Below is a list of common questions we get from prospective students. If you have a question that is not listed here, feel free to email, and someone will get back to you!

What is the acceptance rate for the COE?

Using data since fall 2013, the average acceptance rate for COE is 83.4%, in comparison to an average of 79.5% for campus. This includes transfer, post-bacs, and readmitted students.

How many students are in the College of Engineering (COE) at Oregon State?

As of fall 2018, the COE had a total of 7,759 undergraduate students and 9,099 graduate students. This makes the COE at Oregon State the 11th largest engineering school in the country.

How large are the classes in COE?

It depends on the class. Usually, the classes that all engineering students need to take in their first two years (e.g., Math, Science, etc.) can be quite large. These can range from approximately 30-250 students. All of these courses, however, are usually accompanied by a recitation section that have approximately 20-40 students. During the recitation sections, students can bring their questions, or get additional help from the instructor.

Once students start taking upper level courses in their schools, class sizes can range from approximately 20-150 students, depending on the school.

What is the biggest major in the COE (by enrollment)?

The top five majors in the COE with respect to enrollment numbers are (in order of large to small):

  1. Computer Science (largest)
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Electrical & Computer Engineering
  4. Civil Engineering
  5. Chemical Engineering

What is the percentage of women and underrepresented students in the COE?

As of fall 2018, women made up 20.1% and 23.4% of the engineering undergraduate and graduate student body, respectively. Underrepresented students (includes American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) composed 10.2% of the COE undergraduate population. Specific breakdowns are below:

  • White = 58.1%
  • International = 11%
  • Asian = 10.9%
  • Hispanic = 8.4%
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native = 0.3%
  • Two or more races = 6.7%
  • Black = 1.34%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander = 0.2%

How many students are from in-state/out-of-state in the COE?

As of fall 2018, 70% of COE undergraduate students were Oregon residents. As mentioned above, 11% of COE undergraduate students are international students.

How common is it for students in the COE to declare a minor?

Very common! As of fall 2018, close to 15% of COE students had declared a minor. The most common minor among our students is the Business & Entrepreneurship minor.

How many students in engineering are also in the Honor’s College?

As of fall 2018, approximately 7.1% of COE students were in the Honor’s College. This is about 550 students total (note that the Honor’s College has close to 1,350 students).

Is it possible to be involved in research while you’re an undergraduate student?

Yes, very possible! You can even become involved in research as early as your freshman year. There are many programs on campus that help you get involved in research, such as the URSA Program and the STEM Leaders Program. Alternatively, you could also reach out to any faculty member to see if they’re hiring any undergraduate researchers in their lab.

How easy is it to transfer to other majors?

Very easy. Students at OSU are able to transfer to any major they’d like at mostly any time. However, we always recommend meeting with academic advisors (either a first-year advisor or a school-specific advisor) early on to make sure you understand the process and that you don’t lose too many credits when you transfer. 

Are there any academic resources available to engineering students?

Yes, there are many! Feel free to go to the list of Academic Resources