Simpkins Family COMPASS Program

Two sections of COMPASS (ENGRG 1152) will be offered Fall 2024

Wednesdays: 8:40 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Thursday: 1:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

If you want to learn more about whether COMPASS is a good fit for you, feel free to email COMPASS Program Manager Dan Toronto at


Coaching and Mentoring for Professional and Student Success (COMPASS) will help you chart a course for your undergraduate years. Our goal is to help you thrive personally and professionally.

There are three components of the COMPASS experience:

  • The foundation of COMPASS is the 2-credit course ENGRG 1152: Coaching and Mentoring for Professional and Student Success, which may count as a faculty advisor-approved elective. You’ll learn critical thinking and decision-making tools so you can be intentional about which opportunities to seek and which to forego, based on your goals, values, and competing commitments. You’ll also get guidance on the professional skills of networking, time management, and communication.
  • Regular meetings with one of our Cornell Engineering alumni mentors give an experienced engineer’s perspective on the teamwork and leadership skills you should focus on now.
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  • Peer mentors help you practice professional skills as well as offer insight into the challenges and benefits of Cornell Engineering life.

COMPASS is not about finding a job or internship. Instead, we help you see the bigger picture by connecting you with your core values, sense of purpose, and aspirations. Then we’ll give you the tools to design your undergraduate years to achieve your goals.

Is COMPASS for me?

COMPASS is for engineering students early in their undergraduate career who want to be intentional about their personal and professional development.

COMPASS may be for you if you:

  • Want to expand your personal and professional network
  • Want to invest in teamwork and leadership skills development
  • Often sacrifice your physical and mental well-being just to keep up
  • Have trouble choosing among clubs, classes, and other activities that all sound interesting

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Ready to get started?

COMPASS is for early undergraduate students in the College of Engineering. Register for ENGRG 1152: Coaching and Mentoring for Professional and Student Success available spring and fall semesters. No permissions are required. For more information, contact COMPASS Program Manager Dan Toronto at

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