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50-50 Highlights: 3-2 Engineering Programs

Engineering studentToo often students limit their choices because of preconceived notions about what is “best” or “required.” If you want to do pre-med, you must be a major research university; if you’re interested in film, nothing less than a film school will do. And if you want to be an engineer, you must attend an engineering school.

The last statement is partially true. Students who want to be engineers must graduate with from an engineering program, preferably one that has ABET accreditation. However, they don’t necessarily have to start at an engineering school.

3-2 engineering programs allow students to spend three years at one campus studying the sciences or mathematics and then transfer their last two years to a school with an engineering program to complete an engineering degree. The advantage of these programs is that it can allow students to take smaller classes with more faculty interaction to build a solid foundation for later engineering courses. The disadvantage is that students will be leaving their small, tightly knit home campuses to start a new program as seniors, not an easy thing to do.

The number of 3-2 participants at any college is going to be small and you’ll really only see them as a group at the destination engineering schools. Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University are the two major programs for 3-2 students and offer them specific support services. However, there are numerous schools that accept students into engineering programs, some with formal guarantee admission agreements, others requiring separate applications.

There are over two hundred colleges that offer at least one version of a 3-2 program and over half of them are 50-50 schools. The following list is based on just those that are affiliated with the major 3-2 engineering school programs. I suspect any interested students could arrange a 3-2 opportunity at their institution, they would just have to apply as regular transfer students. The 3-2 option is not for everybody, but is one way to enjoy the advantages of a small liberal arts experience before concentrating on engineering.

50-50 Schools with 3-2 Engineering Programs

NameTypeStateFull-time
Under-
graduates
4/5 yr
Grad
Rate
Affiliated
with
Wash U StL
Affiliated
with
Columbia U
Other
Affiliation
Adelphi UniversityPrivateNY452554yes
Agnes Scott CollegePrivateGA86957Georgia Tech
Albion CollegePrivateMI135362yesCase
Allegheny CollegePrivatePA210470yesyesCase
Arcadia UniversityPrivatePA215459yes
Augustana CollegePrivateIL253273yes
Augustana CollegePrivateSD170352yes
Austin CollegePrivateTX123574yesyes
Baldwin Wallace UniversityPrivateOH303650yesCase
Beloit CollegePrivateWI126170yesyesRPI
Berry CollegePrivateGA200752yes
Birmingham Southern CollegePrivateAL120856yes
Bloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA864262Penn State
Capital UniversityPrivateOH244850yesCase
Carroll CollegePrivateMT136452yes
Carthage CollegePrivateWI253052Case
Central CollegePrivateIA146162yes
Centre CollegePrivateKY134387yesyes
Clark UniversityPrivateMA225375yes
Covenant CollegePrivateGA101155Georgia Tech
Denison UniversityPrivateOH230884yesyesRPI, Case
DePauw UniversityPrivateIN230774yesyesCase
Doane College-CretePrivateNE113860yesyes
Drake UniversityPrivateIA318964yes
Drew UniversityPrivateNJ156866yes
Duquesne UniversityPrivatePA565063Case
Earlham CollegePrivateIN107162yesRPI, Case
East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA574155Penn State
Eckerd CollegePrivateFL206457yesyes
Elizabethtown CollegePrivatePA185870Penn State
Elon UniversityPrivateNC520977yesyesGeorgia Tech, Penn State
Fairfield UniversityPrivateCT347178yesRPI
Furman UniversityPrivateSC262379Georgia Tech
Georgia College & State UniversityPublicGA513154Georgia Tech
Goshen CollegePrivateIN80655Case
Goucher CollegePrivateMD144657yes
Hartwick CollegePrivateNY150351yes
Hendrix CollegePrivateAR135663yesyes
Hiram CollegePrivateOH114458Case
Hobart William Smith CollegesPrivateNY226772yesDartmouth, RPI
Hope CollegePrivateMI320567RPI, Case
Illinois CollegePrivateIL96151yes
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityPrivateIL200878yesyesCase
Ithaca CollegePrivateNY615970RPI
John Carroll UniversityPrivateOH285966Case
Juniata CollegePrivatePA150071yesyesPenn State
Kalamazoo CollegePrivateMI136663yes
Knox CollegePrivateIL139271yesyesRPI
Lake Forest CollegePrivateIL153462yes
Lawrence UniversityPrivateWI147354yesyesRPI
Lebanon Valley CollegePrivatePA161867Penn State, Case
Lewis & Clark CollegePrivateOR212169yesyes
Loyola University ChicagoPrivateIL895252yesyes
Loyola University MarylandPrivateMD387579yes
Luther CollegePrivateIA242168yes
Marietta CollegePrivateOH141854yesCase
Maryville University of Saint LouisPrivateMO172552yes
Miami University-OxfordPublicOH1465778Case
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA667561Penn State
Millsaps CollegePrivateMS82866yes
Moravian College and Moravian Theological SeminaryPrivatePA145971yes
Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityPrivateNE154451yesyes
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityPrivateOH180461yesRPI
Pacific Lutheran UniversityPrivateWA302860yesyes
Pacific UniversityPrivateOR165854Case
Providence CollegePrivateRI379184yesyes
Randolph CollegePrivateVA60953yes
Randolph-Macon CollegePrivateVA128649yes
Rhodes CollegePrivateTN189980yes
Ripon CollegePrivateWI92158yesRPI
Rollins CollegePrivateFL241662yesyesCase
Saint Francis UniversityPrivatePA159051Penn State
Saint John Fisher CollegePrivateNY275364yesRPI
Saint Louis University-Main CampusPrivateMO735460yes
Saint Marys College of CaliforniaPrivateCA278250yes
Saint Vincent CollegePrivatePA148162Penn State
Seattle Pacific UniversityPrivateWA310856yes
Sewanee-The University of the SouthPrivateTN148674yesyesRPI
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA636355Penn State
Siena CollegePrivateNY304869RPI
Simpson CollegePrivateIA142358yes
Slippery Rock University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA730860Penn State
Southwestern UniversityPrivateTX137667yes
St Olaf CollegePrivateMN312883yes
SUNY at FredoniaPublicNY507463yesRPI, Case
The College of IdahoPrivateID100350yesyes
The College of WoosterPrivateOH204370yesCase
University of Puget SoundPrivateWA255569yesyes
University of RedlandsPrivateCA261161yesyes
Ursinus CollegePrivatePA165171yes
Wabash CollegePrivateIN90469yesyes
Waynesburg UniversityPrivatePA146454Penn State, Case
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPublicPA1213365Penn State
Western Illinois UniversityPublicIL916150Case
Westminster CollegePrivateMO108259yes
Westminster CollegePrivatePA140872yesCase
Wheaton CollegePrivateMA161377Dartmouth
Whitman CollegePrivateWA150980yesyes
Whittier CollegePrivateCA155466Case
Whitworth UniversityPrivateWA230165yesyes
Willamette UniversityPrivateOR196869yes
William Jewell CollegePrivateMO101161yesyes
Wittenberg UniversityPrivateOH178461yesCase
Wofford CollegePrivateSC159679yes

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