Engineering students work on projects in the lab.
Engineering students work on projects in the lab.

Join a Team of World-changers

The smartest, most talented engineers around the world are devoting themselves to tackling immense global challenges. As a First-Year Engineering (FYE) student, you get to join them!

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering identified 14 “Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century”—opportunities to greatly increase humanity’s sustainability, health, security and joy of living. Themes include making solar energy economical, enhancing virtual reality, reverse-engineering the brain, securing cyberspace, providing access to clean water and more.

These ambitious goals demand engineers roll up their sleeves and get to work, which is why we put them front and center during your first year as an engineering student. We have designed the FYE program to inspire you. We want you to discover your passion. We want you to explore where you might make your unique contribution. We want you to get your hands dirty and make stuff that might, one day, lead to a breakthrough.

Why wait until you’re taking upper-level classes to figure out what interests you? Through real engineering classes taught by top faculty and exposure to engineering’s greatest challenges, the FYE program gets you into the game from day one.

What benefits can you expect from being an FYE student?

  • You get to take engineering classes from day one. Previously, students spent their first year taking calculus, physics, chemistry, etc., and didn’t get into engineering classes until their sophomore year.
  • Studies have demonstrated that students in FYE programs perform better in their upper-level classes and are more likely to graduate with an engineering or computer science degree.
  • We give you hands-on engineering challenges. In fact, you will complete a design project by the end of your first year as an engineering student.
  • FYE courses are taught by real engineering faculty, not graduate students. What’s more, you get more attention and interaction with faculty due to smaller class sizes.
  • You get to learn about each major in the college. Sure, you might want to be a civil engineer because a family member was a civil engineer, but you may discover another field of engineering that opens up a whole new world. Plus, learning about other disciplines will better enable you to collaborate with students in other majors.
  • If you transfer from another institution, the FYE program gives you a community of your own within the college. That will help you adjust to life at UK in a hurry!