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Apply to the Engineering Professional Program

The new admission process is in effect for entry in summer 2015 and later.  Under the new process, a set of minimum GPAs (one for each engineering major) will be released every August, and will be effective one year ahead.  For example, minimum GPAs released in August 2014 will be effective for applying to the professional program for summer 2015, fall 2015, and winter 2016.  GPA’s released in August 2015 will be effective for applying to enter the professional program in summer 2016, fall 2016, and winter 2017.  All students achieving the minimum Pre-Core GPA for a program will be guaranteed admission during that year.  This will benefit students by providing a full year to complete Pre-Core courses and achieve the minimum known GPA, and by allowing students to apply and move into the professional program for summer, fall, or winter term. apply

Application Deadlines:  

  • Summer Term Applications are open from April 13th through May3rd (11:59pm).
    • If you are taking classes outside of OSU, complete all steps except the final transcript upload.  Between June 11 & June 18 you will have the opportunity to upload a transcript with final grades.  A reminder email will be sent to you on June 11.
  • Fall Term Applications are open from June 22nd through July 12th.
  • Winter Term Applications are open from September 28th through October 18th.

Minimum qualifications to apply to the professional program:

  • Students must be admitted to OSU and in good academic standing with the University.  Students on academic probation or suspension with OSU are not eligible to apply for, or be admitted to, the Professional Program.
  • Pre-Engineering Core (Pre-Core) GPA must be at least 2.25 to apply for admission to any program.  Each major will have an established minimum GPA for admission to their program.  The minimum GPA will never be lower than 2.25. Many majors will require a higher GPA.
  • All Pre-Core courses must be completed with a C or better before the beginning of the term of admission to the Professional Program.  Grades of C- or lower are not acceptable in Pre-Core courses.   S/U grading is not acceptable for Pre-Core courses.

Pre-Core GPA Calculation:

Applicants will be evaluated on their GPA in the Pre-Core classes for their major. Course lists are available here, and a Pre-Core GPA Tracking tool can be utilized.  Students are encouraged to work with their Academic Advisor to plan for timely completion of Pre-Core courses.

  • The College follows University policy on repeated coursework (effective Fall, 2008).  Courses may be repeated once for grade replacement.  Both grades will appear on the academic record, but only the second grade will be counted in the cumulative GPA and toward graduation requirements.  In the event that both the first and second attempt in a course result in grades of C- or lower, the course can be taken a third time.  The second grade will remain in the Pre-Core GPA, but the third attempt can count as “passing” the requirement if a grade of C or better is achieved.
  • Both OSU and transfer course grades will be included in the Pre-Core GPA calculation.
  • All Pre-Core courses must be taken for a letter grade.  Grades of P are only acceptable for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
  • Please note that the Pre-Core courses vary from major to major.  It is the responsibility of the student to complete the correct Pre-Core courses for the major to which they apply.  

Minimum GPA’s for Guaranteed Admission in summer 2015, fall 2015, and winter 2016

Major

Minimum Pre-Core GPA

Bioengineering

2.900

Chemical Engineering

2.900

Civil Engineering

2.800

Computer Science

2.900

Construction Engineering Management

2.450

Ecological Engineering

2.500

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2.800

Energy Systems Engineering

2.250

Environmental Engineering

2.900

Industrial Engineering

2.750

Manufacturing Engineering

2.750

Mechanical Engineering

2.900

Nuclear Engineering

2.450

Radiation Health Physics

2.450

Application Process

  • A minimum GPA will be established for admission to each major, and that GPA will be effective for three terms (summer, fall, and winter).  All students obtaining a Pre-Core GPA at or above the minimum are guaranteed admission to the professional program in that major.  The minimum GPA will be announced every August and will be effective one year ahead giving students at least three terms to complete the necessary courses and obtain the minimum GPA.
    *In programs that have fewer applicants than capacity, applicants with a pre-core GPA lower than the published guaranteed GPA possibly may be accepted. In the past three years, this has included the majors of Construction Engineering Management, Ecological Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Radiation Health Physics.
  • Applicants will submit an online application form during the term prior to their desired term of entry (see table below).  Students can move into the Professional Program in summer, fall, or winter term, but not spring term (due to a lack of processing time between winter and spring quarters).
  • All Pre-Core courses must be complete by the end of the term in which you are applying to the professional program.  For example, students wishing to enter the professional program in fall 2015 will submit an application during summer 2015, and must complete all Pre-Core courses by the end of summer 2015 to be eligible for admission.
  •  Late applications are not allowed, and will not be considered for admission. 

