Senior Year Information
Be Prepared for Graduation and the Start of Your Career
During your senior year, you are setting up the transition to the start of your professional life. Your academic record should reflect the skill and performance level you have achieved. A reasonable course load will allow you time to sit for professional exams, work, attend career fairs, go to interviews, plant visits, create distinction projects, seek references, apply to graduate school, and fully contribute in your design capstone courses as you continue to build your GPA.
- Undergraduate Applications to Graduate - The application for a baccalaureate degree is due one year before the intended semester of graduation. Scheduling priority for graduating seniors is only given to students with an approved graduation application on file with the ECE Advising Office. With live registration, it is important that the applications be turned in early even if changes must be made later. For more information see the graduation information for students in the College of Engineering.
To submit your application to the ECE Department
- Set an appointment with Susan Noble online at eceadvisors.lattiss.com. Susanwill audit your record, post your application status on SIS, and forward your application to the College of Engineering office.
- Print a graduation packet or pick one up outside Room 227 Dreese Labs.
- Print a copy of your Degree Audit Report (DARS) through Buckeye Link, carefully check it for accuracy, and bring it with you to your appointment.
- If you cannot meet with Susan, call her to make a phone appointment. You can scan your forms and send them to Susan Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you need to change courses or your graduation date, set up an appointment with Susan Noble to assure that your new plan will meet all programmatic requirements for the degree.
Additional recommended steps
Engineering Career Services - If you are not
registered with Engineering
Career Services, do so now. Registering enables you to take
advantage of helpful resources such as on-campus interviews and online
job postings specifically
for OSU students. Their services also include resume referral, job search and
reviews, help with job search letters, help with your job search strategy, interview coaching, and just about any
other career-related concern). View their events calendar for news of
upcoming career fairs, workshops and special events.
You may choose to take The FE Exam (Fundamentals of
Engineering), the first step toward your licensure
as a professional engineer. It is offered in October and April.
Because the exam covers topics you are studying as an
undergraduate in engineering, the best time to prepare for and
sit for the FE Exam is during your senior year. While this exam
is usually taken by civil and mechanical engineers, electrical
engineering students in some areas such as power may find that
taking this exam can help obtain important credentials and
enhance one's salary. Preparation
help and review sessions are available.
Final Transcripts - Order
two official transcripts your last semester and request
that the Registrar’s Office send them to you in separate
envelopes after your final grades and degree
are posted. You will have one for yourself and one for your
employer. Note that your major GPA does not
appear on your transcript, but it does appear on your degree
audit. We recommend you print a copy of your final degree audit
as access to Buckeye
Link expires six months after graduation.
International Students - The Office of International Affairs (100
Oxley Hall) can help students determine if they are eligible to
work in the United States after graduation.
- Graduate School - If you plan to continue your studies in the ECE department, think about faculty members who could be your advisor in the graduate program. Setting up an appointment with faculty during your last year could help answer your questions regarding admissibility and may help you develop an admission strategy. During these visits, ask about fellowships, the BS/MS program, undergraduate distinction projects and funding. Students interested in other programs at Ohio State can find program information and more online from the graduate admissions website.