Details and scheduling for the 2024 Program will be released in May

EMBARK: August 13-15, 2023

Benefits of Attending

  • Build community with other students of color.
  • Make friends with incoming engineering students.
  • Meet with departmental representatives and college advisors.
  • Attend fun social activities.
  • Avoid the hassle of move-in!
  • Free t-shirt!

Important Dates & Registration

The registration deadline is July 21, 2023. There is a capacity limit. A wait-list is generated once we reach that limit. Please contact with any questions.

EMBARK is available for no cost to all students who sign up before the registration deadline and fully participate with the program. This includes meals, housing, and activities throughout the EMBARK program. You also receive a cool t-shirt! MEP will work with housing to early move-in charges.


EMBARK starts at 3:00 PM on Sunday August 13th 2023. The detailed schedule will be available upon arrival. Participants are expected to fully participate with EMBARK from Sunday afternoon through the last activity on Tuesday afternoon (approx. 1pm). EMBARK is scheduled to end before other early move-in programs begin.

FAQs: Frequently asked questions

Who organizes EMBARK?

EMBARK is organized by the Morrill Engineering Program (MEP). EMBARK volunteers are past participants of EMBARK who have benefited from the program so much that they wanted to get involved to make sure that new students after them have a similar (or better!) experience.

Who can attend EMBARK?

Students supported by the MEP program are invited to participate. These include underrepresented minority students admitted to Grainger Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

What do we do at EMBARK?

The EMBARK program includes team-building, academic awareness, and networking activities with other students, advising staff, and corporate partners.

Can I participate in other activities while EMBARK is in session?

No. We find that this becomes disruptive since EMBARK has a design challenge that requires full participation from students. Note: You must attend all EMBARK activities to be credited for the early move-in costs.

When exactly can I move in?

You can move in any time after 12:00 PM on Sunday, August 13th. The EMBARK program check-in begins at 3:00pm. Please arrange for shopping, meals, and other plans to conclude before this time.

Does my residence hall know that I'm moving in early?

University Housing is prepared for any student to move in early, so they will not be surprised when you arrive. They will tell you that you will be charged for your move-in. Note that MEP will cover this cost. Names of students who register for EMBARK prior to July 21st will be given to campus housing as well as private certified housing. We recommend calling your hall's front desk the week before EMBARK to confirm that you will be arriving on August 13th. This can help you ensure that your room will be ready, keys will be available, and housing staff can show you what you need to do! General details about Early Arrival are found on the housing website:

I will live in private certified housing. Does my early move-in fee get waived?

MEP will cover the early move-in fees assessed by the Private Certified Housing residencies.

I live in town and will commute in the Fall. Can I still attend EMBARK?

Of course! You may wish to contact us to discuss evening activities.

I am in a Living Learning Community. Which program do I attend?

EMBARK will unlikely have a time conflict with LLC orientations so you have time to do both! Let us know if there are time conflicts you'd like to resolve.

I already registered to say I was attending EMBARK, but I marked something wrong. What do I do?

Don't worry. If you receive your email confirmation and realize that for some reason there has been a change in your registration, email with your name and the mistake, and we will help.