The Student Experience
Let’s start with some basic information about the College of Engineering (COE).
- Since fall 2013, the average acceptance rate for COE is 83.4%. This percentage includes transfer, post-bacs, and readmitted students.
- In fall 2018, the total COE undergraduate enrollment was 7,759 students (including OSU-Cascades, online, post-baccalaureate and non-degree undergraduates).
- As of fall 2018, approximately 7.1% of COE students were in the Honor’s College.
- 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.
New undergraduate students will enter the College of Engineering under a general engineering program. Many new students will come to orientation knowing what major they want to pursue and can start taking classes for that major. Others will take the opportunity to learn more about engineering emphases and explore multiple majors. By the end of their first year, students will choose the engineering major that best fits their interests and long-term career goals.
As they progress through the undergraduate experience, College of Engineering advisors are assigned to each student to ensure they are on track with their planned programs. If there are situations where students require additional assistance with coursework, both the university and the college have a variety of academic support services.
Health and Wellness
The transition to an undergraduate program can be difficult. Not only are there the physical challenges of new schedules, living in dorms, and proper eating, but students often encounter a variety of new experiences that may require support. Oregon State works to make sure that our students are supported in any way they need so as to make the college experience the most enjoyable and most rewarding that it can be.
Oregon State understands the importance and goals of any undergraduate program in the path to a successful career. We make career planning and preparation top priorities for all of our students. Whether your student wants to move into the private sector or embark on a path of academic research, the university has a variety of resources available.
Because the College of Engineering has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college at Oregon State and the career paths of our students are so specific, we offer additional services and opportunities that are unavailable elsewhere. We are especially proud of our alumni and Oregon industry efforts to provide a variety of internship opportunities for current students. With three college career fairs each year, many of our students graduate with job offers in hand.
There is so much more to the undergraduate experience than just classes and lab work. The College of Engineering supports dozens of engineering student organizations. There are also numerous university activities and events that students can enjoy.
Extracurricular choices may affect the length of time to graduation, but there are often unique rewards from each experience. For example, an international internship or the choice to study abroad may add time to the college plan. Even if students remain in Oregon, some internship opportunities can extend beyond summer. However, these experiences often result in a more professional graduate who can secure better opportunities when starting their job search.