Engineering Ahead

Engineering Ahead is a family of summer programs at Penn State for underrepresented students in engineering, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These programs, which are located at the Penn State Abington, Berks, and University Park campuses, build on years of experience to deliver a comprehensive experience to students focusing on math and science courses that are critical to engineering degrees. These programs go further by getting students working on hands-on projects and experiences to develop an engineering mentality. Students also begin building their professional networks with upperclass students and faculty members.

Engineering Ahead Abington and Berks

The Engineering Ahead program is a free four-week summer academic enhancement program. This program is designed to help incoming engineering students succeed in their math and science courses this coming fall semester.

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge is an academic summer program to help incoming first-year students prepare for their engineering or science-based major. The program also includes structured social and cultural events that encourage students to build relationships with each other and relate in-class activities to out-of-class experiences. We guide participants toward academic success to give them a head start in the challenging yet rewarding fields of engineering and science.

Jump Start

Jump Start is a four-week virtual summer program at University Park that focuses on math and physics preparation for engineering students. The program is designed for engineering students who have completed one or more semesters at a Penn State campus and plan to enroll in Math 141 or Physics 212 in the fall semester.



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