Institute of Technology (United States)

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Josiah Willard Gibbs was the first person to be awarded a Ph.D. in engineering from an American university in 1863.[1]

Polytechnic Institutes are technological universities many dating back to the mid 19th century. A handful of American universities include the phrases Institute of Technology, Polytechnic Institute, Polytechnic University, University of Technology or similar phrasing in their names; these are generally research-intensive universities with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

In the lists below, an asterisk (*) denotes research-intensive universities that offer up to PhD or DSc degrees.

Institutes of technology



Polytechnic universities



Technological universities


Contrast to technical colleges

Conversely, schools dubbed "technical colleges" or "technical institutes" generally provide post-secondary training in technical and mechanical fields focusing on training vocational skills primarily at a community college level -- parallel and sometimes equivalent to the first two years at a bachelor's-granting institution. The academic level of these schools varies by course of study; some courses are geared toward immediate employment in a trade, while others are designed to transfer into a four-year program. Some of these technical institutes are for-profit organizations (such as ITT Technical Institute) compared to most other non-profit educational institutes.

See also


  1. "Four at SEAS receive Gibbs Distinguished Staff Awards". Yale University. Retrieved 15 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Stevens Institute of Technology