Beginning with registration for the freshman fall quarter, each student is partnered with an engineering faculty member for course registration and academic performance advising. Students in special situations may be assigned to work with the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising. Students’ high school transcripts are carefully screened for math and science classes, in addition to ACT/SAT performance scores. Based on this and a possible calculus readiness test, the advisor assigns students to appropriate freshman physics and calculus course sequences to promote solid knowledge in these fundamental areas. The faculty advisor continues meeting with each student at least once per quarter to ensure proper sequencing of topics and completion of graduation requirements. Students are also provided with a Bear Tracks 101 Registration and Advising Handbook, which contains useful information from calculator and computer policies to curriculum requirements for various majors and minors within the College.
We strive to meet the educational needs of all our students. Tutoring is often key to assisting students as they master new material. All faculty at the university maintain a minimum of five office hours per week, and class sizes are small enough that students can easily ask questions within lecture sessions. If further help is required, students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with their professor. Free student-led tutoring sessions are available for courses offered within the College of Arts and Sciences. Also, the engineering honorary society, Tau Beta Pi, provides weekly tutoring sessions on freshman and sophomore year engineering course topics. An additional unique feature of the College of Engineering is the common freshman core course sequence for engineering majors. These core courses allow students to quickly form study groups since they have three of their four courses in common each quarter. This peer support assists students as they transition from high school study habits to the more independent college study environment. The peer support network will continue throughout the upper-level courses due to the highly residential nature of the campus, and the team-based environment of laboratory and design problems within the College.