, honesty, encouragement, diversity, and partnerships with students.

Integrity including accountability, transparency and ethics.

Creativity  fostering flexibility and innovation.

Collaboration across disciplines and with all partners.

Excellence in all we do.

Pillars of Success

Our success focuses on Optimized Growth, Global Leadership, Community Vitality, and Engaged Stakeholders.

  • Global Leadership in STEM Education - Kettering University delivers an education that couples theory and practice better than any institution in the world. The University renews its commitment to experiential and applied learning in collaboration with leading faculty and industry partners to deliver amazing classroom and applied research experiences.
  • Community Vitality - Kettering University’s success is linked to the success of the city of Flint, state of Michigan and the entire Midwest region. As such, the University and its students, faculty, staff and alumni are and will continue to be active partners and leaders in the efforts to create a vibrant and economically thriving community, region, nation and world.
  • Engaged Stakeholders - Kettering University’s amazing legacy of global leadership and achievement results from active and productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders that includes alumni, industry partners, educators, community leaders, neighbors and friends. The University is committed to strengthening this culture of engagement and giving with all stakeholders in support of Kettering University’s mission.
  • Optimized Growth in Enrollment and Programs - Kettering University has an extraordinary ability to attract top talent, whether it’s award-winning students or world-class faculty. The University will expand its enrollment intentionally through strategic financial aid packages, fixed tuition guarantees and growth in programs to attract and retain top students who meet the talent demands of a rapidly changing global workforce.

About Us

The institution was founded in 1919 as The School of Automobile Trades and opened under the direction of Albert Sobey to train engineering and management personnel. In 1923, the school became the Flint Institute of Technology offering a four-year cooperative education program, and enrolling more than 600 students. Recognizing the potential of cooperative education, the General Motors Corporation took over financial support of the school in 1926, renamed it General Motors Institute, and started utilizing the facility to develop engineers and managers. In 1945, the Institute added a fifth-year thesis requirement and became a degree-granting college with a continuing commitment to cooperative education.

GM divested itself of ownership of the school in 1982 and the schools was renamed GMI Engineering & Management Institute. Also in 1982, the institution began offering graduate programs to on- and off-campus students.

In a study profiled in The Economist, Kettering University ranked fourth in the country in producing alumni who hold patents.

Kettering University was ranked first in the country in career preparation in a 2017 survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

Kettering University received a 2018 ‘Best in the Midwest’ designation from the Princeton Review.

The Washington Monthly ranked Kettering fifth in the Midwest in its 2017 ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ college rankings.

Kettering University was first in the Midwest and 19th nationally in PayScale.com’s 2017 Return on Investment rankings.

Kettering University received a ‘Military Friendly Schools’ designation from Victory Media in 2017.

Kettering University’s Mechanical Engineering program was ranked sixth nationally by College Factual.

Institutional Accreditation

Kettering University has been accredited since 1962 by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440 and (312) 263-0456.

Engineering Programs Accreditation

The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Computer Science Program Accreditation 

 The following program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  • Computer Science

Applied Physics Program Accreditation

The following program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  • Applied Physics

Business Program Accreditation

The Business program was accredited in 1995 by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Parks, KS 66213, http://www.acbsp.org/.