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About CoRe

CoRe's mission is to help first-year engineering students succeed. Your success, as well as your health and safety are the upmost importance to us!


Welcome to the CoRe Experience

CoRe seeks to demonstrate to students the importance of engineering and the positive impact that engineers make on society and the world around them. Along with community and corporate partners, we bring real-world expertise and challenges into the classroom and residential environment, reinforcing the relevance of studies in engineering to solving global challenges.

Our Mission:

  • To provide early engineering students with unmatched learning opportunities within a supportive community that encourages academic, professional and personal achievement
  • To foster life-enriching connections between students and their peers, faculty members, advisors, and corporate representatives
  • To cultivate students' skills that encourage lifelong learning
  • To demonstrate to the students the critical roles of engineers in contributing to society

Find out more about CoRe in the Annual Report:

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Incoming Students Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs Fall 2021

What is CoRe?

MSU Cornerstone Engineering and Residential Experience provides academic and co-curricular activities for first-year engineering students and is aimed at building the whole engineer.

How do I sign up for CoRe?

All incoming first-year students, who declare an engineering major preference, are automatically part of the First-Year Engineering CoRe Experience.

Where will I live?

CoRe offers residential housing for engineering students in South Neighborhood. First-year engineering students who choose to LIVE and LEARN within the Living-Learning Community (LLC) are housed in either Wilson or Wonders Hall, with other engineering students. To reside in those spaces, you will need to be a first-year student with a declared engineering major. At this time, our housing is for engineering students only.  Learn more about South Neighborhood here: liveon.msu.edu/neighborhoods

Is it a requirement to LIVE in the CoRe LLC?

While residing in the First-Year Engineering Living-Learning Community is recommended, it is not a requirement. Students may choose to live anywhere on campus and still take advantage of CoRe resources and participate in our programs and events.

What are the benefits of residing in the CoRe LLC?

CoRe works to create a sense of community for engineering students who live and learn together in South Neighborhood. We want students to grow by experience the interesting, diverse and vibrant community of first-year engineers. The living-learning environment also fascilitates social connections that broaden students' Spartan Experience.

Can I live with a non-engineering roommate?

If you elect to reside with a roommate who has not designated an engineering major, you will need to request to opt out of living in CoRe Residential Housing.

Do you have an Honors Floor?

First-Year Enginering Honors Students have the option of living on a designated Honors Floor, with other Engineering Honors Students, in Wilson Hall. Students who wish to live on a different HC floor, outside of CoRe, will need to request to opt out of CoRe Residential Housing. Honors housing questions, ouside of CoRe, can be directed to honors@msu.edu

How do I opt out of living in the CoRe LLC?

Students may request to opt out of living in CoRe Residential Housing by sending an email request to: CoRe@egr.msu.edu  For identification purposes, students will need to provide their name and either their student ID (APID), or send the request from their MSU email account.



For more information about the housing sign up process, visit: https://liveon.msu.edu/new-sign-up-process

For additional information or questions, please contact our office at (517) 355-6616, ext. 2

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Academic Program

CoRe’s primary goal is that our students are engaged and succeed in the classroom. Fall 2020 has brought a new learning experience for everyone. With the current suspension of face-to-face classroom instruction at Michigan State University, as well as all other in person support services, we are working to ensure your resources are available remotely.
Two CoRe students studying together in the South Neighborhood.

CoRe students studying together in the South Neighborhood.

CoRe Courses

CoRe’s academic program is based on the principle that engagement in meaningful engineering experiences early in students’ undergraduate careers supports their success and persistence to graduation. Through our courses, EGR 100: Introduction to Engineering Design and EGR 102: Introduction to Engineering Modeling, we strive to engage students across the disciplines in team-based projects that pique their interest and give them a window into what professional engineering really is.

EGR 100: Introduction to Engineering Design

Introduction to Engineering Design engages students in multiple hands-on, team-based design experiences leading to tangible deliverables. Students in EGR 100 begin interdisciplinary, team-based work from their first day of class. During Fall 2020, it has become necessary to develop team-based design experiences in a virtual format. Dr. Morgan has worked to create projects that promote a fun virtual experience, while satisfying the intented objectives of the course.

EGR 102: Introduction to Engineering Modeling

Introduction to Engineering Modeling provides an introduction to engineering problem solving and numerical modeling. The course focuses on advanced applications of Excel and structured programming in MATLAB. Instructor, Jason Smith has made an exerted effort to create a fun and effective virtual learning exprience for his students this year. 

