Campus Outreach Programs in Engineering
Academic Summer Enhancement (ASE)
The Academic Summer Enhancement Program (ASE) encourages engineering students from all Penn State campuses to get to know the College of Engineering located at University Park. Although many first-year students start at smaller Penn State campuses all over Pennsylvania, most engineering students will graduate from University Park. ASE is a specially designed program offered by the Multicultural Engineering Program to help you get ready for college in a fun, effective, and realistic academic setting.
Engineering Ahead is a family of six summer programs at Penn State for underrepresented students in engineering, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These programs, which are located at the Penn State Abington, Altoona, Berks and University Park campuses, build on years of experience to deliver a comprehensive experience to students focusing on math and science courses that are critical to engineering degrees. These programs go further by getting students working on hands-on projects and experiences to develop an engineering mentality. Students also begin building their professional networks with upperclassmen and faculty members.
The Math and Physics Summer Jump Start program is a four-week summer bridge program at the University Park campus. This program is designed to support the academic success of current students who are in entrance-to-major classes for an engineering major and to graduate with an engineering degree. The Math and Physics Summer Jump Start program is designed for engineering students who have completed one or more semesters at either a Commonwealth Campus or University Park and are enrolled in Calculus II (Math 141), Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 250), Physics I (Physics 211), and/or Physics II (Physics 212) this coming fall semester. Students who have participated in other intensive summer bridge programs for incoming students have historically performed at a higher academic level resulting in a higher GPA compared to those who did not participate.