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STARS Students

STARS Program Requirements

STARS scholars who successfully complete the program—which includes maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher at the end of the first and second years and meeting all first- and second-year requirements—are guaranteed placement into an engineering or computer science major. Thus far, 98% of STARS scholars have been placed into their first-choice major, though placement into the first-choice major is not guaranteed.

First-year requirements

  • Actively participating in all community-building activities, including the STARS Bridge program two weeks before classes begin
  • Successfully completing all STARS courses and workshops
  • Earning a grade of 2.5 or higher in all graded courses and earning credit in all credit/no-credit courses
  • Meeting with a STARS academic counselor at least two times per quarter
  • Earning a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of the year
  • Meeting any other requirements as determined by program staff

Second-year requirements

  • Taking and receiving credit for supplemental workshops for all engineering prerequisites
    • These are one-credit courses that support scholars' success in the calculus series (MATH 124, 125, and 126); MATH 307 and 308; CHEM 142 and 152; and PHYS 121 and 122.
  • Completing ENGR 122: STARS Physics Problem Solving (if the intended major requires physics or if a scholar plans to take PHYS 121 as an elective to fulfill requirements for credits in science)
  • Completing CSE 190: STARS CSE 142 Problem Solving and companion courses for CSE 142 and 143 (if the intended major requires CSE 142 and 143)
  • Actively participating in all academic, professional development, and community-building activities
  • Meeting with a STARS academic counselor during the autumn and spring quarters
  • Earning a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 by the end of the year
  • Meeting any other requirements as determined by program staff

On-campus housing requirement

STARS scholars are required to live on campus in the Engineering Living Learning Community for both their first and second years. Engineering residents build relationships and a sense of community through attending classes and studying together, participating in industry and networking events, and utilizing the Area 01 makerspace.

Educational research has shown that students who live on campus do better academically and are more connected to campus resources than those who live at home. For this reason, there are no exceptions to the on-campus housing requirement. STARS is unable to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of on-campus housing.