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Why Choose CETA?

CETA focuses on interdisciplinary and undergraduate research. Our students work on real-world projects sponsored by industries like United Technologies and Gerber Scientific and government agencies like NASA. Even first-year students can get involved in research work that is about helping people. In addition, we offer a wide variety of programs in both engineering and technology as well as architecture. And you can get involved in a variety of professional societies from the moment you join CETA. These organizations offer a chance to socialize with people who share your interests, to network for internships and jobs, to attend conferences, and to learn from your peers. And all CETA organizations are student-led.


The programs in Acoustical Engineering and Music, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Architectural, Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Interdisciplinary and Undergraduate Research

CETA focuses on interdisciplinary and undergraduate research. Even first-year students can get involved in projects supported by industry, solving real-world problems and helping people improve their work and home lives.

A Wide Variety of Programs

CETA offers a wide choice of majors, minors, and degree programs, in both engineering and technology, which includes architecture. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits the University and all programs in CETA are licensed and accredited by the State of Connecticut Board of Higher Education.  The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the ABET, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering in acoustical engineering and music, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering in biomedical engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Contact ABET at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; 410.347.7700;

The Bachelor of Science programs in Electronic Engineering Technology, Architectural Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET. Contact ABET at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; 410.347.7700;

The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), 1735 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006;

A Well Educated and Experienced Faculty

Eighty percent of CETA's faculty hold the terminal degree in their field of expertise. In addition, many of the faculty consult with industry, perform research for industry, and hold the Professional Engineer or Registered Architect designations. Because of their education and experience, our faculty can offer you what you need to learn to succeed in your career. Faculty by department

An Active Board of Visitors

Executives of local and regional business and industry, education, civic organizations, and graduates of CETA sit on this board, which advises the College about what skills graduates need to be able to work after they complete their education. The board also assists the College in securing external support of its programs, assists in recruiting competent faculty and capable students, and assists in job placement for students and graduates. Board of Visitors

Small Classes and Well-Equipped Classrooms, Labs, and Studios

The average class in CETA is 18 students, though many classes run with far fewer students. Those classes are held in classrooms, labs and studios equipped with digital and overhead projectors and television equipment regularly maintained by Media Technology Services, as well as computers. We regularly update our teaching labs and studios with new software and equipment supported by an in-house staff of computer and technology specialists. In addition, through our Open Lab Program, students can use the labs and studios outside of regularly scheduled hours, and students can work as lab and studio monitors in the program.

Clubs and Professional Organizations

CETA students have a wide variety of clubs and professional organizations to join in addition to the many groups available to them through the University. Every major offers at least one organization for its students to join, and there are groups that anyone in the College can join as well. Those groups all offer various activities including field trips and conferences, the chance to socialize with people who share your interests, and the opportunity to network with professionals in your chosen field for internships and jobs. In addition, we have chapters of several honor societies to which our students may be nominated as they progress through their studies. Clubs and professional organizations

Cooperative Education

CETA offers a Co-op Program that allows students to work in industry and receive academic credit for that experience. The Co-op Office and faculty advisor identify appropriate placements for students, who may, if their major allows, apply 3 to 6 credits of Co-op toward their degree requirements.

Individual Attention within a Larger University

As CETA is a relatively small school, our students receive individual attention. The professors know students by name and Student Services staff help students keep track of their progress. We also assign upper-class student volunteers to mentor first-year students, to guide them through the transition from high school to college and their field of study.

At the same time, CETA students are also part of a larger university community that offers additional organizations and activities along with more assistance, if needed. Also through the University, students have the opportunity to study abroad and earn credit toward their degree. Likewise, if students change their mind about their major- though we hope they will not - there's a good chance they will not have to transfer to find what they want to study because the University offers over 100 programs of study to choose from.

Opportunities to Help People

Most of the projects that CETA students work on are sponsored by industry and address real problems that affect people. CETA students are currently working on a device to detect and prevent breathing difficulties in premature infants and a device to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in workers putting sensor assemblies together. Other projects have involved a breathing snorkel for astronauts and better drilling of holes by lasers.

Furthermore, because the University of Hartford is "a private school with a public purpose," students have the opportunity to volunteer their time in many well-established service organizations. University Main Street, for instance, arranges for students to tutor children in Hartford public schools. CETA's Center for Integrated Design offers assistance to the surrounding cities and towns with resources in architecture, engineering, business, and visual communication design. Through this group, CETA students receive experience in real-world projects that also benefit communities. Those are just two examples of the possibilities for service available through the College and the University.

Successful Graduates

Our students go on to successful careers in business and industry and to graduate school.