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Applying to the Engineering Professional Program

Student FAQ for Fall 2014 Professional Program Application Process

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only admitted degree seeking students are eligible for pro-school admission.

  1. When will my application be reviewed and notification sent out?
  2. I missed the July 1 deadline – Can I apply late?
  3. Is there anything more I need to do to have my application reviewed?
  4. I will be taking summer coursework and I want that considered. What should I do?
  5. What happens after my file has been reviewed?
  6. When will I be able to register for Fall term pro-school courses?
  7. I have been conditionally admitted. What does that mean?
  8. What does "Capacity Restricted Programs" mean and how does that affect me?
  9. I am not in a "Capacity Restricted Program". How does that affect me?
  10. What else can I do to improve my chances of admission?
  11. I am a Post-Bac student. What do I need to do?
  12. If I am rejected, what should I do?
  13. What is a 1st choice and 2nd choice major?
Please be sure to read and understand everything on this page before proceeding to application.

Q1: When will my application be reviewed and notification sent out?

ONLY applicants who have submitted ALL application materials by July 1 will be reviewed for admission.

We have two review cycles:

Review Cycle Start Date Notification Date
First Choice Majors July 1 July 18
2nd Choice Majors
(non-capacity restricted programs only)
July 20 August 1

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Q2: I missed the July 1 deadline – Can I apply late?

No – late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.  If your program is not Capacity Restricted, you may apply for winter term admittance (see Q8 for information on Capacity Restricted Programs).

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Q3: Is there anything more I need to do to have my application reviewed?

Verify that your documentation is up-to-date (see below).

If your documentation is not up-to-date by July 1 of the first review cycle, we will not review your application and you will not be admitted.

Up-to-date documentation we mean the following. 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 test scores
  • Spring and summer enrollment at transfer institutions
  • Spring grades at transfer institutions

Prior to July 1, you should:

  1. Verify that your transcripts are up-to-date.
    To verify whether or not your OSU transcript is complete, review your OSU Advance Standing Report and Student Academic Transcript at OSU Online Student Services: http://oregonstate.edu/students/onlineservices/ .

    If your transcript is not complete, please upload a copy of your (unofficial) transcripts/test scores through the COE Online Application System.  These documents need to be uploaded in PDF format and must be "screen prints" from an institutional website similar to the OSU online student services website.  Your application will not be reviewed and you will not be admitted if coursework, including Spring term, is not available online or in an attached PDF (note – you need not upload your OSU spring term courses).  Please make sure that you also have official copies of transcript data sent to the OSU Admissions office if you do not see it in OSU Online Student Services.
     
  2. Apply to OSU if you are not a current OSU student.
    If you are not yet admitted to OSU, you must apply and be admitted to the OSU as a degree seeking student before you can complete your COE Online Application. We will not review your application if you are not admitted to OSU for Fall term prior to July 1. Due to OSU admission application processing timelines, please have your OSU application submitted not later than May 1, 2014.

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Q4: I will be taking summer coursework and I want that considered. What should I do?

By July 1, you must upload a PDF of your Summer term schedule into the COE Online Application System if you wish to have your Summer term (OSU and non-OSU) coursework considered in the professional program application review process. These documents need to be uploaded in PDF format and must be "screen prints" from the institutional website where you will be taking the coursework (online student services for coursework here at OSU). 

NOTE:  A maximum of two pre-core courses (8 credits maximum) can be taken during the Summer. We will assume a "C" grade in any course that you are completing or repeating Summer term when computing your "pre-core" GPA for admission.

Your admission decision will be made based solely on documentation in the COE Online Application System, so please make sure it is complete.

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Q5: What happens after my file has been reviewed?

The following decisions are possible:

Admit –if you have completed all pre-core coursework, have met other requirements for admission to the professional program, and have an academic record that qualifies you for admission.

Conditional Admit – if you plan to take up to 8 credits of pre-core coursework during Summer term, have met all other requirements for admission to the professional program, and have an academic record that qualifies you for admission provided that you complete the remaining credits of pre-core coursework with "C" or better grades. NOTE:  We will assume a "C" grade in any course that you are completing or repeating Summer term when computing your admission "pre-core" GPA. 

Regrets– if you cannot qualify for admission to the professional programbased on your academic record, the remaining Summer term coursework that you communicated to your program Head Advisor in the COE Online Application System, or if your documentation is not complete as of July 1.

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Q6: When will I be able to register for Fall term pro-school coursework?

If you are fully admitted, you will be able to register for Fall term pro-coursework within (7) days of your admit notification. 

