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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Engineering Learning Community (and Scholarships!)

The Engineering Learning Community will accept ~65 freshman engineering students into three sections in Fall 2015. It is a first-year program for all engineering majors. Students in the ELC live in the same dorm, take two classes together each of their first two semesters at Rowan, and participate in extracurricular activities. This helps students form bonds with each other and faculty and helps with the transition to college. According to one ELC student

I liked the ELC because you met people right away that were involved in your majors...We helped each other with homework. We had clinic together so we would remind each other about homework assignments.

The common classes ELC students take are required for all engineering majors, ELC students just take them together. They are: Freshman Clinic I & II, Chemistry I, and Introduction to Mechanics. Extracurricular activities range from social to academic, including: Ice cream socials, Meet-and-greets with faculty or Juniors and Seniors, Volleyball, etc. Academic events have included sessions on Academic success strategies, Excel tutorials, Preparing for interviews, and more.

Honors & ELC: Some students want to join both the ELC and Honors programs. ELC and Honors students will live in the same dorm in Fall 2015, Evergreen. This is a good dorm with good commons areas and study rooms. In addition, the Honors program counts the ELC Freshman Clinic I & II sections as Honors courses. This make it significantly easier to do both.

The ELC is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2015.

We awarded fifteen $20,000 NSF S-STEM scholarships to ELC students for Fall 2015 ($5,000 per year for four years). To be eligible for the scholarship students had to be:


Roommate Requests: ELC students living in Evergreen may request roommates that are assigned to Evergreen (ELC, Honors, and some pre-med and computer science students). If you have a compelling reason to request a roommate not assigned to Evergreen, let us know. We will accommodate it if space allows; however, there is no guarantee.

Summer Orientation: When students ask for a particular roommate sometimes it is someone they met during summer orientation. If you are accepted into the ELC we will email you recommended orientation dates, to give you the opportunity to meet other ELC students. However, if you are in Honors, you must go to the Honors orientation.

Scholarship: If any of the scholarship students drop out, we will turn to students already in the ELC.

If you have questions, email Professor Jess Everett (