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Student Transition Programs

The mission for the Student Transition Programs is to improve the transition process from all Penn State campuses to University Park. For continued academic and career success, we provide students with opportunities to connect with other students, College of Engineering and university resources.

Student Transition Engineering Program at University Park (STEP-UP)

The Student Transition Engineering Program at University Park (STEP-UP) is a student-run event to aid engineering students in their transition from a Commonwealth Campus to University Park. This three-day event is facilitated by the following student run organizations: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Coordinating networking opportunities with both students and industry professionals, professional development workshops, and an opportunity for friendly competition of engineering skills among peers.

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 upperclassmen and faculty members.

Jump Start

The Jump Start program is a four-week summer bridge program at University Park. This program is designed to support the academic success of current students who are in entrance-to-major classes for an engineering major and with plans 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 will be enrolled in Calculus II (Math 141), Ordinary Differential Equations (Math 250/251), or Calculus III (Math 230/231), and Physics I (Physics 211), 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.

Change of Campus Leadership Conference

The Change of Campus Leadership Conference is a three-day program held in August before the start of classes at the University Park campus. The targeted audience includes upper-level Penn State students who have completed core coursework at a commonwealth campus and will be transitioning and completing their degree in the College of Engineering at University Park. The conference has three main goals:

  1. Familiarize students with the resources available at University Park and the College of Engineering,
  2. Build community and provide peer mentoring, and
  3. Provide career preparation and corporate networking.

By meeting these goals, we look to increase the success of their transition and retention to University Park as they complete their degree in engineering.

Change of Campus Mentoring Program

The goal of the Change of Campus Mentoring Program is to successfully facilitate the transition for Penn State students who are transitioning to the University Park campus in the College of Engineering. The program aims to provide incoming students with resources and create student and corporate networking opportunities. Program facilitators hope to cultivate a sense of belonging and community for the program’s peer mentors and change of campus students, staff, and faculty.

Engagement Opportunities

One-hour informational gatherings to provide a social atmosphere to build community amongst change of campus students. In the past, we have held ice cream socials, information sessions on resources, peer, mentoring opportunities and corporate interaction. Information regarding these events is sent via email. If you aren’t receiving this information, subscribe to the listserv.

Campus Networking

During the academic year, we travel to a variety of commonwealth campuses. The purpose is to collaborate with students, advisers and faculty regarding the transition process. These ongoing relationships ensure the success of academic and social engagement when students matriculate to University Park. The campuses we visit vary throughout the semester. Watch you email for our next visit to your campus!

Contact Information



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