Getting Ready

As you get ready for your first semester we offer many opportunities to smooth the transition.

First-year Integration Program

The First-year Integration Program is open to all incoming first-year students enrolled in the School of Engineering. It is designed as a peer-to-peer mentoring program that helps new students acclimate to a college setting through social events, study sessions, and academic advising. 

Students wishing to be connected with a mentor must apply at the beginning of the semester.

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Summer Squads

To make the transition to college less challenging, all incoming first-year students are placed into virtual Summer Squads. These groups are led by upperclassmen and provide opportunities for incoming students to meet other new students throughout August. Groups are formed based on first-semester math courses and/or major interests. Summer Squad meetings include:

  • activities to get to know each other, 

  • time-relevant information and new student tips, and 

  • the chance to make friends before your first day of school. 

More information on Summer Squads can be found on your CANVAS SOE Class of 2026 Advising page under the ‘Discussions’ menu item. 

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Other Events

Other events for first-year students include:

Study Jams

Students work together on practice exams, additional practice problems, and have fun getting to know each other in the process.

Career Readiness Workshops

First steps in career-readiness offer students resume reviews, mock-interviews, and general advice preparing for internships.


Mixers bring together new and experienced engineering students by sharing stories and advice.  

Seasonal Activities/ Destress Events

Fun activities help ease the stress that comes with college and exams.

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