Engineering Smart Start (ESS) is a 4-week residential program that provides incoming engineering freshmen with the opportunity to place into Calculus I (MA 113) while participating in a wide variety of academic, career, project-based, and service-related activities.
Students will live in one of our campus residence halls.
There is no cost to attend ESS. A $50 deposit is required upon acceptance, but is refundable upon completion of the program.
- Be admitted to the College of Engineering as a new freshman for Fall 2020.
- Have a math ACT score of 25-26 or an SAT 2016 math score of 590-640.
- Complete the proctored ALEKS (UK math placement) exam with a score of 61-75.
- Not be otherwise eligible to enroll in Calculus I (MA 113) for Fall 2020.
Engineering Smart Start participants will have the opportunity to:
- Work toward becoming calculus-ready for Fall 2020.
- Earn a small first-year scholarship if they become calculus-ready for Fall 2020.
- Learn how to adapt successfully to college coursework and the rigors of their challenging program.
- Learn success strategies used by accomplished engineering students.
- Work with an individual academic coach to plan their approach to college academics.
- Design/build projects in the Engineering Makerspace.
- Obtain instruction in spatial visualization of objects, a skill essential to success in engineering.
- Build connections with a peer group of engineering freshmen.
- Get to know engineering upperclassmen (including peer mentors and student organization members).
- Investigate student organization/involvement opportunities.
- Learn about career opportunities in engineering.
- Build a support network of faculty, staff, and student resource specialists on campus.
- Experience residence hall life.
- Work on a community service project and receive a badge for completion.
While the program is designed to prepare you to take MA 113, we do not guarantee placement. To place into MA 113, you will need to complete a proctored ALEKS post-exam and receive a score of 76 or greater. Students who successfully complete the program requirements and receive an ALEKS score of 76 or greater will be recognized with a small scholarship to be used during their first year of studies.
The program is limited to 25 students.
The application and related materials are available at http://engr.uky.edu/students/undergraduate/smart-start.
You must complete the proctored ALEKS exam before you can be considered for the program.