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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 Clinic I & II, Chemistry I, and Introduction to Mechanics (all are required courses, except Chem I which is a science elective for ECE majors and required for all other engineering majors). 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 live in the same dorm (Evergreen in Fall 2015). 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 accepted ~65 freshman engineering students into three sections.

We also 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:

To apply for Fall 2016, including 15 more NSF S-STEM scholarships, 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. Admission is to some extent first-come-first serve, so apply early. We start accepting students in April.

If you have questions, email Professor Jess Everett (