Application to the STARS program is a two-step process:
- Complete the STARS online application.
Candidates are required to write an essay as part of the application. Essay can be typed or copied directly into the application.
Essay Topic: Engineering and computer science study requires determination and hard work over the course of 4‐5 years. Please share one or more experiences of a challenging goal that took a long time to achieve. How did you display determination and hard work? Was there a time when you wanted to give up and if so what did you do? Where did you get help? What did you learn? (500 words max)
- Complete the interview.
After completing the application, our staff will contact you to schedule a follow-up interview. Be prepared to answer the following two questions as part of the interview process:
- Why are you inspired and motivated to study engineering or computer science? Please be sure to address in some depth the specific nature and extent of your interests in engineering or computer science.
- The STARS program offers students academic, social, and financial resources to be successful in an engineering or computer science curriculum. How do you feel the STARS program will benefit you as a first-year student in these fields at WSU? Please be sure to address specific challenges you anticipate facing that STARS will be able to help you with.
Candidates are evaluated on their background, math placement, and how their essay and interview demonstrate their desire to obtain an engineering or computer science degree.