There are almost 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer aerospace engineering programs. When looking for a program that also includes Christian values and teachings, the options become a bit more limited. Here we look at a handful of Christian colleges offering aerospace engineering degrees.
Attending an aerospace engineering program at one of the following universities could bring your tuition cost to between $30,000 and $52,000. While most are Roman Catholic schools, you can also look at LeTourneau University, which is interdenominational.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Saint Louis University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Saint Louis, MO||$42,166|
|University of Dayton||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Dayton, OH||$41,750|
|University of Notre Dame||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Notre Dame, IN||$51,505|
|LeTourneau University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Longview, TX||$29,320|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Aerospace Engineering Programs at Christian Universities
If you want to study aerodynamics, aerospace, and aeronautical design, you'll want to check out an aerospace engineering program. If you want that program to be at a private, Christian college, check out the colleges below for more information on courses, athletics, and campus ministry opportunities.
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University (SLU) had a 90% retention rate for first-year students in the 2016 to 2017 academic year, according to NCES. Of the 12 colleges and schools that make up SLU, the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology is where you'll find its aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs. The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering program includes both practical and theoretical components, and SLU has computer labs that feature advanced software to help you learn all about aerospace engineering. Some of the courses you may take during your study at SLU include gas dynamics, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, propulsion, heat transfer, and linear systems.
Along with courses, there are plenty of on-campus organizations to get involved in, including the Aerospace Club, the Parks Aerodesign, the Flying Billikens, and a chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. For those seeking spiritual time, mass is offered at one of the school's chapels every day of the week. Some chapels hold multiple masses each day.
University of Dayton
At the University of Dayton, aerospace engineering programs are offered at the master's and doctoral degree levels, though you can also earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with an aerospace engineering concentration. The aerospace engineering department has four areas of research: computational fluid dynamics, flapping wing flight, unmanned air vehicles, and low-speed aerodynamics. At the It Flies! International competition, held periodically on campus, students design aircrafts and then run simulations to see how well their designs will work.
To support students' spiritual life, most residency halls on campus have their own resident ministers who help guide and support students throughout daily living and tasks. Along with this, there are several religious groups to provide fellowship, such as Campus Crusade for Christ and Chi Rho Catholic Men's Group. There are also BreakOut trips, where students take part in immersion experiences around the world to learn compassion and to help underprivileged populations.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame may be the most well-known school on this list. The school had a graduation rate of 95% for males and 96% for females beginning their programs in 2011, according to NCES. Notre Dame offers retreats, mass, and worship services in addition to several clubs and organizations that are affiliated with the Catholic faith, providing many outlets for you to get involved with the campus's spiritual life. The First Year Retreat provides students with the opportunity to spend time discovering themselves and their relationship with God.
In the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, you'll find an undergraduate aerospace engineering program. The first two years of your program will mainly focus on the university's core requirements, but during the spring semester of your second year, you'll dip your toes in engineering classes. Before long, you'll study topics such as aerospace structures, compressible aerodynamics, space dynamics, and gas turbines. The department also offers master's degrees and PhDs in the fields of aerospace and mechanical engineering if you want to continue your studies.
As the most affordable option on this list, LeTourneau University also provided 100% of first-time undergraduate students with grants and scholarships for 2016-2017, according to NCES. Along with 20 men's and women's sports and athletics clubs, there are several community ministry groups, such as Over the Fence (outreach for the local community), prison ministry, Trick or Treat on College Street, and Kidz Club.
Looking over to the scholarly part of the college, there are over 60 majors. One of these programs happens to be an engineering technology major with aeronautical electrical and aeronautical mechanical concentrations. There are also several aviation and aeronautical science majors that can be majored or minored in, so you are not limited when seeking courses in aerospace engineering.