The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program assists motivated first-year engineering and computer science students with the transition from high school study to the rigor of a college curriculum by providing them with the tools and requisite math skills to be successful. STARS targets need-based students who have demonstrated talent and interest in the engineering and computer science disciplines, but have not been given the opportunity to properly prepare for the demands of these fields. All students interested in engineering or computer science are encouraged to APPLY ONLINE.
- Specialized curriculum with reserved courses creating a personalized experience.
- First-year coaching on the study skills and habits needed to succeed in engineering and computer science.
- Comprehensive and individualized academic advising.
- A supportive community of peers, faculty, and staff.
- Access to mathematics and chemistry tutoring.
- Up to $4,000 in scholarship support earned over the first two years.
- When should I apply to STARS?
- The WSU STARS application process starts at the beginning of March each year.
- Will it take me longer to graduate as a STARS student?
- The average time to graduation for engineering students is 4.5 years. It is expected that STARS program participants will graduate within 5 years.
- How many students are accepted into the STARS program each year?
- The program is a joint partnership between the University of Washington and Washington State University; 64 students are invited to the program, half to each respective university.
- Are STARS students a part of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture?
- Yes, students are considered pre-certified students of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Please declare your intended engineering or computer science major, e.g. Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Software, etc.
- How long will the program support me?
- The focus of STARS is preparing participants to be able to independently handle the rigors of an engineering or computer science curriculum using the skills and support structure built in the first two years. However, once you are part of the STARS family, you will always have the help and mentoring put in place as part of your developed support structure. Additionally, you will likely be asked to mentor the next class of STARS participants.
- What will my first year at Washington State University look like?
- The first year in the STARS program will be primarily focused on preparing you for certification by developing community within a cohort as well as providing learning strategies for successful study. Additionally, math skills will be developed and honed to successfully complete the calculus series. Your first year curriculum will probably be as follows:
WSU STARS Fall Semester MATH 106 – College Algebra 3 cr CHEM 101 - Intro to General Chemistry 4 cr ENGR 101 – Success in Engineering Study 2 cr ENGL 101 - College Composition 3 cr General Education Credits 3 cr Total Credits 15 cr
WSU STARS Spring Semester ENGR 101 – Success in Engineering Study Seminar 1 cr ENGR 107 – Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications 3 cr MATH 108 – Trigonometry 2 cr CHEM 105 – Principles of Chemistry I 4 cr ENGR 120 – Innovation in Design 2 cr General Education Credits 3 cr Total Credits 15 cr
Katherine Harms, STARS Director
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture