Founded in 1836, the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science is committed to making the world a better place by creating and disseminating knowledge and by preparing leaders who will solve the global challenges of the future.
The school provides students with technical and professional engineering and science knowledge that is applied with integrity, wisdom, and leadership. Undergraduates are highly trained in the cutting-edge technical aspects of the engineering discipline(s) they choose, in the context of ethics, judgment, and the analysis, communications, and problem-solving skills they will need to succeed in their future endeavors. Students have opportunities for interdisciplinary research, international studies, entrepreneurship, service learning, business studies, and career development.
UVA Engineering places a tremendous emphasis on supporting all students to succeed, and therefore UVA has the highest four-year graduation rate among public engineering schools in the country, according to the latest figures from the American Society for Engineering Education. UVA is also the top-responding public school for the graduation rate of Hispanic, Asian, African-American, and multi-racial students, and among the top 10 percent for the graduation rate of women.
Distinguished faculty members work directly with students in courses and laboratories across an array of engineering disciplines, in innovative research fields such as creating a sustainable future, engineering improved health care, advancing cyber and physical infrastructure, and providing personal and societal security.
The school has 10 undergraduate degree programs: aerospace engineering; biomedical engineering; chemical engineering; civil engineering; computer science; computer engineering; electrical engineering; engineering science; mechanical engineering; and systems engineering.
The school also has a strong commitment to increasing the number of women and minority students, who traditionally have been underrepresented in science and engineering; of the 2,762 undergraduate students at UVA Engineering in the most recent academic year, 31 percent were women, above the national average of 19 percent. Such organizations as the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers have student chapters. And the school’s students and faculty participate in outreach programs designed to interest future generations in engineering.