Academic Advising & Support

The environment in the McKelvey School of Engineering is designed to foster a collegial and supportive atmosphere that encourages everyone to succeed.


Four-Year Advising

The Engineering Undergraduate Student Services office includes staff members who help students understand the curriculum requirements within and beyond Engineering. In addition to registration assistance, your four-year adviser can serve as your primary contact for answers to general academic, procedural and resource questions.

Faculty Advising

Faculty advisers are professors who work with students to select courses and navigate curriculum. Having a solid relationship with an adviser is an important part of building scholastic success.

Health Professions Advising

Students with an interest in the health professions (medical, dental, physical therapy, pharmacology and veterinary) should attend pre-medicine information sessions and/or meet with the health professions advisor, Ron Laue, at least once a semester. During these meetings, students will be made aware of the required courses, timelines for the appropriate admissions examination, and key objectives when completing the application material. If interested in pursuing admission to medical school, please plan to attend the Engineering Pre-Med Meeting during orientation.

Career Center Advising

The Washington University in St. Louis Career Center offers career development support that includes individualized coaching around internship, co-op and job-seeking skills, résumé writing, interviewing, and networking. The Center’s comprehensive career resources include workshops and events, both in print and online information/tools, and on-campus recruitment interviews with major local, national and international organizations. The Career Center hosts Walk-In hours for Engineering students in Lopata Hall, Room 303 (Engineering Student Services): Monday - Thursday, 1:30 – 4PM.

Academic Support

General Tutoring

Engineering undergraduate students may receive free one-on-one tutoring for select courses. Engineering Undergraduate Student Services coordinates free tutoring for the math, chemistry and physics courses required for an Engineering degree in addition to several Engineering courses.

>> Request a tutor via google doc.

For questions, email Chris Ramsay:

Calculus Help Room

Instructors staff a help desk for calculus courses (131,132, 233) and differential equations. Students who need help with homework during the evening may also visit the Calculus Help Desk in Cornerstone. The Calculus Help Room is located in Cupples I, room 6.

Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning

Cornerstone resources are available to help Washington University undergraduates succeed and persist to graduation in their chosen fields. Cornerstone offers active and collaborative learning opportunities to help students make the transition to college, master class materials in foundational courses, and prepare them for advanced courses and courses in their major.

Engineering students may be particularly interested in Cornerstone's peer-led, team-learning groups. This program pairs trained upperclassmen with small groups of students who work on group exercises directly connected to course work. Initially created in conjunction with the chemistry department to address the needs of freshman taking the introductory chemistry and lab classes, PLTL (Peer Led Team Learning) is now offered to biomedical engineering, physics and calculus students. Cornerstone is located in Gregg House on the first floor.

Problem-Solving Teams

Study groups are coordinated for specific engineering classes. Each study group is facilitated by an upper-class engineering student who has been academically successful in the course. Study group information is made available during the first week of the semester in specific classes or though Engineering Undergraduate Student Services at any time.