Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The First-Year Engineering Program (FEP) is designed to nurture the academic success, professional development, and individual growth of first-year engineering students by establishing the foundation for their excellence in the study of engineering. FEP strives to accomplish this mission by providing first-year engineering students with engaging and high-quality instruction in coursework that is relevant to the modern engineering student and is appropriate based on their individual K-12 preparation, the essential and motivating information about the engineering disciplines so that they make an informed choice about their engineering major, and proactive and high-quality academic advising, professional development opportunities, and peer mentoring.

College of Engineering students select their major in the Spring Semester of their first year during our Decision Day event. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the nine departments within the College of Engineering during their Introduction to Engineering course and by participating in Informational Department Sessions. After a student has selected their major they will receive advising from their chosen department and complete the transition for the first semester of their second year.

To move into this undergraduate program, a General Engineering student must have completed each required course in the Freshman Engineering Academic Program with a University of Arkansas GPA of 2.0 and satisfied any additional requirements set forth by their new home department. General Engineering students who do not meet these conditions are advised academically within the Freshman Engineering Program on a case-by-case basis until they meet the conditions for entering a discipline-specific College of Engineering undergraduate program. These students are required to enroll in the courses necessary to remove their deficiencies; however, they can also enroll in discipline-specific College of Engineering courses for which they have satisfied the pre-requisites.

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.

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.

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

The Engineering 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.

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.

For any other questions concerning overloads, contact Thomas Carter III by e-mail at or by phone at (479) 575-5009.

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Engineering first-year students who are in the Honors College, enrolled in a MATH course of Calculus II or higher, and are looking to gain experience above and beyond what is covered in the typical Introduction to Engineering I and II sequence may elect to participate in an FEP Honors Experience. This is a four-credit hour, two-semester honors experience with two tracks to choose from:

  1. Honors Research Experience - During the Honors Research Colloquium in the fall semester, students attend weekly research seminars delivered by University of Arkansas faculty and learn to utilize library resources to conduct background research on engineering topics. About halfway through the fall semester, students begin working in teams of two on undergraduate research projects defined and mentored by a member of the College of Engineering faculty.
  2. Honors Innovation Experience - During the Honors Innovation Colloquium in the fall semester, students explore topics in innovation and entrepreneurship including lean start-ups, intellectual property, venture capital, product costs and marketing channels via seminars presented by industry professionals. Instead of conducting research with a faculty mentor, they have faculty mentors to help them with innovative design projects.  In addition to presenting their design, these students will also consider product market and business development plans in their symposium materials.  The students should conclude whether it is worth continuing to invest in their product.

In April, students participate in the Honors Engineering Symposium. For the symposium, each team of students prepares a technical paper, participates in a poster session, and delivers a 20-minute technical presentation. All symposium activities are judged by a panel comprised of former symposium participants.