Several of the top Christian colleges in the country offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various areas of engineering. These schools vary in denomination, size and the types of extracurricular opportunities they offer students. Here we discuss a handful of these schools and their engineering degree programs.
Some of the top Christian colleges with engineering degrees are located in states like Illinois, Texas and Tennessee. In the table below, examine a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Emory University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Atlanta, GA||$49,392|
|Lipscomb University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Nashville, TN||$30,932|
|Calvin College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids, MI||$33,100|
|Wheaton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Wheaton, IL||$35,190|
|LeTourneau University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Longview, TX||$29,320|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Top Christian Colleges with Engineering Degrees
Top Christian colleges with engineering degrees may be considered some of the best for their national recognitions, small class sizes, unique learning opportunities or other stand-out features. Explore some of the top Christian colleges, their engineering programs and their spiritual growth opportunities.
Emory University in Georgia had close to 6,940 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. According to the school's website, the university is committed to advancing sustainability efforts on campus. It also has more than one third of undergraduates participate in study abroad and was ranked the tenth most diverse college in 2018 by BestColleges.com. Through a unique partnership with Georgia Tech, the university offers 5-year undergraduate dual degree programs in engineering as well as a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. At the undergraduate level, students can choose from various engineering areas, like chemical engineering, nuclear engineering and aerospace engineering. Spiritual life at Emory University includes chapel services and a wide range of student organizations, such as Campus Ministry International, Graduate Christian Fellowship and Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
Tennessee's Lipscomb University offers undergraduate degree programs in electrical and computer, civil, mechanical and software engineering, as well as a master's degree program in software engineering. Students can further develop their faith on campus through chapel services, prayer sessions, small groups, Bible studies, devotionals, missions and spiritual mentoring with the Joshua Project. In 2017, the NCES reported that the school had about 2,990 undergraduate students. According to the school's website, the engineering college boasted a 95% placement rate for graduates and an 85% pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam as of 2018.
Calvin College in Michigan promotes spiritual growth on campus by providing chapel and worship services, Bible studies, service-learning projects and a unique spiritual encouragement program in the residence halls, called the Barnabas Program. According to the NCES, the college had close to 3,750 undergraduate students in 2017. The school offers a 13 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, and 99% of students participate in service-learning opportunities; 85% participate in internships, per the school website. Students interested in engineering can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in civil and environmental, mechanical, chemical, or electrical and computer engineering. With between 70 and 90 students completing this major each year, engineering is the third most popular undergraduate field of study at the college (according to the school's website), and students have the opportunity to study abroad and be trained as a global engineer.
Wheaton College in Illinois had around 2,390 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. According to the school's website, the college ranks among the top 25 for its liberal arts science department and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Similar to Emory University in Georgia, Wheaton College offers a 5-year, dual-degree in engineering that includes hands-on projects, internship opportunities and various engineering-related student organizations, like Robotics Club and Ingenium Engineering Club. Students spend the first three years at Wheaton and then continue their education at the engineering school of their choice. Students who opt to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology can continue to live in Wheaton and receive financial aid through the school. For their spiritual growth, students can participate in chapel services, worship services, Discipleship Small Groups, Family Groups (Asian and Asian-American small groups) or Strongholds (groups aimed at overcoming sexual sin).
LeTourneau University in Texas offers undergraduate engineering degrees in mechanical engineering, engineering technology (with several concentrations) and engineering with concentrations in areas such as biomedical, materials joining, civil, electrical and computer engineering. The university also offers graduate degree programs in engineering and engineering management in addition to state-of-the-art labs devoted to each engineering specialty. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, Life Groups, mission trips, prayer and praise services, devotions and student ministries, like Morning Prayer. In 2017, the university had around 2,610 undergraduate students, according to the NCES. The school's website states that the university's student body represents at least 50 different religions or denominations, and 90% of students for 2018-2019 received some form of financial aid. Engineering students can take advantage of a 93% job placement rate for engineering program graduates.