CoRe Tutoring  

CoRe offers free tutoring in the following subjects:

PHY 183- Physics I

PHY 184- Physics II

MTH 132- Calculus I

MTH 133- Calculus II

MTH 234- Calculus III

MTH 235- Differential Equations

CEM 141- General Chemistry

*Tutoring will resume for Fall 2021, the second week of September. Specific details will be posted at a later date.*

CoRe tutors are undergraduate engineering students with excellent academic records. First-Year students find CoRe tutoring to be helpful and beneficial to their academic success.



CoRe Advising

Effective immediately, all academic advising for the College of Engineering will be available via virtual advising, by Zoom video or phone.

Please set up an appointment to meet with your advisor through the new advising appointment system by visiting https://student.msu.edu. Before using this system, you will need to make sure you are registered for two-factor authentication (2FA). If you have not already registered, you will be prompted to do so before logging in.

To set up an appointment:

1. Click on the Academic Progress tile

2. Select Academic/Tutoring Appointments on the left.

3. Select Create New Appointment on the top right.

4. On the "Create New Appointment" page, select the Advising category, then within the Advising/Tutoring Unit, select College of Engineering Advising.

5. Select Appointment Reason, then enter the appropriate reason code or search by major/minor. Enter the reason for appointment.

6. Select Appointment type: Zoom Appointment, or other types of appointments if the advisor enables.

7. Select Advisor and then select a date and time that works with your schedule.

8. Click on Book It to complete the process. You will receive an email with an appointment confirmation and calendar invite.

To view or cancel your appointment:

1. Select the Academic Progress tile, select the Advising/Tutoring Appointments on the left.

2. To view more details or to cancel an appointment, click Select Appointment next to any appointment.

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If you need assistance please email your advisor with any questions. For further academic advising information, please visit: Academic Advising for Undergraduate Engineering First Year Students

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Professional Development

CoRe wants students to know where they’re going next…
The student is riding a motorized bicycle during the Bosch rededication, 2016.

The student is riding a motorized bicycle during the Bosch rededication, 2016.

Corporate Partners

The CoRe Experience benefits from a strong connection to industry, giving students insight on engineering in the "real world". Building connections with our corporate partners helps CoRe students visualize the impact they can make in their careers. Our partners also support "theme floors" that teach students about 21st-century engineering practice, while providing collaborative spaces where students can work and play together.

Theme Partners

Bosch LogoConsumers Energy Logo
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Career Opportunities

The CoRe Experience benefits from a strong partnership with the Center for Spartan Engineering. Through this partnership, CoRe students are prepared to network with engineering recruiters interested in hiring interns and co-ops. Students are taught how to build professional resumes, prepare for career workshops and job fairs, and how to get the most out of experiential education opportunities.

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Personal Connections

We want you happy while you’re here.

CoRe students hanging out in the South Neighborhood.


CoRe works to create a sense of community for engineering students who live and learn together in South Neighborhood. It is important that students understand that these are not just classmates but also their friends. We want students to grow by experiencing the interesting, diverse, vibrant community of first-year engineers. The living-learning environment also facilitates social connections that broaden students’ Spartan experience.

Peer Leaders

CoRe Peer Leaders are upperclass engineering students live with CoRe students and serve as role models for success as engineering students. Through relationship building and group activities, Peer Leaders create a strong, connected support network that fosters academic, professional, and personal success for CoRe students.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be part of the First-Year Engineering CoRe Experience? There is no application process to be part of CoRe. All incoming first-year students, who declare an engineering major, are automatically considered part of CoRe.

Where is the Living Learning Community for CoRe students? First-Year Engineering students reside in South Neighborhood, in either Wilson or Wonders Hall.

Can my non-engineering roommate live with me in South Neighborhood? Due to space limitations, we are unable to accomodate non-engineering roommates. Students who wish to reside with a non-engineering roommate will need to request to opt-out of the CoRe Living Learning Community by sending an email with their name and student APID to CoRe@egr.msu.edu.

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Our People

Questions? Please call 517-355-6616x2 or email core@egr.msu.edu.

Timothy Hinds
Carmellia Davis-King
Co-Curricular Director
Aimee Reynolds
Support Staff
Debjani Sarkar
teaching specialist
Jenahvive K. Morgan
academic director
Jason Smith
teaching specialist
David Wolff
Project Labs Coordinator


Theme Partners

Project Partners

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