About Us

About Us

Kettering University Online is dedicated to helping STEM+ professionals achieve the extraordinary through technological innovation, leadership and service.

Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. Through this proven approach, we inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice better than any institution in the world.

Our History

The year was 1919. WWI had just ended, and Americans were eager for peace, prosperity and the feel of the open road from the front seat of a new automobile. About the time that Ford produced its 3 millionth Model T, Kettering University opened its doors as a night school known as the School of Automobile Trades, serving automotive engineers and technicians.

Four years later, we became the Flint Institute of Technology, offering a four-year cooperative education program. Recognizing the potential of cooperative education, the General Motors Corporation took over financial support of the school in 1926 and renamed it the General Motors Institute. During this time, the school served General Motors engineers and managers exclusively.

In 1982, the institute became an independent university offering graduate programs to on- and off-campus students in every industry. The name was formally changed to Kettering University in 1998 in honor of engineer and inventor Charles Kettering.

Today, Kettering University serves forward-thinking students in every industry with 14 undergraduate degrees, five graduate degrees and a variety of concentrations and minors. Our online programs link transformative experiential learning opportunities to rigorous academic programs in Engineering Management, Lean Manufacturing and Operations Management.