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Prospective Student Resources: Advice for High School Students

Advice for High School Students

Preparing for college is important for any high school student. For those considering a major in engineering it can be be especially helpful to plan ahead. When planning your high school classes we recommend the following:

  • 4 years of math, including at least pre-calculus (AP calc if possible)
  • 4 years science, including 1 year each of biology, chemistry, physics
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • 4 years of English
  • Not required, but helpful to have CAD, drafting, or some other industrial design course
  • Not required, but helpful to have a intro computer programming class
  • Not required, but helpful to have AP Statistics course. If you have to choose, AP Calculus is preferred over AP Statistics.

Typical first-year engineering courses

Engineering 101 - Intro to Engineering Design Engineering 106 - Engineering Chemistry & Material Science
Math 171 - Calculus I Math 172 - Calculus II
Chemistry 103 - General Chemistry I Physics 133 - Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity
Engineering 181- Engineering Graphical Communication Lab Health & Fitness core
English 101- Written Rhetoric History or Religion core
IDIS 101 - First Year Prelude  

If you would like to see more detailed information of courses taken over the entire program, please go to the Academic Advising page.

Do you still wonder if Calvin Engineering is for you? We have made a list of frequently asked questions that every High School student should be asking when looking for a college that offers an engineering degree. Visit our FAQ page.

Freshmen Scholarships

High school students that are want to be considered for FIRST-YEAR Engineering Department Scholarships should read this carefully. Please read the description of each and download and mail an application as needed. The James Bosscher scholarship does not require an application. All students entering Calvin with Engineering listed as their first or second choice in a major are considered eligible applicants.

Buying a computer

We support both Windows and Mac computers for student use when connecting to ResNet (wired) and CalvinStudents (wireless). Most of Calvin's resident students bring their own computers to campus each year.

Calvin uses the Microsoft Office suite of software: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. Professors expect electronically submitted files to be in a Microsoft Office readable format.

Calvin Information Technology provides computing, printing, telephone and
cable television services to the Calvin College community.

Contact Us

Any student or parent of a high school student is welcome to contact the Engineering Department directly. We are happy to talk to you and answer your questions.