Get the Support You Need to Succeed in Your Classes Learn About the Different Engineering Fields Get to Know Your Classmates

The First-Year Engineering Program is designed to help first year students build a solid foundation for their engineering education. All new students take a common set of classes, which includes an introduction to engineering class. This class will help students get to know all the different engineering fields, and choose a major that is right for them.

FEP more than just a set of classes. It also provides orientation, peer mentoring, tutoring and supplemental instruction, academic advising, basic career advising, and academic skills development. In addition, the First-year Engineering Center has computer labs as well as areas for tutoring, study groups and mentoring.

Finally, FEP provides lots of social opportunities for students. Take advantage of our living learning community to really connect with your classmates, and the First-year Engineering Center is a great place to hang out and catch up with other students. In addition, FEP sponsors lots of fun extracurricular activities, so you can unwind and get to know your classmates.


Graduate Students Interested in a FEP 2018-2019 TA Position:

Students interested in applying should submit FEP TA Online Application ( )  which includes a resume submission as a .docx or .pdf

Students should also request that their two references complete the FEP TA Online Recommendation Form. ( ).  

All materials must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday, April 12 for consideration.


Frequently Asked Questions

What computer do I need for first-year engineering?

Students are not required to own a computer, however for those planning on bringing a laptop with them to campus these are our recommendations.

  • Intel Core I5
  • 8.0 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Disk

These computer specs will serve the needs of a first-year engineer. Check the bookstore website for individual departmental recommendations. We recommend that those students who have a good idea of the major they wish to pursue, make sure any computer they buy fit the recommendations of the department they plan to join.

Macs are not prohibited; however, classroom instruction takes place on a PC.

How is my math placement determined?

Math placement is key in the Freshman Engineering Program as it determines the co-requisite Introduction to Engineering course new students will take.

There are four ways to improve math placement.

  1. Through ACT or SAT scores.
  2. By fulfilling College credit in a prerequisite course.
  3. Through AP test scores.
  4. Taking the math placement test.

Please note that math placement is determined by the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Who are the peer mentors?

Peer mentors are engineering students just like you. They are here to answer questions and to provide you with information that will help you be successful in your first year. They have been in your shoes and understand the path on which you are about to embark on as a first-year engineering student. They will share the lessons they have learned and answer any questions you may have about academics, extracurricular activities, balancing school and fun, and anything else you may want to ask.

How do I find out if my scores have been submitted?

Scores for AP credit, SAT/ACT scores, and transfer credit are submitted to the Registrar’s office.

How do I sign up for housing?

Visit for housing options.

How do I join the First-year Engineering Leadership Living Learning Community?

The Engineering Leadership Living Learning Community is a great opportunity for first-year engineers looking for ways to connect with the engineering community.

Apply through ResNet on the University of Arkansas Housing website.