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University of Idaho Business and Engineering Representatives Provide Updates

The University of Idaho representatives came to the Seattle area this week to provide an update on the College of Engineering and the College of Business. The following summarizes the key points addressed.

The University of Idaho College of Engineering includes eight engineering disciplines along with small classes, a supportive environment and no closed courses for registration. Scholarships are available to Washington students who have GPAs of 3.6 and above, and many students will qualify for departmental scholarships. WUE has been discontinued at the University of Idaho and has been replaced with the “Discover Idaho” Program.

•                Students are admitted directly into the engineering program as freshman with no restrictions

•                There are 8 engineering disciplines available and computer science and many clubs to support these disciplines with design and competitions nationwide

•                Class sizes are small and there are many research and internship opportunities with the national labs nearby

•                Most freshmen go right into a specific degree program (Mechanical, Civil, etc.) but they also have the option of being an Undeclared engineering major.

•                Automatic admit if GPA is 3.0 or above (if below 3.0, there are SAT or ACT requirements)

•                Job placement upon graduation is strong

•                Every senior is involved in a senior design project

•                Students are encouraged to contact the department for a tour when visiting campus

The Two-Week “JEMS” Summer Engineering Program for juniors allows students to explore different engineering disciplines and the University of Idaho campus.

July 10-22, 2011

 Cost: $550

Univ of Idaho will start accepting applications in a few weeks (as of Feb 2011) 

Designed for students who have completed at least their junior year of high school, the Idaho Junior Engineering, Math and Science (JEMS) Summer Program provides an introduction to engineering through study of real-world problems within their technical and social contexts.

The University of Idaho College of Business and Economics was recently honored as a National Best Practice in undergraduate business education by the AACSB – the premier accrediting agency of business school.

•                Students can declare a major in the College of Business and Economics straight away as freshmen on their admission application; if they are admitted to the University of Idaho, they are then admitted as one of their College majors.

•                During their junior-year, students begin their signature program, known as the Integrated Business Curriculum (IBC).  The University of Idaho has won several awards on this curriculum, which is a year-long integrated program.

•                IBC is taught by a team of five faculty members, and is student team-project based, with students working with a corporate partner (e.g., Micron, Boeing, Starbucks, etc.).  It is a very unique and very effective way for students to learn business in a real world environment, providing strong experience for a resume.

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