The Academic Program for EXcellence for Engineers (APEXE) is an intensive eight-week, residential, academic summer bridge program designed to increase the success rate of incoming multicultural, first-year engineering students (program occurs in the summer between senior year in high school and freshman year at ISU). Participants in the APEXE program are provided with academic, professional, and social-cultural development experiences to aid their acclimation, transition and retention to the College of Engineering and Iowa State University. These experiences include learning workshops led by engineering faculty and staff to explore engineering disciplines, engagement in industry visits and presentations to increase their passion for and understanding of the engineering profession, enrollment in foundational engineering courses (Math, English, etc.) to prepare them for college-level coursework, and participation in networking opportunities to develop their support system within the engineering college and across the broader university. On average 20-23 students participate in this program each summer.
Fall 2017 to be determined