New Pre-­Engineering Program Facilitates Transition into Engineering

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Applications to the College of Engineering and Applied Science have increased dramatically in recent years, as has the quality of our incoming first-­year freshman students. Along with this trend, the number of applicants with an interest in engineer­ing who are not initially successful in being admitted to the college also has grown.

Many students who are declined immediate admission to the College of Engi­neering and Applied Science ultimately enroll in CU's College of Arts and Sciences. To help these students achieve their goal of becoming engineers, the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences collaborated to create the Pre­-Engineering Program, which provides a structured pathway of CU-Boulder course work combined with academic advising support from both colleges. More than 500 students are participating in the program's inaugural year, says James Murray, program coordinator.

To facilitate their successful transition into engineering, Pre-­Engineering students enroll in appropriate math and science courses during their first year of study. They also enroll in the Introduction to Engineering course for their first semester to learn about CU's 13 undergraduate engineering majors and the wide range of careers associated with those majors. Minimum grade and GPA requirements must be met to secure admission to the college. Most students can complete these requirements in three semesters, while some may do so in as few as two semesters.

Beyond academics, Pre-Engineering students are encouraged to live on campus in one of the engineering­-affiliated student communities, join engineering student organizations and societies, and participate in college events such as Engineering Days.

> Learn more about the Pre-­Engineering Program

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