Minimum GPA announced…

Apply During…

To enter Pro-School in…

August 2014

Spring 2015

Summer 2015

 

Summer 2015

Fall 2015

 

Fall 2015

Winter 2016

August 2015

Spring 2016

Summer 2016

 

Summer 2016

Fall 2016

 

Fall 2016

Winter 2017

August 2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

 

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

 

Fall 2017

Winter 2018

Applicants should be aware that certain courses in the professional program are only offered during certain terms. Students should plan their best term of entry with their academic advisors to ensure an efficient use of time and resources.

If a student applies and is granted admission, they should be aware that pro-engineering tuition rates will be charged even if the student is not registered for a professional level course.

Adding or Changing Engineering Majors in the Professional Program

Students currently in the Professional program may petition to add an additional engineering major or to change their engineering major.  

  • The student must meet all of the qualifications for admission to the professional program in the new major (e.g. required Pre-Core courses, Pre-Core GPA above the minimum for the year of entry)
  • Approval is at the discretion of the Advisor of the new major and can be based on many factors including capacity.
  • This process can be completed using the College of Engineering’s online petition.

FAQ's for Applying to the Engineering Professional Program
(Su'15 and later)

When will my application be processsed and notification sent out?

Applications will be available weeks 1-3 of the term prior to your desired entry.  Application decisions will not be made until grades from the application term are available, usually the week after final exams conclude.  Admission decisions will be communicated via email shortly after grades are received. 

I missed the application deadline.  Can I apply late?

No.  Late applications are not accepted.  If you miss the application window, you will have to apply at the next opportunity.  

Is there anything more I need to do to have my application reviewed?

Verify that your application information is up to date (see below).  If your application information is not up to date by the end of the application window, we will not review your application, and you will not be admitted.
Your application information is up to date if it meets the following criteria.  In addition to coursework taken at OSU, we must have records of

  • All transfer coursework
  • All college credit earned in high school
  • All AP/IB/CLEP scores
  • Most recent (or current) enrollment at transfer institutions
  • Final grades from transfer institutions

 

Prior to the application deadline you should verify that your transcripts are up to date by viewing your OSU Advanced Standing Report and Student Academic Transcript in `My OSU`.

If your transcript is not complete, please upload a copy of your (unofficial) transcripts/test scores through the COE online application system.  These documents should be screen shots from an institutional website (similar to OSU’s Online Services) and must be uploaded as PDFs.  Your application will not be reviewed and you will not be admitted if coursework, including in-progress courses, is not available online or in an attached PDF (note – you need not upload records of your OSU coursework).  Please make sure that you also have official copies of your transcripts sent to the OSU Admissions Office if you do not see them in OSU Online Services.

I will be taking Pre-Core courses outside OSU during the term in which I'm applying.  What should I do?

By the application deadline, you must upload a PDF of your current term courses to the COE online application system.  These documents should be screen shots from an institutional website (similar to OSU’s Online Services) and must be uploaded as PDFs.  When final grades for the term are available, applicants should upload a new PDF of the transcripts which include grades. 

Your admission decision will be based solely on documentation in the COE online application system so please ensure it is complete.

What happens after my application has been reviewed?

Applications will not be considered until final grades for the term are available (usually the week after final exams conclude).  If your final Pre-Core GPA is at or above the minimum for your intended major, you will be admitted to the professional program for the following term.  If your GPA is below the minimum, you will not be admitted.  Admission decisions will be communicated via email from the academic advisor in your major. 

If you are admitted, COE will coordinate with the Registrar to change your major to the professional level.  This usually takes 24-48 hours from the time you were notified of admission, and the change will be reflected in your MyDegrees.  Once your major has been changed to the professional level you will be able to register for pro courses for the upcoming term.  Space in pro courses may be limited so applicants should not delay their registration.

If you are not admitted, you will remain in the pre-engineering program.  Applicants who anticipate being very close to the GPA cut-off (with the potential of not being admitted) should carefully plan their coursework for the subsequent term with their academic advisor. 

When will I be able to register for pro courses?

If you are admitted, COE will coordinate with the Registrar to change your major to the professional level.  This usually takes 24-48 hours from the time you were notified of admission, and the change will be reflected in your MyDegrees.  Once your major has been changed to the professional level you will be able to register for pro courses for the upcoming term.  Space in pro courses may be limited or unavailable so applicants should not delay their registration. 

I'm a Post-Bacc student.  what do I need to do?

As noted for transfer students, Post-Bacc students will first need to be admitted to a Pre-Engineering major at Oregon State University (Post-Bacc application information).  Because they will not be articulated by the OSU Admissions Office or visible to COE staff, Post-Bacc applicants will also need to upload PDFs of all transcripts to the COE Online Application.  

What should I do if I am not admitted?

If you did not achieve the minimum GPA for your desired major and weren’t admitted to the professional program, you should consult your academic advisor for next steps.  In some cases, students may retake pre-core courses to improve their GPA, or take pre-core courses to be eligible to apply to a different major.