Founded in 1836, the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science is committed to providing undergraduate students with a high-impact, hands-on educational experience that prepares them to be engineering leaders who can meet the technological challenges of the 21st century.
The school emphasizes leadership, service, and engineering solutions that benefit society. The undergraduate program offers rigorous technical training, interdisciplinary research opportunities, service learning, entrepreneurship, and international study. Courses include engineering, business, entrepreneurship, ethics, mathematics, the sciences, and the humanities.
Twenty-one percent of UVA Engineering’s undergraduate students are enrolled in the engineering business minor, 20 percent hold minors in engineering areas outside their major, and 13 percent plan to graduate with a double major.
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 nine departments: biomedical; chemical; civil and environmental; computer science; electrical and computer; engineering and society; materials science; mechanical and aerospace; and systems and information.
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 2,662 undergraduates at UVA Engineering, 32 percent are 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.