Leotis Parrish, M.S.
North Carolina A&T’s College of Engineering offers academic excellence, a friendly environment, a robust variety of engineering programs, and a list of corporate recruiters that rivals that of any in the nation.
Undergraduate students who graduate with a 3.00 or better GPA are able to find good jobs and/or opportunities for graduate education at many institutions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that a bachelor's degree is worth more than $2.1 million over 40 years, compared to $1.2 million for high school graduates and engineering degrees, in general, result in larger salaries than those of most other fields.
A college education, especially in engineering, is often far more affordable than people realize. The state of North Carolina has a long tradition of keeping tuition rates low so that all people have the opportunity to achieve their potential. Our Office of Financial Aid is able to put together the best financial aid package, depending on the individual circumstances of each new student. Both the university and the College of Engineering offer scholarships to qualified students. Finally, the investment in a high quality engineering education is well worth it when graduates ultimately achieve long-term good, stable incomes and bright career prospects.
Academic Excellence and Engineering Programs
We are proud of the quality of the education and research of our College; and inspired by the innovativeness, capabilities, and achievements of our engineering students, graduates, and faculty. As we continue on our trajectory of engineering excellence, we invite you to visit us to learn more about the College. We continue the valuable work of educating the country's future engineers and of conducting pioneering research, which will provide advanced methods and products to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.
Our bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs are distributed across seven departments: Electrical & Computer Engineering; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Computer Science; Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering; Computational Science & Engineering; and Chemical, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Engineering. All undergraduate engineering programs in our college are ABET accredited; and the work of our faculty is internationally recognized. We are particularly proud of being the home of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, which conducts collaborative research in the areas of biomedical engineering and nano-bio application in partnership with an international cadre of universities. Together, our College’s educational and research endeavors produce a College of Engineering with an enrollment of over 1660 undergraduate and graduate students and with annual research expenditures over $11,000,000.
The College of Engineering has an especially friendly reputation because the faculty/student ratio is low and students are able to obtain the attention they need to complete their degree programs. The Elite Center for Student Development, housed within the College of Engineering, offers a wide range of support services for students from supplemental instruction to a unique College of Engineering Toastmasters Club and so forth. Our dedicated Student Ambassadors help incoming students and their families with questions and provide guided tours of our engineering facilities.
North Carolina A&T is 10th in the nation in the percentage of B.S. degrees in engineering awarded to women (32.1%). The Society of Women Engineers has a very strong chapter at NCA&T, with impressive corporate backing. Women, who are often underrepresented in the engineering field, find the environment in our College of Engineering welcoming and nurturing.
The surrounding city of Greensboro is an attractive place for undergraduate and graduate students. There are five colleges and universities offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and one community college. The city is of a substantial population (269,666) so that there are unlimited opportunities for recreation and festivities—from beautiful national and local parks to important athletic competitions and outstanding concerts to a wide, eclectic array of shops and restaurants there are plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation after hard days of studying and research.
An Education that Draws Jobs
Our list of corporate recruiters rivals that of any institution of higher education in the nation because of our status as a leading national producer of African-American engineers (North Carolina A&T is a land-grant HBCU institution). Hundreds of engineering employers attend campus career fairs, and thousands of jobs and hundreds of internships are offered during any academic year. Annually, approximately 200 undergraduate students receive their engineering degrees from NCA&T, and a significant percentage of these students pursue graduate degrees directly after obtaining their B.S. degree.
Engineering firms are looking for students like ours—students with real world skills, research experience, and an aptitude for communication and leadership. A recent study by NSF of 21 colleges and schools of engineering throughout the nation found that 81% of our students felt confident about their professional and interpersonal skills (self-confidence, leadership ability, etc.) as opposed to 66% of the students at the other colleges and schools of engineering. Emphasis is placed on learning these skills throughout our curriculum and in the wide array of extracurricular activities that are offered to our students.