Published: April 7, 2021

The National Academy of Engineering has recognized the college’s Engineering GoldShirt Program as an “exemplary admissions practice that promotes diversity in engineering.”  

These students are academically driven to perform well. 

Phil Courey
 GoldShirt Program Manager

The GoldShirt Program, housed in the BOLD Center, was created in 2009 to provide a path to engineering for students traditionally underrepresented in the college. It is modeled after the concept of redshirt athletes who spend time preparing and improving athletically before fully participating in all team activities.

Through the program, 374 students who would have previously been denied access to engineering have been admitted into the college. 

“These students are incredibly driven academically to perform well,” GoldShirt Program Manager Phil Courey said. “They also really take advantage of the opportunities available to get involved in extracurricular activities, to grow. They maximize their experience here in ways that definitely impact their peers and the broader work of faculty and staff in the college.”  

The NAE received 25 nominations from across the country and chose programs at eight universities. 


Number of students who participate in the GoldShirt Program each year.


Weeks spent in Summer Bridge program to prepare students for classes.


Number of students who have been admitted to the program.