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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Engineering Learning Community

The Engineering Learning Community is a first-year program that accepts 15 to 25 freshman engineering students each fall (all five 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 engineering students 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 have ranged from social to academic. Examples of social events sponsored by the ELC are: 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.

Some students want to join both the ELC and Honors programs. ELC students MUST live in the ELC dorm and take the ELC sections of Freshman Clinic I & II, Chemistry I, and Introduction to Mechanics. If you want to do both, check first with the Honors program staff to see if you can still complete the course requirements for the Honors program.

To apply to the ELC, email a paragraph on why you’d like to join along with your name, major, and home town and state to Professor Jess Everett (everett@rowan.edu). Early applicants are more likely to be admitted. Selections are completed by May 1. You must pay your admission deposit to be considered. Fill out the housing form as if you are not in the ELC. Housing will be notified if you are admitted to the ELC. ELC students can request roomates that are not in the ELC, including non-engineering majors.

The ELC is accepting applications for Fall 2015. We anticipate awarding fifteen $20,000 scholarships to ELC students ($5,000 per year for four years). To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

We encourage ALL students to apply, with or without financial need. However, if you are seeking an ELC scholarship please submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. We cannot award ELC scholarhsip without a completed FAFSA.

If you have questions, email Professor Jess Everett (everett@rowan.edu).