Electrical & Computer Engineering Summer Launch

A smart start to your academic career

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Summer Launch program helps students like you—incoming first-year Engineering students—get a head start on your degree by taking a high-demand course in the month before your freshman year.

Benefits include:

  • Starting the Electrical or Computer Engineering course progression with confidence
  • Added flexibility in your fall schedule
  • Getting to know College of Engineering facilities and resources
  • Meeting students in your program
  • Becoming familiar with Electrical and Computer Engineering and the career paths associated with these majors

The course will feature:

  • Online hybrid-learning format including a small bit of theory, some hands-on, some computer software.
  • Instructor-led, live demonstrations with interactive feedback.
  • Do-it-yourself laboratory activities guided via video streaming.
  • Recorded lectures with step-by-step instructions for each activity.
  • No cost, curated learning kits which include computer-based instrumentation to provide electrical measurements on the student’s computer.
  • Cloud-based software tools enable students to produce diagrams of electrical circuits.
  • Collaborative work with classmates using the Electronic Design Automation tool and Google Docs.

Applications for the 2020 program will open on February 14, 2020.  Application link.  Application Deadline is May 1, 2020.

Program Snapshot
WhatElectrical and Computer Engineering Summer Launch
WhenCourse Dates: July 27 to August 22, 2020.
WhoIncoming first-year students in Electrical or Computer Engineering --OR-- Incoming first-year students who are in a different track or haven't yet chosen a major
WhyTo get a jump on your academic career and make a smooth transition to college
CostAbout $1,049.80 for Wisconsin residents and $3,304.78 for nonresidents. Significant and numerous scholarships are available for this ECE Summer Launch Course.

Program Details

The program is open to students who have accepted an offer of admission to the UW–Madison College of Engineering for fall 2020, and who are interested in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.  If you are still exploring your interests, the course in this program can satisfy introduction to Engineering requirements for other engineering majors too.  Contact us via email to determine if one of the programs is a good fit for you.

The course runs July 27 to August 22, 2020.

The academic program consists of ECE 210: Introductory Experience in Electrical Engineering, a two-credit course required for both the Electrical and Computer Engineering majors. You will participate in lab sections and will be expected to complete the same rigorous coursework you would in the fall or spring.

ECE 210 presents an introduction to electrical and electronic devices, circuits and systems including software and hardware focusing on a real-world project. In it, you will begin to develop important skills for your major.

By taking ECE 210 in the summer, you will complete one of the requirements for your degree early, which will give you some additional flexibility in your course progression

The estimates below are provided for planning purposes and are subject to minor variations as final summer 2020 tuition and fee information becomes available in the spring.

A limited number of program scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship, submit your program application by May 1, 2020 and select the checkbox indicating you would like to be considered for scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Wisconsin Resident:  1,049.80

Nonresident:  $3,304.78

Significant and numerous scholarships are available for this ECE Summer Launch Course.

Some students may also be eligible for financial aid during the program. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid with any questions.

Thank you for your interest in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Summer Launch program for summer 2020!

Only freshmen who have been offered fall admission in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison are eligible to apply to participate.

The program application will be come available on February 14, 2020.  Applications are due by May 1, 2020.

Students should accept their offer of admission to UW-Madison before completing the Electrical and Computer Engineering Summer Launch application. 

Students will be notified about the status of their application within two weeks of applying.

Is placement testing included in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Summer Launch program?

No, placement testing is not included in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Summer Launch program. Participants will need to complete any placement testing before they attend the program. More information on placement testing is available on the SOAR and Testing and Evaluation Services websites.

Do I need a certain math placement to participate in the program?

To take ECE 210, you must demonstrate advanced math competence, by having completed algebra or trigonometry, or achieving a suitable placement score. Please contact us if you have any concerns about your mathematical preparation for the program.

Can I work while enrolled in Electrical and Computer Engineering Summer Launch?

We do not recommend it. This program is fast-paced and will require a significant time commitment every day. In addition to spending time in lecture, discussion, and lab, you will have homework to complete outside of class.

Can I take another course while enrolled in this program?

No. This program should be considered a full-time academic commitment.

How will I find out if I’m accepted?

You will be notified at the email address provided on your application, so please provide an email address that you check regularly. You will hear from us within two weeks after we receive your application.

Can I attend Electrical and Computer Engineering Summer Launch if I am not majoring in Electrical or Computer Engineering?

The program is designed for students interested in electrical or computer engineering. If you are still exploring your interests, the courses in this program can satisfy Introduction to Engineering requirements for other engineering majors too. Contact us via email to determine if one of the programs is a good fit for you.

Have a question not answered here?  Contact us at ECESummerLaunch@wisc.edu.

2020 Application Link

Have a question not answered here?  Contact us at ECESummerLaunch@wisc.edu.