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Engineering Smart Start

What is Engineering Smart Start?
Engineering Smart Start (ESS) is an online and residential program for 20 incoming engineering freshmen who are not currently eligible for MA 113 Calculus I this fall.

When does it happen?
Online instruction will take place from June 15-June 29, 2021. In-person instruction as well as Smart Start activities will begin June 30, 2021 and end August 11, 2021.

What does it cost? 
ESS is FREE for selected students! Tuition, housing, mandatory fees, course fees, and flex dining are paid for by UK College of Engineering.  There is no cost to you.  

What will I do at ESS?

  • During the in-person portion of the program, you will live in a state-of-the art UK residential hall.
  • Work toward becoming calculus-ready by taking MA 110 Pre-Calculus and UK 110 Engineering Learning Lab.
  • Receive a first-semester $500 scholarship if you earn an A or B in MA 110, pass UK 110, and participate in all mandatory activities.
  • Build connections with a peer group of engineering freshmen, upper class students and student organization leaders.
  • Learn about resources and develop study skills that will assist with your academic success.
  • Learn about career opportunities in engineering.
  • Design and build projects in the Engineering Innovation Center.

Do I need to apply for ESS?
Yes! Space in ESS is limited to 20 students, so apply soon, but no later than May 15, 2021. 


Applications to the program are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, so do not wait to apply.

What do I need to do if I am accepted?
If you are accepted into the Engineering Smart Start Program, you will need to do the following: 

  • Register for a Big Blue Nation Orientation during one of the sessions in May. Information on how to register for an orientation can be found at https://orientation.uky.edu/
  • Take the proctored ALEKS exam (access exam at https://www.uky.edu/app/aleks-registration-steps) prior to June 15.
  • Be ready to begin online instruction in MA 110 on June 15.
  • Arrive on campus by June 30 to participate in in-person classes and activities.

Questions about the Engineering Smart Start? 
Feel free to contact
Dr. Kim Anderson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(859) 257-1864