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The Research and Instructional Strategies for Engineering Retention (RISER) Living & Learning Community is sponsored by the College of Engineering. RISER is integral in assisting engineering students with their successful progression to completing an engineering degree.

Transitioning to college-level coursework can be demanding for any student, especially for students who enroll in math and science courses their first semester. RISER is centered on the application of supplemental academic support services. This intentional focus on academic success not only strengthens a student’s competency, it most importantly increases their overall confidence in their academic performance. This develops a stronger sense of accomplishment and engagement with the College of Engineering, ultimately reinforcing their desire to pursue an engineering degree.

RISER members will reside together on a residence hall floor with other engineering students and enroll in the same specific sections of Math 130, promoting peer study groups and creating a support system both inside and outside of the classroom.

Community Requirements

The RISER LLC is open to first-year students who have been admitted to the College of Engineering and will be enrolled in Math 130: Pre-Calculus, during the fall semester. Students can visit the Math Placement website to better identify their math eligibility.


College of Engineering
RISER Program
Elizabeth Ferguson, Coordinator
Phone: 865-974-9245


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