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.
Engineering Ahead Abington, Altoona and Berks
The Engineering Ahead program is a free four-week summer academic enhancement program. This program is designed to help incoming Engineering students succeed in their math and science courses this coming fall semester.
Abington Dates: June 27 through August 4, 2016
For more information on the PSU Abington Engineering Ahead program, click here.
Altoona Dates: June 19 through July 15, 2016
Berks Dates: June 27 through Friday July 22, 2016
Pre-First Year in Science and Engineering (PreF)
PREF is an academic summer bridge program designed for first-year students in engineering- or science-based majors. PREF also includes structured social and cultural activities that invite students to build relationships with each other and relate in-class experiences to out-of-class programs. The overall objective of PREF is to maximize the retention of first-year students in engineering and science majors at Penn State. We do this by guiding participants toward academic success through first-year required courses, giving them a head-start into a challenging, yet rewarding, field.
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.
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.