If you are conditionally admitted, you will be able to register for Fall term pro-coursework about a week after you sign and return a Conditional Admission Agreement that will be emailed to you with your conditional admission decision.  This agreement will need to be signed and electronically returned to: askengineering@oregonstate.edu .

If you are a transfer student who has never before attended OSU, you must first attend a START orientation session during Summer term.  You will receive your registration PIN during START.

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Q7:   I have been conditionally admitted. What does that mean?

If you receive notification that you have been conditionally admitted, you must read, sign and return a Conditional Admission Agreement to the College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs office in Batcheller 151 indicating that you accept the conditions of Conditional Admission. You may return this form in person, or electronically to: askengineering@oregonstate.edu .

You must agree to complete all of your remaining pre-core requirements by the end of the summer with "C" or better grades. You must also remain in good academic standing at OSU. 

If you do not meet these requirements, then you will be removed from all pro-school coursework and returned to the pre-professional program.

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Q8: What does "Capacity Restricted Programs" mean and how does that affect me?

"Capacity Restricted Programs" have more demand than they can meet given available resources.  "Capacity Restricted Programs" have admission pre-core GPA requirements above the minimum 2.25 pre-core GPA. 

Please note that ALL required pre-core coursework must be complete by the end of Summer term. 

Admission to these programs is determined by rank ordering all applicants by pre-core GPA.  The "capacity restricted admission GPA" is determined based on available resources.   Students with pre-core GPA above the capacity restricted admission GPA will be offered admission or "conditional admission."  The College of Engineering will assume a "C" grade when computing pre-core GPA for any coursework being completed in Summer term.  Please take this into account if you are considering a Summer term course.

Please note that the information provided below from the most recent admission cycle is for informational purposes only and should not be used as an indicator of the programs that will be capacity constrained in the future or the required GPA for future Pro-School admission.  First-year and sophomore level enrollments have increased significantly in the recent past and this trend will likely result in higher demand in all programs and higher admission GPAs.  If you have questions, please contact your advisor.

Admission GPA's above 2.25 are considered by the College of Engineering to be "capacity restricted".

 

  2010 2011 2012 2013
MAJOR CUTOFF CUTOFF CUTOFF CUTOFF
         
BioE 2.25 2.538 2.904 2.90
CE 2.87 2.376 2.776 2.734
CEM 2.34 2.423 2.27 2.25
ChE 2.25 2.538 2.904 2.90
CS 2.402 2.29 2.9 2.8
ECE 2.532 2.594 2.719 2.724
EcoE 2.25 2.25 2.25 2.25
EnvE 2.25 2.538 2.904 2.90
IE 2.25 2.568 2.32 2.496
ME 3.05 2.895 2.892 2.916**
MfgE 2.25 2.568 2.32 2.496
NE 2.25 2.25 2.25 2.32
RHP 2.25 2.25 2.25 2.32
ESE 2.25 2.25 2.25 2.25

** For the 2013 admit cycle, the Provost was able to secure additional funds to keep this number below a 3.0.  We expect an increase in the GPA cutoff for 2014.

 

Q9: I am not in a "Capacity Restricted Program".   How does that affect me?

There will be capacity for all qualified students in programs that are not capacity restricted. There may also be capacity for students who identified (or identify) those programs as second choices.

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Q10: What else can I do to improve my chance of admission?

Complete all of your pre-core coursework as early as possible.

Since we use the grade following the slash "I/grade" for OSU incompletes, you may wish to complete any incompletes you may have.

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Q11: I am a Post-Bac student.  What do I need to do?

As noted for transfer students, please upload in PDF format to the COE Online Application System any coursework that you do not see in Online

Student Services http://oregonstate.edu/students/onlineservices/ Contact your program Head Advisor directly if you have any questions about what may be needed PRIOR to July 1.

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Q12: If I am not admitted, what should I do?

If you were not admitted to a capacity-restricted program you may be eligible to apply to other non-capacity restricted majors within the College of Engineering during a future application cycle.  Contact your program Head Advisor to discuss possible options.

Please note that first choice majors have priority in the admission process.  Please consider a second choice major that is not in a capacity restricted program.

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Q13: What is a 1st choice and 2nd choice major?

Your primary major is considered your "1st choice" major.  You also have the option of selecting a "2nd choice" major. Note that a "2nd choice" major is optional and you should only put down a major that you intend to pursue if not admitted to your "1st choice" major.  If you are not selected for your 1st choice major you will be considered for your 2nd choice major on July 20 and notified by August 1 of the decision. It is always a good idea to have a backup plan ready if you are in a capacity restricted program.

You may only select a program that is non-capacity restricted for your 2nd choice majors as 1st choice majors have priority and will occupy all available seats in a capacity restricted program.

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