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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Engineering Learning Community (and Scholarships!)

The Engineering Learning Community is a first-year program for engineering students. 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 count for all engineering majors, ELC students just take them together. They are: Freshman Engineering Clinic I & II, Chemistry I, and Introduction to Mechanics. They are all required courses for engineering majors, except Chem I which is a science elective for ECE majors and required for all others. Extracurricular activities range from social to academic, including: Ice cream socials, Frisbee, Bowling, Meet-and-greets with faculty or students, 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 live in the same dorm (Evergreen in Fall 2015). In addition, the Honors program counts the ELC Freshman Engineering Clinic I & II sections as Honors courses. This make it significantly easier to do both.

The ELC is now accepting applications for Fall 2016. We anticipate room for ~87 freshman engineering first-year students in four ELC sections. Fifteen ELC students will also receive $20,000 ELC NSF S-STEM scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years). To be eligible for the scholarship students must:

To apply to the ELC for Fall 2016 students must email Professor Jess Everett ( a paragraph on why they would like to be in the ELC. Also include your major, hometown, and state. If you are already accepted to Rowan Engineering, include your Rowan ID #. Admission is to some extent first-come-first serve, so apply early. We start accepting students in April, with selections complete by May 1. You can apply to the ELC before you are accepted into Rowan University.

If you have questions, email or call Professor Jess Everett ( | 856 256 5326).