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Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation (MEPO)

MEPO is an exciting four-day introduction to the College of Engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, and Penn State. The program is meant to benefit first-year engineering students attending Penn State in the fall semester. Participants will have a chance to connect with other incoming first-year students as well as current undergraduate engineering students attending Penn State University Park.

A Closer Look

By participating in MEPO, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Compete in an engineering design competition.
  • Pair with an upper-level mentor.
  • Become familiar with academic and social resources on campus.
  • Meet other incoming first-year students in the College of Engineering.
  • Build a professional résumé.
  • Network with top industry recruiters and Penn State alumni.
  • Receive 0.5 credits for participation.


Participants pay a $50 registration fee that includes all MEPO activities, meals, and housing). Fee waivers are available for those with demonstrated financial need.

Multiple engineering orientation programs are available. All Penn State students are required to participate in New Student Orientation, and international students are also required to participate in the International Student Orientation. All students may elect to participate in one or more engineering-specific orientations: Women in Engineering Program Orientation, Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation, or Engineering Orientation Network. Please note that some orientations overlap, and students are not permitted to participate in overlapping orientations.

MEPO 2021 Dates:

  • August 15-18, 2021

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Founded to serve students from groups underrepresented in engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff with equity and inclusion engagement. The center leads the implementation of evidence-based best practices to support student belonging and degree attainment, while also encouraging involvement with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and organizations. All are welcome!

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287