Center for Access to Engineering Excellence
227 Bechtel Engineering Center
Berkeley, CA 94720-1702
Engineering Student Services (ESS) at Berkeley offers a range of programs to support the success of undergraduate engineering students during their time at Berkeley and beyond. Programs include opportunities for students to build mentor relationships, form cohorts within their majors and expand their understanding of course materials outside of the classroom.
Our Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) gives incoming first-year students a competitive edge by jumpstarting their Berkeley Engineering experience through participation in the PREP Summer Institute.
Our Transfer Pre-Engineering Program (T-PREP) offers incoming transfer students an intensive seven-day immersive summer experience that provides a head start in making the transition from community college to Berkeley Engineering.
Transfer Success Ambassadors
The new Transfer Success Ambassadors program extends a tradition of peer support in the Berkeley Engineering transfer community, with a team of ambassadors who meet with their fellow transfer students and collaborate on workshops, events and outreach efforts.
Our year-long mentoring programs help current undergraduates develop relationships with other students, alumni and faculty; create academic support networks; and leverage opportunities for professional development. There are specialized programs for first-generation students as well as junior transfers.
LeaderShape is an intensive, six-day educational experience held in a remote environment with no internet or cell phone access. Sixty Berkeley participants come from all engineering majors, as well as from diverse ethnic and personal backgrounds.
Every semester, Engineering Student Services offers engineering workshops to help students make the most of their time as undergraduates in Berkeley Engineering. Whether it is how to take notes and study effectively, make the most of GSI and faculty office hours, or managing time and stress, our workshops delve into topics with the engineering student in mind.
Continuing the work that begins in PREP, students build on the cohort within their major to learn more about their department, job opportunities, research skills and more.
Deep dives are offered for core engineering courses to give students extra study sessions that build on the lectures and discussions from class.
Grand Challenges Scholars Program
The Grand Challenges Scholars Program combines innovative curriculum and cutting-edge research experiences into a scholastic fusion that spans academic disciplines and includes entrepreneurial, global, and service learning opportunities.