The Division of Engineering Science provides comprehensive support to all students throughout their academic careers. Staff members, including designated Year 1 & 2 and Year 3 & 4 Counsellors, are eager to help students match their individual strengths and aspirations. In addition, members of faculty promote an open-door policy that fosters a student-centered culture in the program. Several activities run by both staff and faculty encourage students to candidly express their thoughts and opinions. These activities include (but are not limited to):
- Option Lunches where third and fourth year students get to discuss their programs with Option Chairs;
- Guided Engineering Academic Review Sessions (GEARS) where successful, and well-trained upper-year students use course material to assist first year students in developing effective problem solving, study skills, time management, and test preparation in a more informal environment. GEARS Leaders help students engage course content by leading weekly study group meetings during which students structure their study routine, share approaches, and develop study skills. GEARS Leaders support first year students to integrate how to learn (process of learning) with what to learn (course content).
- A mentorship program called NSight Mentors through which first year students get matched together with upper-year students to assist in the transition from high school to university;
- A weekly e-newsletter to inform students about events and opportunities;
- An online community blackboard group to ensure students are informed on issues academic and non-academic in nature; and
- Regular workshops and information sessions on career choices, graduate school, networking and job/graduate school application skills.