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April 4, 2016 - Thirteen King’s College students have been accepted by the University of Notre Dame as the first class to participate in the cooperative 3-2 dual degree program in engineering.

The students will complete their third year of studies at King’s in May.  They will attend Notre Dame the next two academic years.  Upon successful completion of the program, the students will earn a bachelor’s degree in one of four academic disciplines from King’s and a bachelor’s degree in one of seven engineering disciplines from Notre Dame.

Notre Dame accepted all 13 students who applied for that portion of the program, according to Paul Lamore, associate professor of management and director of the engineering program.  Students either achieved the minimum 3.3 grade point average necessary to continue the program or had a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.3 and strong faculty recommendations.

“The fact that Notre Dame accepted all 100 percent of the King’s students is a testament to the effectiveness of our faculty members and also the dedication of these students,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s president.  “King’s feels that this opportunity to partner with our fellow Holy Cross Congregation educational institution is a very attractive opportunity for current and future students.”

The students have spent three years at King’s taking mathematics, science, pre-engineering and liberal arts courses, and will complete engineering courses in their chosen field at Notre Dame. Upon successful completion of the five-year program, students will receive both a bachelor of science from King’s (in physics, chemistry, computer science, or environmental science) and a bachelor of science in engineering from Notre Dame (in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering). 

Nine of the 13 students were among the first class of 20 students who entered the program in its first year in the 2013-14 academic year.  The other four students entered King’s as science majors and transferred to the engineering program the following academic year.

Subsequent to the announcement of the engineering dual degree program, three additional opportunities for King’s students to participate in one-year master’s degree programs in the Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame were established.  King’s students can participate in a master’s of science in management, master’s of science in accountancy, or master degree program in entrepreneurship.

Pictured seated, from left, is Wayne Flood, Anthony Anonia, Jason Spevak, Matthew Sipsky, Dylan Pegg, and Hunter Ragantesi.

Pictured standing, from left, is Paul Lamore, associate professor of management and director of the engineering program; students Ryan Tracy, William Gaynord, Connor Mitchell, Aidan Joyce, James Thomas, Nicholas Bennie, and John Docalovich.