Do you have an engineering 'geek' in your household? (Read my article, Teaching Geeks) Need to find a conservative Christian Engineering College for them? I can give you a jumping off place if you aren't sure where to start!
How can a Christian find a good engineering school that is also a conservative Christian university? Schools my family liked include Seattle Pacific University (Free Methodist) in Washington, and George Fox University (Quaker) in Oregon. We loved the atmosphere of both schools! I also recommend LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
But what about if you live on the other side of the country? Fortunately, I have a friend who is a professor of engineering, and he shared some helpful suggestions with me. Here is what my engineering professor friend suggested:
Cedarville University in Ohio
Grove City in Pennsylvania
Calvin College in Michigan
Seattle Pacific University in Washington
George Fox University in Oregon
LeTourneau University in Texas
Messiah College in Pennsylvania
Geneva in Pennsylvania
Olivet Nazarene in Illinois
Andrews University in Michigan (7th Day Adventist)
My friend explained, "Of this list my first recommendation would be Cedarville, based on its engineering programs quality and its theological stance. Next would be Grove City. After that, based in the same criteria, would be Calvin. Messiah has grown to be liberal. I think Geneva is fairly good along these lines but I don’t know about the quality of the engineering programs. Same for Olivet."
The most important thing is to make sure your school, and the engineering major in the school, are ABET accredited. Many engineering companies will not hire an applicant with a degree that is not ABET accredited. It's a VERY big deal.
Attending an engineering college can be expensive. If you need scholarships, watch my free class, Super Scholarships for the Humble Homeschooler and get great tips on getting great scholarships!
No single list can help everyone, of course. However, if you don't even know where to begin looking for a conservative Christian university with an engineering school, at least this is a starting point! This list can help you start your college search. Attending a college fair can be your next step. Do your homework to make sure each college is a good fit for your child. Learn how to find a college you love.
Please note: This post was originally published March 2016 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Another conservative Christian school to consider for engineering is Liberty University (LU) in Lynchburg, VA. They have 5 engineering programs: Civil; Computer; Electrical; Industrial & Systems; and Mechanical. With over 500 engineering students within 15,000 residential students and roughly 100,000 online students, LU has a lot to offer.
I attended LeTourneau and I highly recommend it for engineering academics and faithfulness to God and His word. They are very intentional about melding faith and work. When I was there, most classes began with a short devotion.
Pensacola Christian College is a great college to also add to this list. My husband, brother in law, and many friends earned degrees in engineering at PCC and have gone on to earn Mater's degrees and have very successful careers in the field. Pensacola is ABET accredited. The cost can not be beat and neither can the white Florida beaches.
I wholeheartedly recommend adding Dordt College to your list. They are a conservative Christian school in Western Iowa and have been ABET certified for 30 years. My son is currently a junior there double majoring in Chemistry and Engineering Science and minoring in theater. He is considering going on to get a masters degree in nano-medicine. Here is a link to their engineering page: https://www.dordt.edu/.../engineering/department-profile
Also check out John Brown University. Our engineering program (https://www.jbu.edu/majors/engineering/) is top notch, ABET accredited and has some of the most caring faculty I've ever met. JBU has been around for 100 years and our mission is still the same - a Christ-centered education. I know I'm biased because I work there, but myself, my husband, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law graduated and now two of my kids attend. We have an engineering summer academy (https://www.jbu.edu/academic-partnerships/summer-academy/engineering/) which is a great way to not only see if engineering is the right fit, but to also get a taste of JBU.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Terra Haute, IN. Not Christian but several professors are. More conservative than most. Top undergraduate engineering school. Spendy though.
Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA is currently expanding their school of engineering. I have 2 Liberty grads though in other courses of study. Engineering is really going to ramp up at Liberty as they will be breaking ground this fall on a new facility for their engineering program. They are already ABET accredited but the new building will be open in fall 2021.
Please add John Brown University, http://www.jbu.edu, to your list. JBU provides a wonderful Christ-centered education and has ABET accredited engineering programs.
Walla Walla University (WWU) also has a great engineering program. We are a sister Seventh-day Adventist School to Andrew's University on the list above. WWU is a small, Christian school in SE Washington.
After homeschooling my 9, I am now the Homeschool Specialist at Bryan College and we just added Mechanical and Civil Engineering. We would love to be added to your list. The head of our Engineering School is Dr. Thomas Marshall who has an engineering degree, a seminary degree, played banjo in a blue grass band, has a black belt and is a homeschool dad! He has a vision for missional engineering. https://www.bryan.edu/academics/undergraduate/majors/engineering/
I have a kid who graduated from George Fox in 2016 (not in Engineering). There is no way he would classify the Bible teaching there as "conservative." Loosely Evangelical-ish would be more accurate.
Thanks for the insight. It really does help to have the perspective of someone who attended there, though I think Lee is calling the college "conservative" in comparison to some colleges - particularly secular colleges.
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Two of my sons attend Cedarville (Marketing and Allied Health). The quality is great as well as the scholarships!
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