College Welcomes Incoming Freshmen

student rocket clubFor incoming freshmen, there’s a long list of things to fret about: getting used to a new campus, adapting to living on their own, navigating a confusing system, or passing prerequisites.

To help alleviate some of those normal pre-semester worries, about 250 pre-engineering students living in on-campus housing had a chance Monday to hear from a successful alumnus, get familiar with support services, and tour engineering labs.

Tracy Maples, associate dean of academic programs, said about one-quarter of incoming freshmen want to be engineers. Although popular, the major is also demanding.

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Peer Mentoring Program Launches for Freshmen and Transfer Students

The CSULB College of Engineering already offers many programs to support students’ success. Beginning this Fall, entering freshmen and transfer students will also be able to join a learning community where they’ll be supported with mentoring, tutoring and networking to aid their transition into college.

The Excellence through a Community of Engaged Learners (EXCEL) program, funded by an HSI-STEM Sí Puedo grant, will be available to students in the colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Information sessions will be held from 12-2 p.m. on both Thursday, April 6, USU-205, and Friday, April 7, MCC. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. ] Continue reading “Peer Mentoring Program Launches for Freshmen and Transfer Students”

Students Incorporate Tutoring into Study Routines

tutoring centerThere are alternatives to noisy study groups or struggling through tough engineering assignments alone. At the Engineering Tutoring Center, there’s help in the form of tutors who’ve already successfully made it through the same courses probably giving you angst.

The center employs more than two dozen tutors, with a focus on undergraduate engineering courses with low completion rates. The tutors need to have earned a B or better in the courses they’re tutoring in, preferably here at CSULB. “That way they can tutor based on experience,” said Academic Success Program Coordinator Katarina Spralja. Continue reading “Students Incorporate Tutoring into Study Routines”