Brown-Forman Engineering Academy

Interested in being a part of engineering excellence?  Want to connect with other students and faculty before the first day of classes?   Apply now for the Brown-Forman Engineering Academy

What is the Brown-Forman Engineering Academy?

This is a two-week, live on program designed to prepare accepted incoming engineering freshmen both academically and personally.  This enrichment program is designed to assist students with their transition into college through academic prep, peer support, faculty relationship building, and student success programming.  Additionally accepted students will share the same block of classes in the fall and will continue to meet as a cohort for both fall and spring semesters. This information will be provided for you at the end of orientation.

When is the program?

The program will run again, as a two week live on from July 16th – 27th, 2023, allowing students early interaction with their peers, professors and campus staff.  Accepted students will spend a portion of the day strengthening their math skills and evenings developing through co-curricular learning, workshops & trainings, as well as interactive activities and trips.

Two-week program can be life changing

Hear from four students who participated in the Brown-Forman Engineering Academy and the difference the program made as they prepared to be a Speed School student.

What are the benefits of joining the Brown-Forman Engineering Academy?

  • Calculus prep course with the experts
    Three (3) hours a day will focus on calculus prep. Students who participate in the program describe being more prepared for the rigors of engineering math for the coming semesters.
  • Build a support system of first year and upper class peers
    Each cohort contains peer mentors to assist in leading students through the 2-week program. Peer mentors are comprised of upper-class students, many who participated in BFEA before their freshman year.
  • Exposure to faculty and staff
    The entire program is created and conducted with faculty and staff members that you will recognize in the fall! Getting to know their faces now prepares and encourages students to engage during the semester.
  • Engage in the Industry
    Here’s the chance to tour some of the leading companies employing engineers within the city. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and network with engineers working in the field.
  • Engaging with fellow Speed students before arriving to campus
    Students who participate in the program find lifelong friends! Some become roommate’s others form instant study groups. Either way meeting before the semester starts creates a familiar face when you head to your first classes in the fall.
  • Continued support throughout the semester
    Additional opportunities for engagement assist once the semester has begun! Reunite with your cohort through meetups and presentations created to further enhance your engineering experience.

What will this cost me?

Thanks to the generous support of Brown-Forman & GE Appliances this program is FREE to admitted participants. This includes lodging, meals, extracurricular activities, and more.

Who should apply?

Incoming first-year Speed School students who have been accepted into UofL Speed School of Engineering who are eager to ensure a successful transition into college. Students must have applied for housing and must intend to sign up for orientation to be considered for the 2023 cohort. 48 students from the 2023 freshman engineering cohort will be admitted.

If you will be commuting, please read over the First-Year Live-On Policy and complete the automatic exemption.

The Brown-Forman Engineering Academy is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

How to apply?

Students will have to answer short essay “Please tell us about yourself and how the Brown-Forman Engineering Academy (BFEA) will help you transition into Speed School.”

Applications for the 2023 BFEA program have closed.


Questions about the program:

Contact Valerie Clay, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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