What exactly is the Engineering Scholars Program?
The Engineering Scholars Program is a learning community that is open to high-achieving students from all academic disciplines who share a common interest in engineering and social responsibility. The Engineering Scholars Program provides its members with the opportunity to explore their interest in these community themes through a variety of co-curricular activities, as well as interaction with faculty and engineering professionals. The goal of this program is to enhance the students’ educational experience while providing enjoyable opportunities outside of the classroom that support the students’ collective interest in the community themes.
What do Engineering Scholars do?
Engineering Scholars get involved with engineering and campus life in a variety of ways. Social events, service projects, trips, and speakers are just a few of the activities that will be a part of your Engineering Scholars experience. Scholars live together, take a number of first-year engineering courses together, and share their collective interest in the community themes through participation in a variety of co-curricular activities.
What are the advantages to participating in the Engineering Scholars Program?
Many students find that the supportive environment of a learning community plays a significant role in their success, both academically and socially. Research has shown that learning communities contribute to an increase in student achievement, motivation, and intellectual development. Students enjoy the opportunity to form friendships with fellow Engineering Scholars, become involved in the campus and surrounding area, and enjoy the academic support and camaraderie that develop through taking common classes and studying together.
Will the Engineering Scholars Program take up a lot of my time?
As a college student, your academic coursework will occupy a good portion of your time. However, with proper study habits and time management, you should have sufficient time to devote to participating in Engineering Scholars events. We are respectful of your obligations as a student and will not place demands on our Scholars that interfere with your academic performance or involvement with other activities and organizations. Many Engineering Scholars have become involved with project teams, clubs, Greek organizations, and professional societies in addition to remaining active within Engineering Scholars and performing well academically.
Do I have to be an engineering major to participate in Engineering Scholars?
The Engineering Scholars program is open to students from any major at Ohio State. Students who are majoring in business, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, psychology and exploration have all participated in Engineering Scholars. More important than the student’s choice of major is their interest in the community themes, and most importantly the desire to participate fully in a living-learning community focused on engineering. Engineering Scholars will be required to take both Engineering 1181 (Intro to Engineering I) and Engineering 1182 (Intro to Engineering II) as part of their involvement with the program. Students intending to major in areas other than engineering should consider how these courses will fit with their intended program of study.
If I choose one track, can I switch to the other?
As a student in either track, while living together, having clustered classes, and attending many of the same events, you will quickly become a member of that respective community. After doing so, you will very likely desire to remain in your supportive community (and not switch tracks.) If interest in the other track’s themes exists, you will have opportunities to explore these subjects but regardless, switching tracks is not permitted.