This paper describes a freshman engineering educational experience at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). It highlights the first year engineering curriculum and an academic support system that is designed for student success during the freshman year. Traditional course work in calculus, chemistry, calculus based physics, introductions to engineering, engineering graphics, and writing courses are a part of the freshman engineering curriculum. The university offers a number of academic support programs to help freshman students a smooth transition from high school to college life. A Freshmen Seminar course, which is designed to enhance students’ educational experiences during the freshman year, is an important element of the university’s academic support system. This paper briefly describes the content of an introductory course in engineering and the Freshman Seminar. It also describes some of the programs within the university that are implemented to improve student success during the freshman year.

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