Engineering Summer Academy


Incoming 2015 freshman engineering majors are invited to join us for OC's Engineering Summer Academy (ESA) Sunday, August 10th through Friday, the 14th. During this week, students work in small teams to solve a number of engineering projects such as catapult launches, decoding encrypted messages, and programming robotic vehicles. This is a great opportunity to decide which area of engineering and you want to study and to develop a strong network of engineering peers and professors before classes even begin!

ESA Registration (click here to register) 

Cost and Space Limitations

Cost is $550 and includes one hour of course credit (for ENGR 1111 Introduction to Engineering) as well as room and board for the entire week.  Payment can be made online.  Also, due to space limitations, ESA will be limited to the first 50 eligible students who sign up. For those who will not be living in the residence halls in the fall, no housing or evening food will be provided and the cost will be reduced to $520.


Students WILL be able to move directly into their dorms a week early and student housing will open up on Sunday August 9th, after 1pm.  Housing opens for the rest of the incoming freshman class on Saturday August 15th.

Take Flight and Earn Your Wings

Students attending ESA are strongly encouraged to join us for our Take Flight sessions on May 1st or June 19th. However, if students are unable to attend the first two orientation sessions, then we will take care of the main orientation items (class schedules) during the first days of ESA, and attending the final Take Flight session on August 16th will not be required. Earn Your Wings (EYW), however, is still required for all new students. 

  • If you attend Take Flight and EYW and pay before the Take Flight event, the cost will be $225.
  • If you attend Take Flight and EYW and pay the day of Take Flight, the cost will be $250.
  • If you attended ESA in August and choose not to attend Take Flight, the cost will be $175. That will cover the cost of Earn Your Wings.

Please contact your admissions counselor or Student Life for more information about these two programs.