The LIFT Engineering program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering and computer science. LIFT participants will be supported as they become successful college students; assisted in selecting majors and transfer institutions; and encouraged as they establish professional networks.
Applicants must be incoming freshmen for the fall term and be willing and able to begin their college experience in summer. (Applications for fall 2023 are now closed.)
They must be a member of one or more of the following underrepresented populations in engineering:
Students should be ready for college-level work with a high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, but they need not place into calculus for consideration.
They must also be enthusiastic about pursuing bachelor’s level degrees in one of the engineering disciplines or computer science.
Step 1: Apply to Harper College. You may do this any time prior to completing the LIFT Engineering application. Please make note of the ID number (or H-number because it will start with H00) that you are assigned. You will need it for the additional steps.
Step 2: Obtain a copy of your high school transcripts. They must include your 7th semester (first term of your senior year) grades. These will be uploaded with your LIFT application as a PDF. Have this prepared in advance.
Step 3: Take a screen capture or create a PDF of your SAT (or ACT) scores if you have taken one of these tests. The test scores are an optional part of the application, but if you have the scores, they would be helpful in evaluating your application.
Step 4: Read the essay prompts and prepare your responses in advance. You will not be able to return to your application or edit it after you submit it, so you must prepare and write your answers before working on the application.
Essay 1: Why have you chosen to pursue a degree in engineering? Which engineering discipline do you currently think interests you the most and why?
Essay 2 (choose only ONE of the following):
Option A: Describe an occasion when you experienced a failure or made a mistake. How did it make your feel? How did you respond to it? What did you learn from it or do differently now because you had this experience?
Option B: Describe a time when you accomplished more than you thought you could. How did you feel? What did you learn about yourself? How have you changed because of that accomplishment?
Essay 3 (optional): Is there anything else that you would like to tell the admissions committee that you believe is important in evaluating your application?
Step 5: Access the LIFT application and submit your responses. The application for Fall 2023 has now closed. The application link for interested 2024 high school graduates will be available here in February 2024.
If you have questions, please contact the LIFT Engineering coordinator at LIFT@harpercollege.edu.