Students discuss co-op opportunities at Factory One in Flint, Michigan.

Co-op / / Your Launchpad For Success

If you enjoy solving problems, learning new stuff and putting it to use then Co-op is for you. With the Kettering University Co-op education plan you are challenged in the classroom and then let loose to put your ideas and brains to work at a company.  And not just any company, but one that matches with what you want to do and your career aspirations.

2021 Summer Employment Fair 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 


The Smarter Approach to Education

Let’s cut to the chase: if sitting in 90-minute lectures, four times a day, four years in a row is your idea of learning, Kettering University is probably not the place for you.

We’ve forgone the traditional college experience in favor of something far more effective and it’s called Kettering Co-op.

As a Co-op student, you will alternate between terms of academic classes and full-time professional employment. This opportunity allows you to learn course materials and also apply it!. The Co-op method leads to more durable retention of knowledge, not to mention incredible networking opportunities.

And let’s not forget about the money. By the time you graduate, you ‘ll have gained up to 2.5 years of professional work experience and earned up to $70,000. Not bad for a student who hasn't even entered the full time workforce. And by the way, all students participate in the Co-op program.

Hidden Gem

Kettering University has been identified as part of the College Gazette’s Top 10 Best “Hidden Gem” Technology Schools in the U.S. in 2021.

Taking the second spot in the nation, the report specifically mentioned Kettering’s Co-op model, which provides the unique opportunity for its students to graduate with 2 ½ years of professional experience and wages earned on the job in addition to their classroom education.


"My Co-op experience has helped me realize what type of work environments are best suited for me. I like that my Co-op gives me the opportunity to practically apply the concepts I learn in my classes. One class that was particularly useful was my Comm. 101 class, during which my professor dedicated a class period or two to email writing and other forms of corporate style communication."

Rachel L. '22

Rachel L. is a Biochemistry major and in the Class of 2022.

Kettering Co-op By The Numbers

2.5 Years

Kettering University provides you with an opportunity for up to 2.5 years of professional experience by graduation.


Average Co-op earnings over 4.5 years.


Students who gain real-world experience through Co-op.

3 Reasons Co-op Is Your Launchpad For Success

  1. Raise your earning potential: Most employers prefer candidates with practical work experience. Our Bachelor of Science graduates have the highest starting salaries in Michigan (

  2. Enhance your experience: Refine your skills, widen your network and gain valuable hands-on experience with successful companies before you graduate.

  3. #1 in the country for career prep: From developing your resume to honing your interview skills, you’ll receive personalized career prep support from your co-op manager (The Wall Street Journal).


A Lifetime of Success

Kettering graduates showcase the value of a Kettering degree. They are entrepreneurs who create world-changing technologies; high-powered executives who lead Fortune 500 companies and innovators who turn great ideas into even better products.

If you are wondering how a small university in the Midwest could yield more patent-producing graduates than brand-name institutions, it’s time you discovered Kettering University.


On average, Kettering University graduates see a 20-year return on investment of $781,000, according to's 2019 College ROI Report