• Engineering Innovation is an undergraduate introductory engineering course that has been offered at Johns Hopkins University for over 10 years. This course is designed to help students develop the skills to think and problem solve like engineers.
  • The length of our program varies by site. Please check the site information on the website for the exact dates at the site of your choice. The program either runs 5 days per week for 4 weeks or 4 days per week for 5 weeks.


  • The tuition for this course is estimated to be $2,450 plus a $55 non refundable application fee. For international students there is also an additional $100 processing fee upon enrollment. The tuition covers all books and labs.

    Residential sites have an additional Residential Program Fee which covers the cost of room and board plus additional acitivities that take place in the evenings and on weekends.

  • Thanks to the support of our sponsors, limited need-based financial assistance is available for partial and full scholarships. The application for financial assistance with supporting documents must be submitted with the student application. Only completed application packets with supporting documents will be considered.

    We are not able to provide financial assistance to students interested in participating in a residential program.

  • There may be fees for parking at some locations.  Please see the site specific page for more information.

  • The Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus residential program costs an additional $3,350 (estimated) which includes room, meals, activities, and field trips. Residential students will have access to the library, athletic center, and rock climbing walls as well as the student infirmary. Computer labs are available in the residence halls.

    The Engineering Innovation students will be mixed in with the other high schools students participating in Pre-College programs at JHU. Room requests cannot be accepted. Space is limited to 85 residential students on the JHU Homewood campus.

    The CSU-Fullerton residential program costs an estimated additional $3,450 (estimated) which includes room, meals, activities, and field trips. Residential students will have access to the library and athletic center.

    There is no financial assistance available for the residential program fee. Spaces are reserved by payment in full after acceptance into the program.

Program Details

  • Yes! Students are eligible to receive a JHU transcript with 3 college credits if they complete the course with a final grade of an A or a B. Students receiving college credit should contact the JHU Office of the Registrar to request that a transcript be delivered to their home and/or institutions of their choice.

    To be eligible to receive an A or B in the course, students must have regular attendance, completed all labs and assignments, taken the weekly quizzes, and completed the take-home, open book final exam. The overall course grades are calculated using the following weights: 40% on final exam, 30% on weekly quizzes, 30% on homework and lab reports. Students not receiving an A or B in the course will receive a Certificate of Completion, but no college credit or transcript.

  • Only students who have completed the course with an A or B will have a transcript on file with the JHU Registrar’s Office. To request a transcript you will need your name, date of birth, social security number, phone number, and email address. Click here to go to the JHU Registrar’s Office website 
  • This is primarily a commuter program, but we do offer a residential option at the main Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore and at California State University – Fullerton. Residential students must be 15 and no older than 17 as of the first day of the course.

    At Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, the residential component is offered in conjunction with the School of Arts and Sciences Pre-College Summer Programs and Summer Discovery Summer Discovery provides a professional staff of residential supervisors and live-in assistants to supervise the students and provide a full schedule of after class activities. Transportation will be available both to and from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) only.

    At the CSU-Fullerton campus, the residential program will be administered by the CSU-Fullerton Office of Housing and Residence Life.

    An orientation guide and calendar of events will be available to residential students one month before the program starts.

  • The Campus Safety and Security Office works in concert with students, faculty, and staff toward ensuring their safety throughout the campus and neighboring communities.

    Campus Safety and Security provides escorts, security patrols, and other crime prevention services. For more information visit the Campus Safety and Security website.

    • 24-hour private security on campus
    • Campus-wide patrols, escort service, emergency phones, and interactive kiosks with instant access to security personnel
    • Residence hall activity monitored around the clock by Resident Assistants

Course Details

  • Yes, students need to have successfully completed Algebra II and Trigonometry, a lab science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and have knowledge of a spreadsheet application, such as Excel. We find motivated students completing their regular school courses with As and Bs to be most successful in this challenging course.
  • We recognize that many schools do not offer a course called trigonometry. To meet the trigonometry prerequisite students must be able to use the trigonometric functions and be comfortable using the law of sines and law of cosines.

    On the online application when asked if you have taken trigonometry, please select “Yes, as part of another course” from the pull-down menu. You will then be required to enter the name of the course where you learned to use trigonometric functions.

  • It is helpful to have PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores when evaluating a student’s application, but they are not required to be considered for the Engineering Innovation program. Please note on the application if the student has not taken any of these tests.
  • All of the instructors are appointed by JHU. Most instructors regularly teach at the university level or have a PhD. Local high school teachers and university graduate students also assist with the classes.
  • Class size will typically range from 18-24 students who will work in teams of three.
  • Students are required to attend scheduled classes and labs in order to qualify for college credit. However, should a student be required to be absent during the course, a written request must be made from his or her parent and/or legal guardian, followed by a discussion with the course instructor, as soon as possible. Please note: there is a maximum of 2 excused absences in this course to obtain an A or B. If the request is approved, the instructor will provide necessary arrangements for the student to complete assignments or tests before or after class and/or on weekends prior to the final day of class. It is up to the discretion of the site instructor and the Engineering Innovation Director to approve absences.

Registration Details

  • It is helpful to have PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores when evaluating a student’s application, but they are not required to be considered for the Engineering Innovation program. Please note on the application if the student has not taken any of these tests.
  • International students must obtain an F1 Visa to participate in Engineering Innovation. Once the student is accepted into Engineering Innovation, he/she will need to provide the Office of International Services at Homewood with a copy of their passport identification pages and a copy of a bank statement showing sufficient funds to support expenses for the Engineering Innovation program (US$5,900 ). The bank statement should be less than six months old, on bank letterhead, and include the account holder(s) name(s), account number(s), current balance, and date of issue as evidence of financial support for the program.

    International students must provide their TOEFL scores. Johns Hopkins prefers a score of 600 on the written test. The preferred sub-scores for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) are 26 (Reading), 26 (Listening), 22 (Writing), 25 (Speaking). A score of 670 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test waives the TOEFL requirement.

    Once the Office of International Services at Homewood receives these documents, they will prepare the forms required for the F1 visa application. If you want more information click here to go to the Office of International Services at Homewood website.

  • Residential Program Fees are non-refundable.

    Withdrawals received earlier than 3 weeks prior to the start of class will receive a 90% tuition reduction. Withdrawals received within 3 weeks prior to class and up until the Friday of the first week will receive a 50% tuition reduction. No refunds will be issued after the end of the first week of class. Refunds will be calculated based on the date the student’s parent submits a written statement of withdrawal to Engineering Innovation.

    No refund will be granted to students suspended or dismissed for disciplinary reasons. The Engineering Innovation program reserves the right to dismiss a student whose academic standing or general conduct is considered unsatisfactory.

  • Our staff schedules visits to local high schools at the request of teachers to present information about the Engineering Innovation program. If you would like someone to speak at your high school, please contact us at engineering-innovation@jhu.edu. Presentations can be customized to your request.

    Continue to explore the About EI section of the website.  The Course Materials page contains information about lab activities, student learn sheets and sample quizzes.

    We thank you for your interest in the Engineering Innovation program and look forward to receiving your application. If we have not answered your question above, please feel free to email us at engineering-innovation@jhu.edu.

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