Engineering Scholars Program

About ESP

The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a three-credit, dual-enrollment program in engineering and computer science for high achieving high school students in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Students take one of the five courses listed below over a three-week period in the summer (June 13 thru July 1). Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive three semester hours of college credit.

ESP engages students in challenging educational activities not available in high school and provides them opportunities to explore engineering and computer science as possible career choices. Instruction is provided by top FAU engineering faculty. Team projects are emphasized and completed utilizing state-of-the-art laboratories in the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science buildings. Current FAU upper-division and graduate engineering and computer science students serve as mentors and assist ESP students with the transition to college-level work.

Registration for ESP 2016 has closed.
Information for ESP 2017 will be available March 2017, please check back.
Deadlines
  • Tuesday March 15, 2016 - Online preregistration due.
  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Final application documents that require signatures and information from high school counselors due.
ESP - 2016 Course Offerings

Each course carries three semester-hours of academic credit and will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, June 13 thru July 1, 2016. There will be nine class meetings over the three week period that meet from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch.

Program Dates
Monday 6/13, Wednesday 6/15, Friday 6/17, Monday 6/20, Wednesday 6/22, Friday 6/24, Monday 6/27, Wednesday 6/29 and Friday 7/1. Mandatory attendance is required for all class sessions.
Program Eligibility

ESP targets Broward and Palm Beach County students who are enrolled in Magnet Programs, International Baccalaureate programs, or who have been staffed into a gifted program in their home high school.

In order to qualify for the ESP, students must:

  • Be entering grades 10, 11 or 12 in Fall 2016
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a letter of recommendation from an instructor or guidance counselor (for new applicants)
  • Have achieved the minimum scores in one of the following tests:
    • SAT - minimum score 440 Verbal and 440 Math
    • ACT - minimum score 17 English, 19 Math and 19 Reading
    • CPT - (Accuplacer) - minimum score 83 Reading Comprehension, 83 Sentence Skills and 72 Elementary Algebra
    • PERT - 106 Reading/Verbal, 103 Writing and 114 Math/Algebra

NOTE: The FAU Testing and Evaluation Office offers a list of tests that can be taken on a walk-in or appointment basis depending on which test is being offered. For more information select the following address: www.fau.edu/testing

Testing can be done at Palm Beach State College or Broward State College. Please check their websites for fees and hours of operation. www.palmbeachstate.edu/testing

Program Cost

Florida Atlantic University has articulation agreements with Broward and Palm Beach County School Districts that allow the tuition to be waived for Broward and Palm Beach County students. Participants are responsible for transportation and for lunches. For first time students there is a $42.04 registration fee to cover a photo ID ($10) and a mandatory transportation fee even if the student is not driving ($32.04). For returning students who already have an FAU photo ID, the fee is $32.04.

Contact

For more information about the program contact the Division of Engineering Student Services and Advising office at engineering-services@fau.edu or 561.297.2049