Academic Excellence

NSBE Academic Excellence fosters scholastic achievement and empowers future leaders in engineering and STEM.


NSBE’s Academic Retention Program aims to enhance the graduation rates and academic confidence of Black engineering students through four targeted focus areas.

This program caters to all collegiate students spanning from freshmen to senior year. Each stage of this four-component program is dedicated to advancing students’ careers and academic performance. Beginning with ensuring successful matriculation into STEM majors, it culminates in facilitating professional mentorships to secure STEM-related job opportunities.

Technical and Professional Skills Workshop

  • Relevant Professional Development
    (i.e., resume editing, interview skills, professional writing, and networking)
  • Increased knowledge of the professional environment.
  • Improved efficiency in internships and research opportunities.

Mentorship Relationships

  • Better course planning.
  • Increased knowledge of academic career building opportunities.
  • Better knowledge of academic resources.

Study Hall

  • Increased homework and higher test scores.
  • Better retention of material long-term.
  • Improved efficiency in internships and research opportunities.

Semester Check-in Workshops

  • Better study and time management skills.
  • Better project management skills.
  • Stress management.
  • Improved efficiency in internships and research opportunities.

Mental Health Awareness Workshops

  • Increased awareness of the mental health continuum.
  • Reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Promoting help-seeking behaviors and emotional well-being practices.


Minority Engineering Programs/Academic Affairs Director

Involvement of your school’s minority engineering programs (MEP) director and/or academic affairs director will be an essential factor in the successful implementation of the Academic Retention Program. An Institution’s MEP/academic affairs director is key to understanding the performance of Black engineering students, understanding their performance metrics, and providing supportive resources for program execution. If your institution does not have an MEP director, NSBE can help you identify appropriate resources in your institution.

Program Registration

A chapter must register each year of participation in the NSBE Academic Retention Program. This ensures that the flow of information may occur through NSBE’s chapter, regional, and national leadership by maintaining updated contact information. Returning chapters and chapters new to the program can complete the sign-up by Sept. 26 of the current year to remain active. After Dec. 31, that chapter will be considered inactive until the registration is completed.
To participate in the Graduate Retention Program, there is a section on the
form where you can indicate that your chapter will participate

National Academic Excellence Committee

The National Academic Excellence chair is the primary contact for thedevelopment and implementation of the NSBE Academic Retention Program.The National Academic Excellence (AEx) Committee is committed to helping you begin, maintain, and develop the NSBE Academic Retention Program at your chapter. Throughout the year, the National AEx Committee will be working to develop resources, collect data, and gather feedback to make the program as effective as possible.
Please note that this committee includes your regional Academic Excellence chair. If you have any questions regarding program implementation, please contact your regional Programs or Academic Excellence chair directly. You may also contact the National AEx chair at

Please write to for enquiries.

Black Excellence Engineered

We envision a world in which engineering is a mainstream word in homes and communities of color, and all Black students can envision themselves as engineers. In this world, Blacks exceed parity in entering engineering fields, earning degrees, and succeeding professionally.
The NSBE membership year spans August 1 – July 31.
The membership fee is nonrefundable. By submitting your membership application, you acknowledge that the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) World Headquarters office is not liable for the collection or refund of any chapter-related fees. These additional fees may include chapter dues and/or tuition.

If you have any questions, please contact NSBE's Membership and Registration team at