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Engineering OnRamp
Summer FAQ Page

Updated 02/16/2020


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our team has made the public health informed decision to provide our summer programs virtually for the Summer 2021 Season. Student safety is at the forefront of our priorities. Last summer we were able to host robust virtual programming with hands-on at home projects led by our instructors. 

Click here to see highlights from our 2020 Summer Virtual Programs



What programs is my student eligible for?
  • AI4ALL: Current 9th & 10th Grade Michigan Residents
  • Engineering Pathways: Current Wolverine Pathways Scholars
  • Galaxy Program: Current 8th and 9th grade Michigan Residents
  • SHARP: Current 11th Grade Michigan Residents
  • SMASH: Current 9th grade students who attend a Michigan SMASH Partner School

**Note that exceptions will not be made for grade and resident status


What does “Current grade” mean?

Current grade refers to the grade your student is in during the 2020-2021 School year:

  • 8th Grade- High School Graduating class of 2025
  • 9th Grade- High School Graduating class of 2024
  • 10th Grade- High School Graduating class of 2023
  • 11th Grade- High School Graduating class of 2022


Do I need to be a US Citizen? What does “Michigan Resident” Mean? International student / DACA / Student Visa Information

You must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent Michigan Resident to be eligible for our programs. Michigan Residents are students whose permanent residence is in Michigan and attends a Michigan school. DACA Students who are Michigan residents and attend a Michigan School are welcome to apply. International students are not eligible to apply for our programs at this time. Those who are residing and attending school in Michigan on a Visa are not eligible to apply at this time.


Who is this program for? Is it open to students who don’t identify as “diverse”?

The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. As a college, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. A vibrant, inclusive climate helps us leverage our strengths and make the most of our collective capabilities. CEDO offers a collection of summer programs for a diverse group of middle and high school students. We strive to provide greater educational opportunities for young people, including individuals from educational, cultural, geographic, or socioeconomic backgrounds considered to be underrepresented in engineering. To learn more, please visit the webpage of the University of Michigan Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


Do participants need previous experience with engineering?

No, participants do not need any prior knowledge or experience in engineering or computer programming / coding. Application requirements for individual programs vary.


My student is not eligible for any of your programs. Do you have suggestions for other programs?

We’re sorry we are not currently hosting a program that your child is eligible for. Our programs are constantly evolving and we are continually working to add programs to our portfolio. We suggest signing up for our Mailing list to be kept in the loop for future opportunities!

For information about k-12 programs hosted by different departments across the University of Michigan, check out the U-M Youth Hub!


When will applications become available?

Application roll out dates are listed on each program page.


How can I be notified about EO program applications?

We suggest adding yourself to our Mailing list for future updates about our programs


What are the deadlines for applications? When will applicants know if they have been accepted or not?

Dates for applications are listed on the individual program page. Sign up for our Mailing list to get updates about application information. (Page will be updated accordingly once information is released)


What if applicants miss the deadline?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide extensions for our deadlines.


What kind of information is required on the application?

The majority of our applications require basic information about the student, GPA or grades, and a student response to a writing prompt. Depending on the program, we will also ask for unofficial copies of school transcripts.


Is there a fee to apply?

The majority of our programs do not require an application fee. Galaxy Program Applications require you to create a DAPCEP profile and pay a $25 fee. This fee will be refunded to you if your student is not selected for the program.


Is there an advantage to applying sooner rather than later? Is the date of their application taken into consideration when they review them?

We do not give preference to applications based on the date they are submitted.


I did not get in and would like feedback on my application.

Due to the high volume of applicants and to ensure the selection committee can operate as fairly and objectively as possible, EO is unable to provide written or verbal feedback to applicants.


My child has been accepted into another summer camp and they need a decision soon. Can I find out if my student got into the program early?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide decisions before the decision deadline nor can we advise you on which program to choose. We are happy to answer questions about our programs to better assist with your decision.


Do you offer Scholarships for your programs?

We offer need-based scholarships to those who qualify. We do not want the price to discourage anyone from applying.


How do I apply for a scholarship?

You are able to indicate your interest in applying for a scholarship when filling out the application form.


How are applicants considered for a scholarship?

Applicants will have the opportunity to indicate that they would like to be considered for need-based scholarships on the application. Additional information, such as income tax information or free and reduced lunch information, may be requested from those who indicate an interest.


Program Details

Zoom & Program Information

 Our programs use Zoom as our video conferencing platform and Canvas as our education portal (similar to Google Classroom). Login information will be provided once students have been accepted and enrolled into the program.


Are you offering SCEEP (Summer College Engineering Exposure Program) anymore?

CEDO is no longer offering the SCEEP Program. 


How come your programs are so cheap?

The program fees listed on our website are a fraction of the cost that it takes to host a student for our programs. Engineering OnRamp partners with organizations and sponsors across the country to keep prices affordable for our students.