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Engineering Learning Communities

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What is the Engineering Learning Community (ELC) program?
The ELC provides a unique living and learning opportunity for first-year engineering students, by offering a collaborative environment where students come together with faculty, advisors, and peers to learn, socialize and support one another throughout the transition to Drexel and the academic year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the College of Engineering will host several learning community options. Please see below for information about the program and a link to apply to participate this fall!


By joining an ELC, you will become a more active and responsible participant in your education. You will form close friendships and establish a sense of community that will provide you with great access to support and resources needed in order to be successful. As an active member of the Drexel Engineering Learning Community program, you will:

  • Live in Myers Hall with other ELC members
  • Have a better opportunity to form effective study groups
  • Participate in weekly tutoring sessions 
  • Interact with College of Engineering faculty members, students, organization leaders and engineering upperclassmen
  • Take an active role in Engineering programs
  • Complete civic engagement projects
  • Enjoy social outings that add to a meaningful college experience
  • Take field trips to locations in and around the Philadelphia area

To Apply

In order to be eligible for the Engineering Learning Community you must be living on campus and complete the housing application.

Once you complete the housing application you can complete the ELC application.

You must complete both the University Housing and Engineering Learning Community application by Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:59PM.


Do I have to live on campus to participate in the ELC?

Yes, as an ELC student, you must live on campus. Please be sure to fill out your Housing application to be considered. If you do not plan to live on campus, but are still looking for a way to connect to the College of Engineering during your first year, we encourage you to apply to the Engineering Peer Mentor program. Contact Rosie Sullivan for more information

I was planning to room with someone who is also attending Drexel this fall. Can we still live together if I'm accepted into the ELC program?

Yes, if both you and your chosen roommate are engineering majors accepted into the ELC, you can live together. Please be sure both you and your chosen roommate apply to be part of the ELC. If your chosen roommate is not an engineering major, you will have to choose between this living arrangement and the ELC.

What if I get accepted into the Honors Program and the ELC. Can I do both?

Yes, you can be an Honors Program student and still participate in the Engineering Learning Community program, however, the Honors program also hosts a living learning community, which takes place in Millennium Hall, so you will need to choose between these two residential options. Keep in mind that if you choose to live with the ELC, you can still maintain all other benefits and privileges of the Honors program. 

I heard the ELC takes some classes together. Which ones?

Formally, ENGR 101, 102 and 103 (first-year Engineering design sequence), UNIV 101 (first-year seminar) and CIVC 101 (Intro to Civic Engagement). Informally, many ELC members are often enrolled in the same sections of other courses, but you’re unlikely to have all of your classes with ELC members.

Will I get to know students from other majors?

Yes, absolutely. As a residential student, you will be living in a residence hall that houses students from all majors and other learning communities. Our learning community students also fully participate in all the University has to offer including student organizations, athletics, fraternity and sorority life, community service and on and off-campus events and programs.

Does it cost anything to participate in the ELC program?

No, there is no additional cost associated with the ELC program. Most activities sponsored by the program are free to ELC participants with few exceptions.