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Academic Summer Enhancement (ASE)

The Academic Summer Enhancement Program (ASE) encourages engineering students from all Penn State Commonwealth campuses to get to know the College of Engineering located at University Park. Although many first-year students start at smaller Penn State Commonwealth campuses all over Pennsylvania, most engineering students will graduate from University Park. ASE is a specially designed program offered by the Multicultural Engineering Program to help you get ready for college in a fun, effective, and realistic academic setting.

ASE previews:

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Meta-Cognition
  • Campus Life Orientation
  • Exploration of Engineering Majors
  • Course-Scheduling Strategies
  • Peer Mentoring
  • College Study Skills
  • Networking with Current Students

A Closer Look

This six-week intensive academic preparatory program will place you ahead of your peers both academically and socially. ASE allows you to invest in yourself by preparing you above and beyond what you have already done in high school. By taking advantage of this opportunity to jump into college life early, attend classes, and meet other engineering students, you’ll have a head start when you begin full-time classes in the fall. You will also connect with peer mentors, become familiar with the MEP staff and services, and become oriented to campus life and culture at Penn State.

After 12 years of the ASE Program, we have noted the following benefits to the students who participate in ASE:

  • Have higher GPAs
  • Are more likely to graduate from the College of Engineering
  • Are more likely to land competitive salaries in internships, co-ops, and full-time employment
  • Improved opportunity to earn amazing academic scholarships
  • Build extensive networks of lifelong friends
  • Acclimate more easily to the college environment
  • Learn effective college study skills


The program costs $1,200 and includes room and board, field trips, courses, tutoring, and professional development programs. This is only a tenth of the cost of the program per student, with the remaining expenses being covered through corporate and university sponsorships. If you are unable to pay the entirety of the fee, please include a statement of financial need with your application, including how much you are able to contribute. Students will have access to computer labs, library resources, and the library. All participants must provide their own transportation to and from State College.



The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287