Engineering 100

Course Objectives

The purpose of the course is to introduce you to the profession of engineering, including the wide variety of fields of study and potential careers.

You will also explore what it takes to be successful, both now as a student and in the future as a graduate in the profession of engineering. You will learn some of the most important skills for exemplary leadership, professional practice, and life-long learning as an engineer.

You may have other, personal objectives for this course. Develop those objectives and share them with your ELA, so they can help you be successful.

Course Overview

Engineering 100, with its small sections and the leadership of Engineering Learning Assistants (ELAs), aims to disseminate critical information, advice, and insights. It is meant to provide you with an introduction to the engineering profession, to the skills that are needed to be a successful student and engineer, and to essential resources at the university. It is also an opportunity to reflect on your experience of transitioning to college. Although listed as a four week course, the course is the entire fall semester with weeks 5-16 consisting of peer advising/mentoring.

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Engineering 100: Orientation to Illinois


Registration for ENG 100 is done during Summer Freshmen Registration. Students must register for the the ENG 100 sections that aligns with their major.

Course Instructors

Engineering Learning Assistants (ELAs)
ELAs lead the instruction and facilitation of ENG 100 sections. They will also be your peer advisor for the semester. ELAs are trained advance undergraduates and are active participants in the first-year experience. They serve as mentors, instructors, and peer advisors for all first-year students.

Peer Advising and Mentoring Program

Even though there is only 4 weeks of class time, the ENG 100 continues on with mentoring and peer advising until the end of the semester.

The main objectives of the program are to:
Foster a network of support.
Provide consistent, reliable sources of support, information and inspiration.
Aid in the academic, emotional, and social adjustment.
Develop positive student relationships with peers, staff, and faculty.

Utilize Your ELA
Use your ELA as a resource after the classroom portion of ENG 100 is over. They will contact you throughout the semester updating you on events and activities in your department and the college. They will also meet with you one on one or in a small group, getting updated on progress and transition to Illinois.

Learn more about the Engineering 100 Peer Mentoring Program