Pre-College: Computer Engineering

At the heart of the technological revolution, computer engineers continue to dramatically change and improve how the world functions. From the development of the latest smartphones to life-saving medical devices, computer engineers rely on a wide spectrum of computer science and engineering knowledge.

Prerequisites

Students must have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year* of high school in order to enroll in a Pre-College Program. See Admissions Information for additional details.

*Students MUST be within 18  months of their graduation date at the start of the program to be eligible for the Pre-College Program.

Location

All Pre-College Program classes are held at DigiPen's campus in Redmond, WA (9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond WA, 98052). 

Program Details

Courses

Students in this track take the following courses:

  • Electronics and Embedded Systems (EE) allows students to build a variety of digital devices through which they learn how engineers use electronics and computer science theory to train embedded processors to perform a wide variety of tasks. Study will include high-level concepts like coordinate systems, matrix operations, analog and digital signal processing, and electromagnetic waves.
  • Applied Computer Science (CS) introduces students to the fundamentals of programming, including control flows and basic data types. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these concepts by programming basic games.
  • Applied Math (MAT) covers a number of important math concepts, including linear equations, matrices, vectors, and trigonometry.
  • The Project Lab (L) lets students work in teams to design and build a device that utilizes an embedded processor.

Admissions Information

In addition to the other application materials, students must have completed Algebra 2 in high school.

TO APPLY TO THE COMPUTER ENGINEERING TRACK, STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS:
  • The online application form and a non-refundable $50 application fee.  Application fees can be submitted via check to DigiPen Institute of Technology (9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052) or by phone at 425-629-5007.
  • An official high school transcript that includes a list of all completed courses and grades earned. Applicants to the Computer Engineering track must have completed Algebra 2 in high school.
  • A Statement of Purpose that discusses your reasons for applying to the Pre-College Program and how these reasons relate to your personal, educational, and/or professional goals.
    • Formatting Guidelines: Electronic submissions must include the applicant’s name and the program to which he or she is applying at the top of each page, and the date of submission on the last page. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than two pages. Please upload as a pdf. or word doc. within the online application form.
  • An optional letter of recommendation from a teacher in the student’s subject area of interest. Letters of recommendation from family members or friends will not be considered.
Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2016

The Pre-College Program meets every Monday through Friday from July 5 to July 29, 2016.

TIME MON TUE WED THUR FRI
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EE EE EE EE MATL
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. MAT CS MAT CS CSL
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Project Lab Project Lab Project Lab Project Lab Project Lab
  • EE: Electronics and Embedded Systems
  • CS: Applied Computer Science
  • CSL: Applied Computer Science Lab
  • MAT: Applied Math
  • MATL: Applied Math Lab

Tuition

$2,699 per four-week session, including a $50 non-refundable application fee. If admitted, students must submit a $549 non-refundable deposit within 10 business days of the date they are notified to secure their place in the program. The remaining balance of $2,100 is due by June 15, 2016.

Course materials are provided to students at no additional cost.

DigiPen's ProjectFUN offers workshops, camps and college prep courses for kids and teens. Technology courses are held in Redmond, WA (near Seattle and Bellevue), and online.