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Ursinus Enters New Pre-Engineering Partnership

Students on a pre-engineering track at Ursinus College now have an opportunity to enroll at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., to earn a dual degree. The program allows students to earn a liberal arts degree at Ursinus and an undergraduate engineering degree from Washington University.

This represents Ursinus’s third pre-engineering partnership. It is also affiliated with the combined plan program in engineering at Columbia University and the dual degree program in engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

“There is a strong research presence [at Washington University],” said Lew Riley, professor and chair of physics and astronomy. “They are a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates site, and about half of their engineering students participate in research.”

“There are also strong ties between the engineering school and both the School of Medicine and the Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship at WashU,” he said.

Washington University has invested $275 million in their engineering facilities since 2000, and 92 percent of their graduates have either landed a paid position or are pursuing advanced degrees within six months of graduating, making this partnership an attractive option for Ursinus students who wish to earn a valued liberal arts degree while also pursuing engineering.

More information about pre-engineering programs is available on the Ursinus website and information about the Washington University program can be found here.