We believe that the biggest global challenges will only be solved through the talents and creativity of a highly diverse pool of engineers. We define diversity as excellence expressing itself through the experiences and perspectives of all people. Our Office of Diversity and Engagement is leading the charge for excellence through diversity at UVA Engineering.
UVA Engineering students also have opportunities to expand their studies with courses in the University's schools of commerce and Arts & Sciences. Our Biomedical Engineering Department is co-located with the highly ranked School of Medicine. And our Works in Progress program nurtures and supports a community of entrepreneurs. In UVA's top entrepreneurship competition, 70 percent of winners from 2009-2016 were engineering students.
The median starting salary for our Class of 2016 engineering graduates was $70,000, and the top salary reported was $128,000.
"My time at UVA prepared me very well to think analytically, to excel working in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment, to be a team player and to work and communicate with diverse groups. While I was studying engineering, I was involved in many extracurricular activities from Student Council to Global Medical Brigades, which granted me new opportunities and opened my eyes to new territories."
Alessandra Grasso, Class of 2012 Engineering Science Nanomedicine major, working for JaRco Consulting
Through a University of Virginia program called PureMadi, students from a range of majors have been working in South Africa in recent years, collaborating with local citizens to build water filter factories in two villages with a great need for clean water.