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. You can view our on-campus programs here.
Our online programs link transformative experiential learning opportunities to rigorous academic programs in MS Engineering-ECE-Advanced Mobility Focus, Engineering Management, Lean Manufacturing, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management as well as MBA.