Undergraduate First-Year Students

WELCOME TO ENGINEERING@IOWA!  The Engineering@Iowa Viewbook is a great place to start learning more about us. Click here.

In Engineering@Iowa, we want our students to become ENGINEERs ... and SOMETHING MORE. Engineering students at Iowa are smart, interesting people good at working in teams to solve problems. They're also international travelers, Big Ten athletes, Hawkeye Marching Band members, leaders of student organizations, fraternity and sorority members, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, hospital volunteers, student senators, dance marathoners, intramural competitors, researchers, and more.

There are TWO PATHS TO ADMISSION into the College of Engineering for first-year students.

  1. Direct Admission. Students meeting the engineering admission requirements are admitted directly into the College of Engineering. Students can choose to study whichever engineering major they're interested in, and can switch majors easily if their interests change. There is no "weed-out" philosophy in Engineering@Iowa ... we focus on providing our academically stellar students with resources and support to meet the academic challenges of earning an engineering degree.
  2. Pre-Engineering. Beginning with Fall 2018, we've created a path for promising students to be admitted into the College of Engineering as pre-engineering majors. Students who are missing only one admission requirement have the opportunity to go through a holistic review process after submitting supplemental application materials, including a personal statement and a high school transcript. We are confident that students admitted into pre-engineering have what it takes to be successful in Engineering@Iowa. Our goal is to provide these students with all the resources and support necessary to meet the academic challenges of earning an engineering degree.

All engineering students are provided INCREDIBLE RESOURCES and OPPORTUNITIES designed to enhance their success, including all of the following:

  • Enrollment in professor-taught engineering classes from the first-semester on, including a required Engineering Success course. 
  • Free tutoring in calculus, chemistry, physics, and all the core engineering classes.
  • Opportunity to live on-campus in the People in Engineering (PIE) and/or the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) living/learning community.
  • Access to and advising by engineering faculty and staff members.
  • Workshops and seminars designed to enhance understanding of the field of engineering, professional opportunities, and strategies for success.
  • Engineering Professional Development office to assist students with all aspects of career services including engineering career fairs, resume-writing, interviewing skills, and connecting students with employers who are seeking top engineering talent.
  • 24/7 access to the amazing Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sciences, the 330,000 square-foot engineering building, which houses classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, research labs, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, the Hanson Center for Technical Communications, the Fethke Rooftop Terrace, the Virginia A. Myers NEXUS of Engineering and the Arts program, and more. A new 65,000 sq-ft annex just opened in mid-October 2017.


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