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10 Best Automotive Colleges and Universities

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If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the auto industry, you might be wondering which schools offer the best programs. To simplify your search, Edmunds has put together a list of top automotive institutions in the U.S. Edmunds staff interviewed automaker representatives as well as browsed the results from car-building competitions, as they compiled the list. Here are just 10 of these quality colleges and universities, to kick off your search for the perfect school.


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The Top 10

Whether you’re more interested in car mechanics or the budding field of cybersecurity, these institutions provide solid training for auto industry professionals.

University of California, Davis

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

University of Michigan

University of Texas at Austin

Texas A&M University

Cornell University

Kettering University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Tips for selecting an undergrad program

Picking the right school is just the first step, however. It’s equally important to find the right program to jump-start your auto-focused career. Raj Nair, Ford’s vice president of global product development and an alumnus of Kettering University in Flint, concurs. “Find a program that has courses specifically tailored to automotive engineering — for example, suspension design or powertrain controls—it gives you a big advantage.”

Whatever niche you’re interested in, search for programs that cater to that specific topic. For example, if you prefer automobile restoration, look for a program that will provide hands-on experience rebuilding drivetrains and restoring sheet metal. If you’re passionate about automotive marketing, pick a program that offers a foundation of accounting and statistics, as well as courses about dealerships and the aftermarket environment.

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