The Freshman Engineering Program is designed to help first year students build a solid foundation for their engineering education. All new freshman take a common set of classes, which includes an introduction to engineering class. This class will help students get to know all the different engineering fields, and choose a major that is right for them.
FEP more than just a set of classes. It also provides orientation, peer mentoring, tutoring and supplemental instruction, academic advising, basic career advising, and academic skills development. In additions, the Freshman Engineering Center has computer labs as well as areas for tutoring, study groups and mentoring.
Finally, FEP provides lots of social opportunities for students. Take advantage of our living learning community to really connect with your classmates, and the Freshman Engineering Center is a great place to hang out and catch up with other students. In addition, FEP sponsors lots of fun extracurricular activities, so you can unwind and get to know your classmates.
Frequently Asked Questions
What computer do I need for freshman engineering?
Students are not required to own a computer, however for those planning on bringing a laptop with them to campus these are our recommendations.
- Intel Core I5
- 8.0 GB of RAM
- 500 GB Hard Disk
These computer specs will serve the needs of a Freshman Engineer. Check the bookstore website for individual departmental recommendations. We recommend that those students who have a good idea of the major they wish to pursue, make sure any computer they buy fit the recommendations of the department they plan to join.
Macs are not prohibited; however, classroom instruction takes place on a PC.
How is my math placement determined?
Math placement is key in the Freshman Engineering Program as it determines the co-requisite Introduction to Engineering course new students will take.
There are four ways to improve math placement.
- Through ACT or SAT scores.
- By fulfilling College credit in a prerequisite course.
- Through AP test scores.
- Taking the math placement test.
Please note that math placement is determined by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Who are the peer mentors?
Peer mentors are engineering students just like you. They are here to answer questions and to provide you with information that will help you be successful in your first year. They have been in your shoes and understand the path on which you are about to embark on as a first-year engineering student. They will share the lessons they have learned and answer any questions you may have about academics, extracurricular activities, balancing school and fun, and anything else you may want to ask.
How do I find out if my scores have been submitted?
Scores for AP credit, SAT/ACT scores, and transfer credit are submitted to the Registrar’s office.
How do I sign up for housing?
How do I join the Freshman Engineering Leadership Living Learning Community?
The Engineering Leadership Living Learning Community is a great opportunity for freshman engineers looking for ways to connect with the engineering community.
Apply through ResNet on the University of Arkansas Housing website.