About The College of Engineering Honors Program

The College of Engineering FYE Honors Program is a year-long experience designed to foster a seamless academic transition and social adjustment for students as they enter college and begin exploring the applications and rewards of engineering as a profession. The program seeks to build community among first-year engineering students who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and extend the depth of their academic experience. Students are challenged in experiential first-year engineering design, and also benefit from personalized guidance from a network of support from academic advisors and peer mentors. The College of Engineering Honors Program focuses on success factors, allowing students to thrive during their first year and in their future endeavors.


CoEHP students have the opportunity to experience engaging and rigorous academics. The 2-semester engineering design sequence offers smaller class size, access to the program's exclusive classroom lab facilities, committed faculty, and a focus on experiential learning. In addition to these classes, students will engage with upperclassmen and faculty during academic preparatory review sessions for engineering exams, computer programming, and other topics. 


CoEHP students will also have ample opportunity to participate in socially-focused and recreational team building events, which will provide balance to the academic focus of the Engineering Honors program. Students launch their first semester by mastering the Boiler Challenge Low Ropes course with their classmates. Additional events throughout the remainder of the first year include picnics, corn mazes, pumpkin decorating, game nights, movie nights, and ice skating, as well as small group activities with peer mentors.

Be Mentored

Students will also benefit from personalized guidance from a large network of support:

  • Peer mentors, continuing students from the learning community who have completed FYE requirements and successfully transitioned to their engineering major, are paired with small groups of first-year students. Mentors meet frequently with first-year students in the classroom and in in non-academic activities, developing connections and enriching students’ transition to college by sharing their own experiences.

  • Dedicated academic advisors assist students in developing academic and individual goals, identifying academic and other resources, and clarifying FYE and university requirements throughout students’ first year and the Transition to Major process. The academic advisors regularly engage with students during community events and small group activities, as well as being available for individual appointments.

  • Students will also participate in a series of major exploration events hosted by Engineering Ambassadors. These major exploration opportunities are hands on and provide students with a practical experience for each engineering discipline. Engineering Ambassadors also provide information on their majors, coursework, academic experience, internship opportunities and career prospects during engaging group discussions. These sessions seek to provide support as students identify the area of engineering that best fits their strengths and interests.


Students with an interest in leadership development have the opportunity to apply for a position on the College of Engineering Honors Leadership Council. The council is a small group of first-year students selected to foster community amongst peers, engagement in events, and communication between staff and fellow students. The council actively curates social media accounts, encourages student participation, provides feedback, develops events and disseminates information amongst the learning community. Ultimately, Leadership Council members help to shape the first-year experience for the College of Engineering Honors Program. 

After students successfully transition to their engineering major, they have the opportunity to serve as a Peer Mentor for first-year students. Peer Mentors earn 1 credit hour in a seminar course each semester in which they serve as a Peer Mentor.  The seminar course, instructed by Engineering Honors Program academic advisors, focuses on developing mentoring relationships, identifying and accessing campus and academic resources, and guiding first-year students through the Engineering Honors program experience.