Engineering Concepts Institute (E.C.I.)
(Incoming Freshman in College of Engineering Only)

The E.C.I. is a summer Ten-week virtual academic enrichment program that simulates the college experience-attend classes daily, complete homework assignments, and attend a study group session with tutor. The Institute provides an opportunity for students, who are mature and committed to educational excellence, to prepare for academic success, particularly in math and sciences, in their first year as a college freshman at TSU. The E.C.I will provide 3 credit hours MATH 1900 (online), paid by the College. When the student passes the MATH 1900 with a C or better, he/she will start in MATH 1910 (Calculus I) in Fall semester. This Math 1900 should only be taken by students enrolling with an ACT Math score of 24 or less or the SAT equivalent. Students with ACT or SAT Math equivalent of 25 or greater will automatically qualify to take MATH 1910 (Calculus 1) in the Fall 2024. The highest achieving students will be eligible for consideration of scholarship assistance for their first year of college. The E.C.I. also provides 1 credit hour for ENGR 1020 Freshmen Engineering Seminar (online), or 1 credit hour of COMP 1500 Introduction to Computer Science (online), or 1 credit hour of ENGR 1151 Computer Engineering Graphics (online). Students will pay their tuition for ENGR 1020/1151 and COMP 1500. The E.C.I. students will join the one-day College of Engineering New student orientation on July 19 to learn about their program, meet faculty and engage with industry partners. Please plan to stay to attend this event after you attend the University College of Engineering orientation on July 17 or 18.

Online Courses Available this Summer are below. In the application you can select which courses you want to be enrolled in.

  • MATH 1900 – 01 Special Topics, Class, MTWR, 8:00 am - 9:30 am, May 28, 2024 - Aug 02, 2024, Katherine Liles (3 credit)   
  • MATH 1900 – 02 Special Topics, Class, MTWR, 9:45 am - 11:15 am, May 28, 2024 - Aug 02, 2024, William Taylor (3 credit)   
  • MATH 1900 – 03 Special Topics, Class, MTWR, 9:45 am - 11:15 am, May 28, 2024 - Aug 02, 2024, Katherine N Liles (3 credit)  
  • ENGR 1020  Freshman Engineering Seminar, MTWR, 11:30 am -12:55 pm, Web, May 28, 2024 - Jun 28, 2024, Dr. Armwood and Dr. McCurry, (1 credit) (For Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Architectural Engineering Students only)  
  • ENGR 1151 Computer Engr Graphics, class, MTWR, 11:30 am -12:55 pm, Jul 01, 2024 - Aug 02, 2024 (1 credit) (For Civil, Architectural, and Mechanical Engineering students Only)
  • COMP 1500 Introduction to Computer Science, MTWR, 11:30 am -12:55 pm, Web, Jul 01, 2024 - Aug 02, 2024 (1 credit) (For Computer Science Students only)

Eligibility   : Students who graduate from high school in this Spring semester, have been accepted to attend TSU in this Fall semester, and who plan to major in one of the following disciplines: Applied and Industrial Technology, Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Costs: The College of Engineering will cover the cost of MATH 1900 (3 credit hours) for the students to participate. Students need to pay tuition for ENGR 1020/1151 and COMP 1500, if applicable.


Application Requirements:

  • Complete online Application
  • Two-Page Essay from student describing why they chose their major and how this summer experience will be beneficial to your success at TSU in the Fall.
  • Copy of High School Transcript (note: this transcript is in addition to the one submitted to the TSU Office of Enrollment Management for admission to the University)
  • Copy of ACT and/or SAT test scores (copy of official document)
  • One Letters of Recommendation from a High School teacher or counselor (letters should be on letterhead, with contact information (phone and email), dated, and signed.)

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For more information, write the College of Engineering
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209, or call (615) 963-5401.