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First Year Experience

Engineering or Engineering Technology?

CETA focuses on interdisciplinary and undergraduate research. Our students work on real-world projects sponsored by industries like United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Mott Corp and Gerber Scientific and government agencies like NASA. 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. In addition, we offer a wide variety of programs in both engineering and technology as well as architecture. You can get involved in a variety of professional societies from the moment you join CETA. These organizations offer a chance to socialize with others 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.

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.

The Bachelor of Science programs in Electronic Engineering Technology, Architectural Design + 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.

A Well Educated, Experienced Faculty and an active Board of Visitors

Eighty percent of CETA's faculty hold the terminal degrees 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.

In addition, CETA hosts executives of local and regional business and industry, education, civic organizations, and graduates of CETA that sit on the Board of Visitors, which advises the College about what skills graduates need to be able to work after they complete their education and more. 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.

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

The average class in CETA is 24 students, though many classes run with far fewer students. Those classes are held in classrooms, labs and studios equipped with digital and overhead projectors, 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 CETA's 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.

Internships Experiential Learning

CETA internships enhances traditional classroom and laboratory education with work opportunities. Internships provide the opportunity for students to apply their academic education while allowing them to obtain the practical experience necessary to perform successfully in today’s world. CETA students work with their faculty advisor, CETA Assistant Dean and/or the Office of Career Services to assist in identifying an appropriate internship, clarifying job expectations, and granting academic credit for the internship experiences, as appropriate.  CETA also works closely with the Career Services to assist students with networking, resume building and more.

Student Services Focus

In CETA, faculty and staff know students by name. Students work with faculty, the Student Services staff and student mentors /ambassadors to navigate the transition from high school to college and in pursuit of their field of study and career goals.  There are a variety of services to assist CETA students with this transition from a freshmen class taught by staff (ES 101 / ET 111) and on-campus workshops to the Center for Student Success.