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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 you find a good Christian engineering college that is also a conservative Christian university? Christian parent's want Christians their kids to have opportunities to celebrate their faith find opportunities to be active in on-campus ministry groups.

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)


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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."

You can also find a list of schools that give scholarships to homeschoolers here, but you may have to weed through the list in order to see if they are Christian engineering colleges.

The most important thing is to make sure your school, and the engineering major at 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 33

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.
Guest - Amy on Tuesday, 02 February 2021 23:25

When I was looking at colleges 25ish years ago, the tour guide at George Fox emphasized several times that chapel wasn't required. Mentioning it once would have been fine, but he was a bit too giddy about no chapel.

When I was looking at colleges 25ish years ago, the tour guide at George Fox emphasized several times that chapel wasn't required. Mentioning it once would have been fine, but he was a bit too giddy about no chapel.
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!
Guest - Lee (website) on Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:41

That's wonderful, Sandy! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Anita
Assistant to The HomeScholar

That's wonderful, Sandy! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Anita Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Lee (website) on Saturday, 15 March 2014 13:43

Lisa,
Go to a Christian College fair, and see what you can find there. That should help!
Blessings,
Lee

Lisa, Go to a Christian College fair, and see what you can find there. That should help! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Lisa on Saturday, 15 March 2014 11:19

Hello,
I live on the east coast and I am looking for a conservative christian college that has a good marketing program. Do you have any recommendations?

Hello, I live on the east coast and I am looking for a conservative christian college that has a good marketing program. Do you have any recommendations?
Guest - LeTourneau Engineering Grad on Thursday, 16 February 2012 06:49

I graduated from LeTourneau and received an outstanding Engineering education with a strong biblical foundation. One of their core principles is to train students to integrate their christian faith with their work. Many graduates go into missions.

I graduated from LeTourneau and received an outstanding Engineering education with a strong biblical foundation. One of their core principles is to train students to integrate their christian faith with their work. Many graduates go into missions.
Guest - Qingli on Friday, 12 April 2019 03:27

Thank you so much for this post. Thank you for the recommendations which really give me more clear directions. Keep the discussions going, please.

Thank you so much for this post. Thank you for the recommendations which really give me more clear directions. Keep the discussions going, please.
Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 12:06

Dear Kim,
I love LeTourneau, and I recommend it often. I'll rewrite this post and include that on the list
Blessings,
Lee

Dear Kim, I love LeTourneau, and I recommend it often. I'll rewrite this post and include that on the list :) Blessings, Lee
Guest - Kim on Monday, 12 December 2011 17:17

LeTourneau University in Longview, TX, continues to be one of the top engineering schools in the nation. They have a master's in engineering program (something I don't know if the other schools mentioned above have) and they have been ABET accredited for years. Many LeTourneau grads go on to get PhD's at top schools in the nation and others teach at top schools. I personally know of one who teaches at the Naval Academy (Dr. Janelle Peipemeier). I would be careful to mention LeTourneau in the list above - leaving it out is really passing over a diamond of a Christian college with an incredibly strong engineering program.

LeTourneau University in Longview, TX, continues to be one of the top engineering schools in the nation. They have a master's in engineering program (something I don't know if the other schools mentioned above have) and they have been ABET accredited for years. Many LeTourneau grads go on to get PhD's at top schools in the nation and others teach at top schools. I personally know of one who teaches at the Naval Academy (Dr. Janelle Peipemeier). I would be careful to mention LeTourneau in the list above - leaving it out is really passing over a diamond of a Christian college with an incredibly strong engineering program.
Guest - Nancy Devine on Sunday, 25 September 2011 17:39

When looking at engineering schools, keep in mind that ABET accreditation is *very* important if your student is looking to enter the professional engineering ranks. At least in Washington state, your degree must be from an ABET accredited school or you must meet the same requirements that a non-degreed engineer must meet, in order to sit for the professional engineer licensing exam.

When looking at engineering schools, keep in mind that ABET accreditation is *very* important if your student is looking to enter the professional engineering ranks. At least in Washington state, your degree must be from an ABET accredited school or you must meet the same requirements that a non-degreed engineer must meet, in order to sit for the professional engineer licensing exam.
Guest - Laura Stein on Saturday, 24 September 2011 15:17

Olivet Nazarene in Illinois is fairly liberal. My daughter and I visited the campus about 3 years ago and were not impressed with the overall spiritual atmosphere on campus. They do have good programs, but we felt the good education (and large scholarships) would not be worth the liberal education.

Olivet Nazarene in Illinois is fairly liberal. My daughter and I visited the campus about 3 years ago and were not impressed with the overall spiritual atmosphere on campus. They do have good programs, but we felt the good education (and large scholarships) would not be worth the liberal education.
Guest - J W on Thursday, 12 March 2009 09:12

As far as I'm concerned, East Texas is the prettiest part of Texas. I used to hear advertisements for LeTourneau on the Dallas Christian radio station all the time. Pine Cove Christian Camps is southwest of Longview, and might have summer job opportunities.

As far as I'm concerned, East Texas is the prettiest part of Texas. I used to hear advertisements for LeTourneau on the Dallas Christian radio station all the time. Pine Cove Christian Camps is southwest of Longview, and might have summer job opportunities.
Guest - Lee (website) on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:09

Hi Jenny,
He likes it. I have met Le Tourneau at the Christian college fair, and I really liked them a lot! My friend knows that I already recommend them, and that I had mentioned the school already. I have never visited LeTourneau, so you need to check it out for yourself, but the people I've met at college fairs are great - and they have the most wonderful, geekiest 3D postcard for their engineering school! It's great!
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Jenny, He likes it. I have met Le Tourneau at the Christian college fair, and I really liked them a lot! My friend knows that I already recommend them, and that I had mentioned the school already. I have never visited LeTourneau, so you need to check it out for yourself, but the people I've met at college fairs are great - and they have the most wonderful, geekiest 3D postcard for their engineering school! It's great! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Jenny Wells (website) on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:02

Is your professor friend familiar with La Tourneau in East Texas? Wonder what his opinion would be of their programs.

Is your professor friend familiar with La Tourneau in East Texas? Wonder what his opinion would be of their programs.
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