RE@CSU

Frequently Asked Questions

^When is the application deadline?

^What do I need to do to apply?

^What are the requirements to be accepted?

^Can I apply if I am an International student with an F1 Student Visa?

^Can I apply if I am a graduate student?

^What majors are eligible for the program?

^What year in school do I need to be to apply?

^When will I find out if I am accepted?

^What should I write in my personal statement?

^How will I get to Cleveland?

^Where will I live?

^Do I have to live in the dorm?

^Can I receive course credit for participating?

^My recommender lost the email that tells him/her how to submit a recommendation.  Can you resend the email?

When is the application deadline? March 15, 2017.

What do I need to do to apply? You will need to fill out our online application, have two faculty members send recommendation letters on your behalf, and submit your unofficial transcripts, a resume, and a personal statement.

What are the requirements to be accepted? The only hard requirements are that you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and that you will be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2017.  Of course lots of students who meet these requirements will not be accepted.  We will select a group of students with a strong potential to do well in the program and whose interests match well with the interests of the faculty mentors.

Can I apply if I am an international student with an F1 student visa? No.

Can I apply if I am a graduate student? No.

What majors are eligible for the program? We welcome applications from all students majoring in or planning to major in engineering, computer science, math, or the sciences.  We anticipate that most applicants will be from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science. 

What year in school do I need to be to apply? Any student planning to enroll in an undergraduate program in Fall 2017 is eligible to apply.  This includes high school students graduating this spring.  It does not include college students graduating this spring. 

When will I find out if I am accepted? On or before April 1, 2017

What should I write in my personal statement? You should include the following:

  • Explain why you are interested in the program.  You might talk about any experiences you have had with people with disabilities.  This might be your own disability, a family member's disability, or a volunteer experience.  It is not necessary to have experience with people with disabilities to be accepted.
  • Explain why you are a good fit for the program.  Do you have a great academic record, research experience, or job experience?  Do you have any special skills like computer programming, mechanical design, or expertise in electronics?
  • Explain why this experience is different from opportunities at your home institution and how this experience will help you achieve a goal you have. 
  • Tell us why you want to work with a particular faculty mentor.

How will I get to Cleveland? If you will fly, you will book your flight through CSU's travel agent, and the RE @ CSU program will pay for your flight.  If you drive, we will reimburse you for mileage.

Where will I live? You will share a bedroom and bathroom in a dormitory on CSU's campus with another student in the program.  You and your roommate will also share a common room and kitchenette with two other students in the program.   

Do I have to live in the dorm? Yes.  We want all the students to live together and form a strong community.  Even if you are local to Cleveland you must live in the dorm.

Can I receive course credit for participating? Unfortunately no.  The program will certainly give you skills that will prepare you for your future courses and for graduate school.

My recommender lost the email that tells him/her how to submit a recommendation.  Can you resend the email? Here is the link to the recommendation submission website.