Engineering Ahead

Engineering Ahead is a family of six 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, Altoona, 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, Altoona, 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.

  • Abington Dates: June 24 – August 2, 2019
  • Altoona Dates: June 24 – July 19, 2019
  • Berks Dates: June 24 – July 19, 2019

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

The Math and Physics Summer Jump Start program is a four-week summer bridge program at the University Park campus. This program is designed to support the academic success of current students who are in entrance-to-major classes for an engineering major and to graduate with an engineering degree. The Math and Physics Summer Jump Start program is designed for engineering students who have completed one or more semesters at either a Commonwealth Campus or University Park and are enrolled in Calculus II (Math 141), Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 250), Physics I (Physics 211), and/or Physics II (Physics 212) this coming fall semester. Students who have participated in other intensive summer bridge programs for incoming students have historically performed at a higher academic level resulting in a higher GPA compared to those who did not participate.



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