Explore Engineering

Engineers ask questions about how to improve quality of life, and then use their creativity and analytical and technical skills to transform those big ideas into reality.


Many doors are open to those who earn engineering degrees. Examples include:

  • Helping transform healthcare by engineering methods for treating diseases or manufacturing human tissue and organs
  • Engineering new types of materials that harvest their own atomic-level heat and use it for energy, a critical method for developing new, more advanced technologies and devices
  • Finding new solutions for cybersecurity threats
  • Developing cyber-physical systems
  • Driving the future of smart, efficient transportation systems
  • Pushing the boundaries of global high-speed networks to meet the demands for big data
  • Studying systems and processes in big organizations to help them serve their clients more effectively
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    There has never been a better time to be an engineer, and especially an engineer who is part of the University of Virginia community. Learn more about undergraduate applications and admissions.

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UVA Engineering offers 10 undergraduate degrees:

 

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.

Our students benefit from a dedicated Center for Engineering Career Development. Employers come to Grounds for annual career fairs and covet our well-rounded students. Top employers include:

  • Capital One
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • U.S. Navy

The median starting salary for our Class of 2016 engineering graduates was $70,000, and the top salary reported was $128,000.

Alessandra Grasso

"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

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