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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Engineering Learning Community

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, such as: 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: Students can join both the ELC and Honors programs. ELC and Honors students live in the same dorm (Holly Pointe Commons). 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.

Applying to the ELC: Fall 2017 ELC applications are accepted between January 1 and April 25, 2017. We try to accept all students that want to join, but you must apply to be in the ELC (see link below). You can apply to the ELC before you make your final decision on where you will go to college, but you must have a Rowan ID number. Unfortunately, we have no NSF ELC S-STEM scholarships for Fall 2017.


If you have questions, email Professor Jess Everett (