The Engineering GoldShirt Program supports motivated and talented students who need additional math, science, or humanities preparation before diving into the full undergraduate engineering curriculum. For this five-year curriculum, students are directly admitted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science. First-year course work focuses on enhancing student preparation for success in their chosen engineering major. The Engineering GoldShirt Program, hosted through CU’s BOLD (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity) Center, was created to address the college’s inclusive excellence goals. The BOLD team provides mentoring, academic, and social support for all Engineering GoldShirt students. Leadership and personal development training are part of the unique Engineering GoldShirt curriculum.
The Engineering GoldShirt Program provides support for attaining excellence in engineering for those students whose high school records do not yet represent their potential. For example, Engineering GoldShirt students may have high GPAs but lower ACT scores, or did not take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The program addresses the needs of students looking for a small community within the larger college. Enrollment in the program is competitive and determined by an on-site interview with the GoldShirt team. Engineering GoldShirt students represent the rich diversity of Colorado. Previous cohorts have included students who are first in their families to attend college, minority students who are underrepresented in engineering, and English-language learners.
Engineering GoldShirt students begin their CU-Engineering career with a two-week residential Summer Bridge Program to prepare for fall classes and begin the crucial community-building process. Students live and dine in a residence hall, participate in team-building activities, complete a service project, and attend math, humanities, and engineering projects courses. Students also become familiar with key offices and locations on the CU-Boulder campus. Engineering GoldShirt upperclassmen and women help as teaching assistants and advisors during the Summer Bridge Program.
GoldShirt students have a custom first-year curriculum that provides approximately 15 credit hours toward an engineering degree and all of the necessary skills to begin their engineering, major-specific curriculum.