Second-Year Experience

Students' second year in the College of Science and Engineering is a pivotal time in their college experience. During this year, a student will apply for admission to the major and seek out learning abroad, involvement, and leadership opportunities.

Applying to your major

Most students are ready to apply to their major during their third semester at the University. Application decisions are based on a student’s technical GPA.

Learn more by talking to your CSE academic advisor.

CSE Second-Year Experience Living Learning Community

Located in Pioneer Hall, the CSE Second-Year Experience Living Learning Community is open to returning CSE second-year students.

The house offers students opportunities to experience science and engineering outside the classroom:

  • Specialized major and career development options
  • Direct access to student engagement opportunities
  • Specialized leadership development and training options
  • Experiential and project-based learning social programs

To learn more, visit the University's Living Learning Communities website or contact Ben Koch at


Many students complete internships the summer after their second year.

You can meet employers and find internship opportunities at the CSE Career Fair each fall and spring. Employers often host on-campus interviews following the career fairs.

The CSE Career Center staff can help you prepare for these opportunities through workshops, resume reviews, career counseling, and more. Learn more about the CSE Career Center.

Learning abroad

The second year of most CSE degree programs is usually the most flexible for adding a semester or summer learning abroad experience.

Specialty second-year options to London and Ireland are available as well as CSE Global Seminars during winter break and May Session. Find out more about learn abroad opportunities.

Student groups and leadership opportunities

Student groups can help you develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills - three areas that employers routinely look for in candidates in technical fields. There are more than 75 student groups in CSE, so you'll be sure to find one that fits your interests. Learn more about CSE student groups.

University Second-Year Experience Program

The University of Minnesota community is collectively working together to provide an enriching experience for all second-year students. You are encouraged to seek out assistance and support from specialty offices and programs around the entire University. Learn more about the University Second Year Experience Program.