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First-Year Programs

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Nuclear engineering student Sarah Davis explores the differences between first-year lecture and lab engineering classes and lays down some “real talk” about how first-year engineering students can make the most of their time and succeed.

Student works on project in ICS

engage Engineering Fundamentals Program

All incoming first-year students are automatically enrolled in engage, one of the nation’s most innovative approaches to first-year engineering education. The curriculum includes an overview of our eleven majors, computer tools for problem solving, teamwork exercises, communication skills, and physics. In this success-oriented environment, students learn by interacting with others to create solutions to engineering problems.

GTA works with students in honors classroom

Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program

Our most driven students complete both curricular and extracurricular requirements established by the National Academy of Engineering to graduate with honors. The program focuses on undergraduate research, interdisciplinary coursework, entrepreneurship, global experience, and service-learning, with an eye toward solving the world’s most pressing challenges.This program is complementary to the university’s Chancellors Honors Program. Engineering students may choose to pursue both programs.