Eligibility Requirements

EI students working on a lab project.
EI students with their spaghetti bridge.
EI students working on a lab project.

Academic Eligibility

Our typical student is a rising junior (~35%) or senior (~65%) in high school. Talented 9th graders (rising sophomores) may be considered, however, priority will be given to older students. Graduated seniors are also eligible to participate during the summer before they begin their college career.

Because Explore Engineering Innovation and Biomedical Engineering Innovation are college-level courses, interested students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have As and Bs in their high school math and science classes
  • Successfully complete Algebra II
  • Successfully complete a course where the trigonometric functions are taught.  To meet the trigonometry prerequisite, students must be able to use sine, cosine, tangent, and the Pythagorean Theorem to determine angles and side lengths for right-angle triangles. 
  • Successfully completed required lab science courses:
    • For Explore Engineering Innovation, students must have completed the equivalent of a full year of high school physics or chemistry.
    • For Biomedical Engineering Innovation, students must have completed the equivalent of a full year of high school physics. Students need to be comfortable with drawing and calculating forces in free-body diagrams, equations of motion, and principles of electric circuits prior to taking the course.


We move through the topics quickly and assume students are able to extend upon the pre-requisite knowledge to tackle more challenging problems. Students who are currently enrolled in required courses are eligible to apply as long as the required classes will be completed prior to the first day of the Engineering Innovation course.


To be eligible to participate in any Engineering Innovation course you must either be:

  • a current high school student
  • a recent high school graduate who has not yet started college


Eligibility for Residential Locations

Students who apply and are accepted to a residential location of Explore Engineering Innovation (In-Person) for summer 2022 must have been born between July 30, 2004, and July 3, 2007. This is because students who live in the dorms must be at least 15 years of age on the first day and not yet 18 years of age on the last day of the program.

Please note that the age restrictions do not apply to commuter and online programs.

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