Engineering Learning Community

Engineering Learning Community

Engineering Learning Community

The Engineering Learning Community is a first-year program for engineering students. Students in the ELC live in the same dorm, take classes together their first two semesters at Rowan, and participate in group activities. Junior/Senior engineering students (who did the ELC their first-year) mentor ELC students. The ELC helps students form bonds with each other and faculty and helps with the transition to college. ELC classes and activities are completed in groups of approximately 20-25 students. Students live in Holly Pointe Commons. According to one ELC student

I liked the ELC because you met people right away that were involved in your majors...We helped each other with homework. We had clinic together so we would remind each other about homework assignments.

The common ELC classes count for all engineering majors, ELC students just take them together. They are: Freshman Engineering Clinic I & II and Calculus I. They are all required courses for engineering majors. If you have AP or Transfer credit for an ELC course you do not have to retake it for the ELC. Students also participate in the ELC Seminar, a zero-credit course. It is used to help ELC students get to know each other quickly, form study groups, learn academic success skills, be exposed to campus activities and resources, and access tutoring. 

ELC Seminar sessions range from social to academic. Each ELC section is different, depending on the interests of its students and faculty. Recent example activities include:

  • Why Engineering? - Talk to faculty and other students about engineering;
  • Transition - getting to know each other, forming study groups, and campus resources;
  • Academic Success - Study skills, resume writing, course registration, etc.;
  • Fun - Socials, board games, kickball, volleyball, bowling, etc.; and
  • Campus Culture - Clubs, performances, athletic events, movies, seminars, etc.; and
  • Skills - Excel, MATLAB, etc.


FAQs for students joining the ELC Fall 2019

Why is the application deadline April 25th? We have to get the ELC names to the Registrar and Housing by May 1. They start placing first-year students that early!

Am I accepted into the ELC? If you get a response from the application system (PathFinder) when you submit your application, you are almost guaranteed a spot. The only way you might not be accepted is if (1) your application is inappropriate or incomplete or (2) the ELC runs out of space. If the latter happens, you'll get a follow up email within a few days of applying. Because 'stuff happens', email Professor Everett if you do not get an ELC informational email from him by April 25th. It will be sent to the email you gave in your application and come from ''.

Can I do the ELC and Honors? Students who want to do both Honors and ELC should apply to join the ELC now, then apply to Honors once they are here in the Fall, joining Honors in the Spring semester of their first year. If you are already accepted to Honors, you can have your acceptance deferred to the Spring. So, if you want to do both: Join ELC in the Fall and join Honors in the Spring. FYI: The ELC is just for the first year, while the Honors program is all four years. First-year students in both groups live in Holly Pointe Commons. The focus of the ELC is ensuring a good transition to college. Honors has a broader focus.

Is there a particular summer orientation I should go to for the ELC? You can go to any summer orientation.

Which dorm is the ELC in? Holly Pointe Commons, Pods A through D, second floor. If you get a different assignment, let me know ASAP. I do not know when the assignments are made available to you.

Do I have to fill out a housing form? You MUST complete a housing form as soon as possible. I submit the ELC names directly to housing on May 1. Make sure you submit your housing form no later than May 5th. If you miss that deadline, submit it ASAP and professor Everett an email.

Can I request a roommate? The 2019 deadline for roommate requests was May 19th ( If the roommate you want is in the ELC, I will put you both in the same ELC sub-group if I get the information by April 25th. After that, I do what I can. Housing will consider outside-of-ELC roommate requests as space allows. No promises! NOTE:  you do not need to request a roommate. I will assign students to ELC sub-groups of ~20 each. Housing will assign roommates within those groups based on your housing form.

How can I get to know other ELC students before the Fall? A student volunteer set up a Facebock group. The URL was emailed to everyone.

What are the Fall 2019 ELC courses? Freshman Engineering Clinic I (sections 5,6,9,10,13,14), Calculus I (sections 5,6,8,10,16,17), and Independent Study-ELC Seminar (section 2-7). ELC students that are not placed in ELC sections of these courses should let me know ASAP. I do not know when fall course schedules will be completed.

Can I drop ELC courses? You cannot drop ELC Seminar and still be in the ELC. You can drop FEC I or Calculus I during summer orientation, but ONLY if you have AP or Transfer credit. Please let Professor Everett know ahead of time. 

What kind of laptop should I get? Check out the RU Laptop Policy.

More questions? Email Professor Jess Everett (, he is ready to help!