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Discover Engineering

Unsure of your path in Engineering? You are in good company.

About 20 percent of our first-year students choose Discover Engineering to learn more about career paths, curriculum, majors, minors and ways to gain practical experience.

As a member of the Discover Engineering program at the University of Dayton, you will explore the academic programs in the School of Engineering before finalizing your major. With the help of a semester-long seminar and the assistance of your Student Success adviser, you'll discover the area of engineering that's right for you while staying on track academically. The seminar covers the curriculum and careers of each engineering program (chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical), as well as the multitude of complementary minors, concentrations and programs.

Once you decide on your engineering academic program, students admitted as Discover Engineering are guaranteed to move into any engineering program and students admitted as Discover Engineering Technology are guaranteed to move into any engineering technology program. If you'd like to move between the engineering technology programs, you can coordinate with your adviser on the process to do so!

  • 90%

    first-year student retention rate

  • 97%

    successful after-graduation placement rate

  • $63,984

    average starting salary

A High-Quality Education

Engineering Office of Student Success Engineering Minors and Concentrations Committed Faculty

The OSS is staffed by engineering professionals who serve as academic advisers. OSS advisers help you stay on track with your degree program while crafting a custom set of experiences (co-op, study abroad, ETHOS, etc.) to complement your coursework.

Engineering Office of Student Success

Complement your engineering program with a minor or a concentration that connects with your passions.

Engineering Minors and Concentrations

Researchers at the University of Dayton are working on a refrigerator that can cool without electricity. The project was started by students in UD’s ETHOS program and mentored by faculty members, Dr. Amy Ciric and Dr. Jun-Ki Choi. The solar-thermal adsorptive refrigeration (STAR) system uses inexpensive, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly materials to provide cooling for vaccines.

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Visit Campus

The best way to understand our passion, innovation and community is to experience it yourself.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

The Ethos Center

Students serve others and use practical engineering skills for humanitarian purposes. Our students learn about the world, different cultures and themselves. Students participate internationally or domestically in technical immersions for 11+ weeks or in breakouts for up to two weeks.

Innovation Center

In the Innovation Center, student teams solve real-world problems for industry clients. More than 1,500 challenges have been solved for over 200 companies.

The Diversity in Engineering Center

The Diversity in Engineering Center connects engineering students, faculty and staff as well as engineering industry and community partners to create opportunities for academic success, professional networking and inclusive communities.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Student-run clubs and organizations provide students with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge in an area of unique interest, compete in national competitions, be part of a team and assume leadership roles.

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Engineering Co-op and Internship

Explore Your Engineering Future

Take your engineering experience to the next level and find your passion with co-op and internship opportunities. All engagements are paid positions and provide invaluable engineering work experience integrated into the student's academic plan. In one academic year, over 450 undergraduates accepted engineering placements that resulted in $6.2M paid directly to the undergrads.


School of Engineering

Kettering Laboratories, Room 565
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254

Program Accreditation

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET certifies our undergraduate programs in chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering. The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET certifies our undergraduate programs in electronic and computer, global manufacturing, industrial, and mechanical engineering technology.