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Kettering University Overview

Kettering University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Flint, Michigan. The city atmosphere of Flint makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Kettering University Known For?

466 Undergraduate Awards
$38,035 Avg Cost After Aid
74% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Kettering is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Kettering.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Kettering with a bachelor's degree make about $80,500 a year. That's 97% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Kettering University Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, Kettering is ranked #47 out of 2,587 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 67 colleges in Michigan, it is ranked at #1.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Kettering has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Kettering.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Business & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Industrial Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Engineering Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Computer Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Kettering has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Other Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#1 Best Business Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#29 Best Schools Grad Degree
#45 Best Engineering Schools College Factual
#68 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#94 Best Business Administration & Management Schools College Factual

Where Is Kettering University?


Contact details for Kettering are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1700 University Avenue, Flint, MI 48504-6214
Phone: 800-955-4464

How Do I Get Into Kettering?

You can apply to Kettering online at:

Admission Requirements for Kettering

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Kettering?

74% Acceptance Rate
28% Of Accepted Are Women
89% Submit SAT Scores
Kettering has an acceptance rate of 74%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 72% of accepted students are men and 28% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 89% of students accepted to Kettering submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Kettering University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Kettering University  ( 600 to 700 )
Kettering received ACT scores from 32% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 32. Math scores were between 25 and 30. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Kettering University  ( 23 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for Kettering University  ( 25 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for Kettering University  ( 25 to 30 )

Can I Afford Kettering University?

$38,035 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Kettering is $38,035. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Kettering, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $12,274 a year. That adds up to $49,096 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Kettering is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Kettering University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,597 Full-Time Undergraduates
22% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,659 undergraduate students at Kettering, with 1,597 being full-time and 62 being part-time.


There are also 371 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,597 full-time undergraduates at Kettering, 78% are male and 22% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Kettering University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 99
Black or African American 39
Hispanic or Latino 73
White 1,245
International Students 52
Other Races/Ethnicities 89

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Kettering University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 19 countries are represented at Kettering. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Jamaica.

Online Learning at Kettering University

343 Took All Classes Online
343 Took At Least One Class Online
2.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 343 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Kettering has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 32nd most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Kettering

The following table shows how Kettering is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Engineering Science #5 #5
Other Business, Management & Marketing #28 #28

Online Growth Rankings of Kettering

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Kettering University was 2.1%. This is the #1,631 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Kettering regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Kettering majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Kettering ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Kettering.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Business, Management & Marketing #47

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Kettering University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Mechanical Engineering 260 0 260
Business Administration & Management 10 59 69
Electrical Engineering 64 0 64
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 59 59
Engineering Science 0 40 40
Computer Engineering 31 0 31
Engineering-Related Fields 0 27 27
Chemical Engineering 27 0 27
Computer Science 23 0 23
Industrial Engineering 23 0 23
Engineering Physics 8 0 8
Chemistry 6 0 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 5 0 5
Physics 4 0 4
Applied Mathematics 3 0 3
General Biology 2 0 2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0
TOTAL 466 185 651


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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