Leadership Advantage

-Leadership Advantage is a student run, intensive four-day leadership seminar designed for incoming university students. The program is offered exclusively to students in engineering, architecture, and the technical sciences with a high school record of leadership and academic excellence.

-The program allows students to develop their leadership skills and knowledge about opportunities at college before they are fully engaged in the rigors of college life. Teambuilding exercises, hand-on design projects, and student bonding enhance leadership abilities. The program allows for students to adjust to this new stage in their life along with their fellow Spartan Engineers.


-Application for the 2016 program opens May 9th and closes July 1st.

-The 2016 program begins Wednesday, August 24th and ends Saturday, August 27th.

Focuses of the Program

-Developing personal leadership and communication skills that are critical to engineering success.

-Teaching awareness of leadership opportunities and engineering resources available on campus.

-Enhancing teamwork skills through design projects and exercises, providing great student bonding opportunities.

Program Includes...

-Project Design Competitions, Teambuilding, and Leadership Exercises

-Campus Scavenger Hunt, Cyclotron Tour, and Dairy Store Ice Cream!

-Resume Building Workshop along with varying Evening Activities

-Early move in to the dorms (avoid the crazy rush of move in day!)

-Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided each day

-End of Program Banquet

Project Design Competitions

-The program at Michigan State University consists of four competition based design projects/challenges. Participants are grouped into small teams ranging from five to nine students led by two older student facilitators. Students must work together to overcome limited time and resources to complete the project. Facilitators guide the participants through design challenges and teamwork struggles.


-Incoming students are selected to participate in Leadership Advantage through an application process. The application can be found on our website in the above tabs.

-To be considered for the program, one must be an incoming MSU freshman studying engineering, architecture, or the technical sciences.

-There is a program fee to cover the costs in excess of those covered by the university or by sponsors. Payment information will be sent out to accepted participants.

Cyclotron Tour

Teambuilding Exercises

Design Competitions