Qualified students may be permitted to begin a graduate program while still completing their undergraduate program. With the permission of the responsible undergraduate and graduate faculty, a student admitted to a graduate program may take up to three graduate courses to count for both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Only BSE degree students may apply for submatriculation into Penn Engineering master’s programs.  Application for admission as a submatriculant must be completed before the end of the student’s junior year.   For more information on this option, please refer to the Across the University section of this Bulletin.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the University as a whole offer a large number of awards and prizes to undergraduate engineering students every year. Descriptions of the specific awards and prizes are also available online at each departmental homepage.
Ben Franklin Scholars
Highly qualified entering freshmen from each of the undergraduate schools are honored with the designation of Benjamin Franklin Scholars. Additional students may apply after one semester and up to the end of their sophomore year. For more information on this option, please refer to the Across the University section of this Bulletin.
University Scholars Program
Penn Engineering students who are research-oriented and who desire to combine undergraduate and graduate study as a total educational experience starting at the freshman or sophomore level are urged to consider the University Scholars program.  For more information on this option, please refer to the Across the University section of this Bulletin.
All Penn Engineering undergraduates are assigned faculty advisors with whom they are required to meet at least twice a year. Faculty advisors are an invaluable resource for helping students to plan their academic careers, and they assist students in the course planning and selection process each semester.  No student is permitted to register for classes in any semester without first meeting with their
assigned faculty advisor. Additionally, advisors in the School’s Office of Academic Programs provide professional advisement to undergraduates in a wide range of areas including academic options and personal issues.
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major can be a daunting task but it does not need to be. There is a general approach that can be useful. The first step is to define a list of options: those majors of possible interest. This can also be achieved by eliminating those majors in which he or she has absolutely no interest. Once the list of possibilities has been winnowed, a student then needs to plan a program that keeps all of his or her academic options open for as long as possible. This is easy to do for the first year, but gets increasingly difficult over time. Students should be sure to meet with the undergraduate chair for each of any possible majors. Each year at pre-registration time, the school offers seminars on choosing a major as well as choosing a career.
Course Planning Guides
The Course Planning Guide is an online electronic worksheet and a planning document. It is designed for keeping track of courses and requirements. It also provides a convenient way to plan an academic program.  The specific course requirements for the BSE and BAS majors are shown on the Course Planning Guides. In designing a curriculum, the student completes a Course Planning Guide, available online through Penn-in-Touch, in consultation with his or her advisor. The completed Course Planning Guide shows the courses that have been elected and indicates how the required and elective courses will be taken semester by semester. In this process, the student should keep in mind that each course unit requires a total effort of around eight to twelve hours per week for class, laboratory, research and study. The first Course Planning Guide is prepared during the first semester of the freshman year and modified and updated throughout the student’s career.
Academic Rules and Regulations
The School of Engineering and Applied Science provides an online Undergraduate Student Handbook of all the rules and regulations engineering undergraduates are expected to follow. This information is available at http://www.seas.upenn.edu/ugrad/.