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Our Bulldog Pride
See what sets Kettering apart and sets our students up for success
Since our founding in 1919, Kettering University has been preparing students for lives of extraordinary leadership and service by linking transformative experiential learning and cooperative education opportunities to rigorous academic programs in engineering, science, and business. As we carry on Kettering’s legacy into our second century, we—our programs and our students—receive consistent recognition for quality, achievement, and success.
No one else does co-op like Kettering.
Learning as students, earning as professionals, our undergrads rotate between the classroom and real-life work experiences in 12-week terms throughout their time at Kettering as part of our innovative cooperative education program. The intensive program begins in a student's first year-and gives our graduates a jump-start on their chosen careers.
2.5 years: Amount of work experience our students achieve by graduation.
$15.38: Average hourly co-op earnings for first-year students.
$18.72: Average hourly co-op earnings for seniors.
400: Number of partners employing our students.
Education that makes financial sense
Maximizing students’ investments in education is important to us. We want students to begin their professional lives on a financial foundation that supports them until retirement. Beginning with our co-op program through post-graduation earning potential, a Kettering education facilitates lifetime financial stability.
- Our graduates receive an average of an 8% annualized return on their investment, according to collegefactual.com.
- 32% of our graduates pay off their federal student loan debt within two years after beginning repayment, according to the Department of Education.
- Graduates begin their careers earning an average of $66,000 per year, according to collegefactual.com.
- $93,893: The median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid at 10 years after entering the school, according to the Department of Education.
Fueling technological advancements
From autonomous vehicles, off-road cars and intelligent vehicles to Esports and combat robotics, Kettering students put their cutting-edge engineering knowledge to the test against their peers across the country as members of our many competition teams.
- 2022: Bulldog Bolt team placed second in AutoDrive Challenge’s Dynamic Obstacle Challenge for autonomous vehicles.
- 2022: Dr. Diane Peters, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, named Advisor of the Year at AutoDrive Challenge.
- 2022: Kettering placed second in the Self-Drive Challenge, earned a grand award and placed fourth in the Self-Drive Design Competition at the 2022 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition.
- 2022: Kettering's Formula Society of Automotive Engineers [SAE] team finished fourth overall, fifth in the autocross and endurance events, sixth in the acceleration event, and seventh in the fuel-efficiency event at the Formula SAE Michigan event.
- 2022: Formula SAE Team won the SAE Collegiate Cup at the SAE Mid Michigan’s National Engineers Week Annual Banquet in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Improving our community
A true measure of Kettering's success is the success of our community in Flint, Michigan. For more than a century, serving the community has been a pillar of the Kettering experience. We are committed to improving the lives of the people we call neighbors and the place we call home.
- University Avenue Corridor Coalition: As part of the UACC, Kettering has been instrumental in the transformation of Flint into an attractive and safe community that is conducive to sustainable development. Our students, faculty members and staff work side by side with residents in a variety of year-round cleanup, repair and improvement projects in the community.
- Service Saturdays: These community service events take place throughout the year. They promote civic engagement among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and cooperative education partners who take part in neighborhood cleanups, small repair projects, food bank assistance, and many other efforts. Today, Service Saturdays are an integral part of orientation to introduce our new students to our commitment to community vitality.
- Community improvement: At the university level, Kettering is actively involved in a number of regional coalitions, community organizations, professional groups and philanthropic efforts. Learn more here.
- COVID-19 leadership: Kettering stepped up to help guide the community—and the country—through the pandemic starting in 2020. A group of faculty members and students used their skills and our 3D-printing equipment to make masks and personal protection equipment for local organizations. Atwood Stadium served as a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in a partnership with Hurley Medical Center. Four alumnae contributed the skills and knowledge they gained at Kettering to the effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine at Par Pharmaceutical in Rochester, Michigan.
Notable alumni leading the way
Our graduates leave Kettering with the drive and the knowledge to solve real-world problems and lead with innovation in a range of industries and markets. They are making their mark in the business world.
- Mary Barra, ’85, Chairman and CEO of General Motors.
- Peter Deepe ’19, Co-founder KUHMUTE, a multi-modal charging network for micromobility.
- Brian Falther ’11, Founder of HopTera Aviation Industries, HopMondo Space Industries and blu5step Records; Co-founder of Bowery Farming.
- Denise Gray ’86, President, LG Energy Solution, Michigan.
- Gerald Johnson ’85, Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Sustainability at General Motors.
- Jennifer Johnson ’99, President and CEO of Kendrick Plastics.
- Willy Joseph ’09 and ’12, Vice President, Sports Data and Gaming Products at Viacom CBS | CBS Sports Digital.
- Robert C. Kagle ’78, Co-founder and General Partner of Benchmark Capital.
- David Kenny ’84, CEO and Chief Diversity Officer of Nielsen.
- Sean McBurney ’03, Regional President at Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
- Latondra Newton ’91, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company.
- William Osborne ’83, Senior Vice President of Total Quality and Operations at Boeing Defense, Space and Security.
- Thomas G. Plaskett ’68, Former executive in the airline industry; father of the frequent flyer program.
- Cory Steuben ’10, President of Munro and Associates, an Auburn Hills, Michigan-based provider of a variety of engineering services from benchmarking to product development.
National and regional rankings
- One of the Best 388 Colleges in the country | The Princeton Review | 2023
- One of the Best Midwestern colleges | The Princeton Review | 2023
- Bronze medal rating as a military-friendly school | Military Friendly® | 2022-23
- No. 3 — Best Value Colleges in Michigan | Niche | 2023
- No. 11 — Best Small Colleges in Michigan | Niche | 2023
- No. 11 — Top Private Universities in Michigan | Niche | 2023
- No. 1 — Graduates’ starting salaries in Michigan | SmartAsset | 2022
- No. 3 — Best Value Colleges in Michigan | SmartAsset | 2022
- No. 3 — Most Innovative Regional Universities Midwest | U.S. News & World Report | 2023
- No. 12 — Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs | U.S. News & World Report | 2023
- No. 14 — Best Mechanical Engineering Programs | U.S. News & World Report | 2023
- No. 13 — Best College for Veterans Among Regional Universities | U.S. News & World Report | 2023
- No. 19 — Programs to Look For: Co-ops/Internships | U.S. News & World Report | 2023
- No. 11 — Top Entrepreneurship Under 10,000 Students | The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur | 2022
- No. 48 — Top 50 Entrepreneurship programs | The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur | 2022