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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to many frequently asked questions below. If you need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us at eng-recruitment@osu.edu 

What is the Pre-Major Program?
All students enter the College of Engineering as a pre-major. Students interested in pursuing engineering at Ohio State indicate their engineering major of interest on their application. Applicants are reviewed holistically by Ohio State Undergraduate Admissions. All students entering Ohio State in the College of Engineering enroll in the Pre-Major Program, enabling students to explore our 14 majors through both their coursework and information sessions. As pre-majors, students will:

  • complete foundational coursework that includes the Fundamental of Engineering course sequence, calculus and, for most majors, physics and/or chemistry.
  • engage with faculty, academic advisors and peers to explore options, and learn how several engineering majors can lead to similar career outcomes.
  • select and apply to three majors of interest during the semester that eligibility courses are completed, which can occur during the second semester of enrollment or during the second year.

Applicants to the major program are evaluated on academic performance as demonstrated by their cumulative GPA, along with their response to three essay questions. Learn more about the Pre-Major Program.

When should I apply?
The admissions application opens on August 1st, and November 1st is the Priority Deadline.

High school seniors should submit their complete admission application by November 1, 2019 to be considered for the College of Engineering. Capacity within engineering fills quickly.

A complete application includes the Common or Coalition application, an official high school transcript, an official ACT or SAT score, and the application fee or fee waiver. Learn more about what you'll need to submit for a completed application. 

Who reviews my application? Who is admitted?     
All admissions applications are reviewed centrally by Ohio State Undergraduate Admissions, regardless of major. The College of Engineering does not review applications for admission to the university. Learn more information about admissions.

I am considering engineering as well as other majors.  What should I list on the application?
Apply to engineering! We encourage all students who are considering engineering along with other majors to start with us. It is easier to start in our program and change to another major than begin in a major outside of engineering because our capacity quickly fills.

How do I visit? Can I visit a specific department? 
If you are interested in a general campus visit and/or an engineering specific visit, go to campusvisit.osu.edu and select the date and time that works best with your schedule. We average four visit opportunities weekly, though they do quickly reach capacity. If you have already participated in an academic session, you have the option to sign-up for an engineering facility tour through the link above. Please note that our visit opportunities share the strengths and benefits of Buckeye Engineering broadly. We do not offer major specific visits and tours as all students enter our college as pre-majors.     

What scholarships are available?
November 1st is the priority deadline for students who are interested in applying to engineering at the Columbus campus. November 1st is also the priority deadline for larger university merit scholarships

The College of Engineering reserves the majority of our scholarship dollars for current students, who are engaged in their departments and have demonstrated academic success. We offer one-time competitive book-level scholarships ranging between $1,000-2,000 to entering freshmen. Learn more about the available scholarship opportunities.

If you have additional questions, please email: eng-recruitment@osu.edu.