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Conservative Christian Engineering Colleges

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! 

Christian engineering colleges

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.

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Comments 27

Guest - John Vadnal (website) on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 13:42

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.

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.
Robin on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 18:29

That's good info, John!

Thank you!

Robin

Assistant to The HomeScholar

That's good info, John! Thank you! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Steve on Thursday, 05 September 2019 16:29

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.

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.
Guest - Amy R on Friday, 12 April 2019 03:10

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.

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.
Guest - Aaron on Friday, 12 April 2019 01:12

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

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: [url=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]https://www.dordt.edu/.../engineering/department-profile[/url]
Guest - Julie Gumm (website) on Friday, 12 April 2019 00:54

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.

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.
Guest - Jacquelyn Makinen on Thursday, 11 April 2019 23:46

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Terra Haute, IN. Not Christian but several professors are. More conservative than most. Top undergraduate engineering school. Spendy though.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Terra Haute, IN. Not Christian but several professors are. More conservative than most. Top undergraduate engineering school. Spendy though.
Guest - Suzanne Sheppard (website) on Thursday, 11 April 2019 23:28

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.

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.
Guest - Sherri on Thursday, 11 April 2019 23:18

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.

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.
Guest - Carrie on Thursday, 11 April 2019 22:58

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.

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.
Lee Binz on Thursday, 11 April 2019 16:32

Thanks so much Pat! I appreciate your suggestion.
Blessings,
Lee

Thanks so much Pat! I appreciate your suggestion. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Pat Wesolowski (website) on Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:51

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/

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/
Guest - Danielle on Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:33

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.

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.
Support at The HomeScholar on Thursday, 11 April 2019 21:34

Hi Daneille,
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.
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Daneille, 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. Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Sandy on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:29

Two of my sons attend Cedarville (Marketing and Allied Health). The quality is great as well as the scholarships!

Two of my sons attend Cedarville (Marketing and Allied Health). The quality is great as well as the scholarships!
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