The Stevens Difference

An Entrepreneurial Spirit

Stevens has been at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship since the late 1800s. Founder Edwin A. Stevens was raised in a family of inventors and entrepreneurs who transformed their inventions into a number of successful enterprises, including the first steam-driven locomotive in the U.S. in 1826.  We are proud to continue that tradition today, holding innovation and entrepreneurship as core university values. By creating an environment that recognizes and rewards innovation while promoting intellectual property, the university encourages faculty and students alike to realize technological innovation. The Stevens commitment to innovation extends to our educational methods. We believe that ideas should be taken from the vision stage through R&D and commercialization, because it’s at that point that they make a real impact. That’s why Stevens integrates the startup experience into the curriculum wherever possible. All undergraduate majors include a capstone experience, many of which are sponsored by government and industry and go on to be actualized and patented.

Community Minded Campus

One common thread among students, faculty and staff across all disciplines is the desire to make a positive impact and effect change that improves the way we live. At Stevens, that takes shape in many forms: the research we do, the innovations we pioneer, the service we give back to our community, the attention we pay to making sustainable choices, and the caring spirit that can be seen and felt across our campus. From Habitat to Humanity projects to research using wind energy and solar arrays for campus energy efficiency and the success of the Solar Decathlon team in advancing energy efficient housing, the Stevens community is involved in contributing to the improvement of our community – on our campus, in our Hoboken neighborhood, and in the global community at large.

Engineering Design Spine

The Engineering Design Spine is part of the core engineering curriculum that all B.E. students, regardless of discipline, must take. It consists of eight core design courses taken throughout all eight undergraduate semesters of study – including a two-semester capstone senior design project – which introduce students to the underlying principles of engineering design through hands-on and project-based learning. By providing broad-based exposure to the many fields of engineering and hands-on problem solving experience, the Design Spine is critical in preparing Stevens engineering students to succeed in the workplace. In Design Spine courses, teams of students use knowledge drawn from all of their other courses in that term as well as all of their preceding courses to engineer innovative devices and technologies.  Read more about the Engineering Design Spine.

Bridging Disciplines in a Research University Culture

When engineering, science, humanities, and business majors work together, something special happens: they gain exposure to the full cycle of innovation. What happens when research comes to life in a tangible product that can be moved into the marketplace? What does it take to match that product to customer need and deliver it to the places it can make the most impact? How are innovations in technology vital to society and what role can innovation play in our lives? The culture at Stevens supports research teams that cross disciplinary boundaries, giving students the full picture of the impact that science, technology, and innovation can have and better preparing them for the workforce as problem solvers of the highest caliber.


Fifty-five acres of park-like campus in one of the nation’s top college towns doesn’t even begin to describe the impact of our location. Like our faculty, our alumni, and our research, our location is connected. Being at the epicenter of the corporate world is advantageous to our students, our faculty, and our research. Forty-two of the Fortune 500 are headquartered in our “front yard,” and more than 200 of the Fortune 1000 are headquartered close by in neighboring areas. This proximity results in access to partnerships, opportunities for collaboration, and a network of employers who recruit at Stevens because they are familiar with the caliber of a Stevens graduate.

Career Development

The Stevens Office of Career Development maintains relationships with hundreds of companies that recruit Stevens students precisely because our rigorous, one-of-a-kind preparation has a proven record for helping companies achieve their corporate goals. With cooperative education, internships and research opportunities that extend to undergraduates, virtually 100% of Stevens students get the real-life experience they need to hit the ground running.

Project-Based Learning

Stevens faculty carefully design curricula that cover both breadth and depth, offering our students hands-on, project-based learning. This hallmark of a Stevens education means that our graduates leave the university with the expert knowledge and broad understanding that top employers are seeking today.