Blinn College and Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering are offering students a unique pathway to pursue an engineering degree from Texas A&M.
Beginning this fall, the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn is coming to Blinn College’s Brenham campus, where it will establish a one-of-a-kind living and learning community. Participants in the Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham will live together in the Blinn College Park Apartments and will take their math, science and engineering classes together to create a strong academic support network.
Engineering Academy students will take a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester, including two to three credit hours of Texas A&M engineering courses. The Texas A&M courses will be instructed by a Texas A&M professor on the Blinn-Brenham campus.
Only Engineering Academy students will be allowed to enroll in the engineering courses provided on the Brenham campus. These courses were previously reserved only for students admitted to the Look College, therefore Engineering Academy students will start their engineering academic courses at the same time as freshman engineering students at Texas A&M. Academy students have two years to successfully gain admission into an engineering degree-granting major within the Dwight Look College of Engineering. Similar to all freshman Engineering students at Texas A&M, admission to a major is competitive and not guaranteed. However, Academy students who complete all program requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 will be guaranteed full admission to Texas A&M.
Engineering Academy students will have access to Look College advisors who are dedicated to the program and who will assist them in exploring all their options for full admission into a major that aligns with their academic and career goals.
Students who participate in the program and take 15 credit hours will save approximately $1,500 each semester compared to a student taking all 15 credit hours at Texas A&M. Additionally, Blinn offers a variety of scholarships, including the Texas – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship for students from a Texas high school who graduated with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
First-time and continuing college students who are pre-calculus or calculus ready are eligible to apply for the Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham via the ApplyTexas application.
The Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham continues to build upon the partnership between the Look College and Blinn. Modeled after the Texas A&M Blinn TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) co-enrollment partnership, the Engineering Academy began as the TEAM-E pilot program in 2013. After beginning with more than 100 participants, the Engineering Academy now includes over 200 students on the Bryan campus. The Academy will expand to approximately 500 total students in 2015-16, including approximately 100 on the Blinn-Brenham campus.
Blinn is an affiliate partner of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and is partnering with Look College to establish a co-aligned Associate of Science degree that will allow Blinn engineering students to seamlessly transfer credit hours into the college of engineering.
For more information about the Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham, including frequently asked questions and admissions processes, visit: www.blinn.edu/team.