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Christian Colleges with Engineering and Civil Engineering Majors

written by: Erik Hinrichsen•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 12/29/2010

This article contains a list of the best Christian colleges for engineering and civil engineering majors. It also gives advice on how to choose a Christian college for these types of majors including information on accreditation and college networking for the student's benefit.

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    Many young Christian students want to attend Christian colleges. Engineering is a popular major, but some Christian colleges offer a limited number of majors. If you want to attend a Christian college with an engineering major, make sure to check its list of course offerings first. Some schools might offer only Mechanical engineering, for instance, so anyone wanting to attend a Christian college with a civil engineering major would have to look elsewhere. This article will provide some clarity and advice for students confused by the process of looking for Christian colleges that offer engineering.

    The most important thing to look for is accreditation. Employers and graduate schools prefer, and may even require, that students graduate from accredited programs. This is especially true for engineering, where ABET accreditation is the standard. Unaccredited schools are, in general, a poor option for engineeering students. With that in mind, the schools listed in this article are all fully accredited, so you don't have to worry about receiving a worthless degree.

    Another important aspect of choosing a college is the school's reputation and network. A college with a good reputation can help its students find jobs after graduation, and will often have a strong network of alumni. Christian colleges with the engineering major and good reputations will have strong networks of alumni, who can help students find internships or jobs.

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    List of Christian Colleges Offering An Engineering Major

    • Andrews University (Michigan)
    • Baylor University (Texas)
    • Calvin College (Michigan)
    • The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
    • Cederville University (Ohio)
    • Christian Brothers University (Tennessee)
    • Dordt College (Iowa)
    • Geneva College (Pennsylvania)
    • George Fox University (Oregon)
    • Gonzaga College (Washington)
    • Greenville College (South Carolina)
    • Grove City College (Pennsylvania)
    • Harding University (Arkansas)
    • Hope College (Michigan)
    • John Brown University (Arkansas)
    • LeTourneau University (Texas)
    • Lipscomb University (Tennessee)
    • Loyola Marymount University (California)
    • Marquette University (Michigan)
    • Messiah College (Pennsylvania)
    • Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma)
    • Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois)
    • Oral Roberts University (Oklahoma)
    • Seattle Pacific University (Washington)
    • St. Ambrose University (Iowa)
    • Taylor University (Indiana)
    • Union University (Tennessee)
    • University of Dayton (Ohio)
    • University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
    • University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
    • Valparaiso University (Indiana)
    • Walla Walla University (Washington)
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    List of Christian Colleges Offering A Civil Engineering Major

    These schools specifically offer an accredited degree in Civil Engineering. Accreditation is very important for civil engineering, as civil engineers without an accredited degree usually cannot become licensed.

    • Calvin College (Michigan)
    • The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
    • Christian Brothers University (Tennessee)
    • Geneva College (Pennsylvania)
    • Gonzaga University (Washington)
    • Loyala Marymount University (California)
    • Marquette University (Wisconsin)
    • University of Dayton (Ohio)
    • University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
    • Valparaiso University (Indiana)
    • Walla Walla University (Washington)
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    Choosing a school

    The above lists are a good place to start, but which Christian colleges can be considered some of the best? There are several considerations to take into account: denomination, cost, location, size, and ranking. With that in mind, this section contains information on some top Christian schools offering engineering programs.

    Best Catholic School

    Notre Dame

    Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

    Tuition and fees: $39,919

    Enrollment: 8,372 undergrad

    Admission: 29% applicants admitted

    Rankings: 19th Overall, 47th engineering

    Best Protestant College

    Calvin College

    Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Tuition and fees: $24,870

    Undergraduate Enrollment:4,015

    Admission:93% of applicants admitted

    Rankings:101/47th engineering (among schools whose terminal degree is a bachelor's or master's)

    Best Jesuit School

    Loyola Marymount University

    Location: Los Angeles, California

    Tuition and fees: $36,404

    Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,833 undergraduate

    Admission: 59% of applicants admitted

    Rankings: 3rd (among colleges)/19th engineering (among schools whose terminal degree is a bachelor's or master's)

    Best Evangelical School

    Messiah College

    Location: Grantham, Pennsylvania

    Tuition and fees: $27,480

    Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,766

    Admission: 69% of applicants admitted

    Rankings:4 (Northern Colleges)/144th engineering (among schools whose terminal degree is a bachelor's or master's)

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    How to Choose the Best College

    The above colleges and universities are all excellent schools. Determining which school is the best is always a difficult, and subjective, decision; the school that's the best for one student may not be the best for another. With that in mind, the schools listed as "best" above were considered on the basis of ranking, selectivity, and connections to industry. Rankings are a good place to start, but they shouldn't take precedence over other factors like cost, location, and industry connection.