Admission Requirements

High School Preparation

Preparation for an engineering career should begin in high school. Math and science courses are the most important, since they will provide the basis for understanding and using technical information. Students must also be able to write and speak well. Also, students should be well-rounded in history, cultural arts and current events to help them understand the needs of people everywhere. Classes in keyboarding, engineering drawing or graphics and programming are also helpful.

Applying to Ohio State

Ohio State’s office of admissions is the primary resource for the application process and handles direct enrollment for undergraduate students into the College of Engineering.

Direct enrollment of New First Year Students (NFYS) to the College of Engineering is competitive and requirements are designed to identify students who are prepared for the rigors of engineering study. Factors considered include ACT/SAT scores (emphasis on math), strong college prep curriculum (emphasis on math, science and rigorous courses), and class rank or GPA. The middle 50% of directly enrolled students for autumn 2012 had an ACT score range of 27-31 and 90% were in the top 25% of their high school classes. Students not eligible to directly enroll in the College of Engineering may enroll in Science and Technology Exploration (this applies to domestic students only).

Admitted students enroll as pre-majors and apply to enter the major when pre-requisite coursework has been completed.

For general information for Ohio State future students, visit:

The most current university admission information and criteria for first-year students is available at International first-year students should also visit for admissions information.

International new first-year students: Admitted international first-year students must meet the direct enrollment criteria.

Applying to the ECE Major

Step 1: Successfully Complete the ECE Pre-Major Requirements
Any student seeking the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering must apply for acceptance into the degree program. A student becomes eligible to apply at the beginning of the semester in which that student will complete the following ECE pre-major requirements. If you are unsure if you have the requirements needed to enter into the major please meet with an academic advisor.

Electrical Engineering Program of Study

Computer Engineering Program of Study

Mathematics 1151, 1172 or equivalent Mathematics 1151, 1172 or equivalent
Physics 1250, 1251 or equivalent Physics 1250, 1251 or equivalent
Chemistry 1250 or equivalent Chemistry 1250 or equivalent
Engineering 1181, 1182 or equivalent Engineering 1181, 1182 or equivalent
Engineering or CSE 1222 or equivalent Engineering or CSE 1222 or equivalent



English 1110 and a university survey course must be successfully completed prior to entry into the major.

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Application to Major

ECE accepts applications to the major every semester. An application to major must be completed and returned to the department no later than the fourth Friday of the semester in which the student is completing their pre-major requirements (i.e. the semester before the students wants to enter the major). Students will be permitted to register for ECE major courses for the following semester.

Students will be notified of official acceptance into the major after grades for all courses are checked in order to determine appropriate SPHR and CPHR.

Acceptance Procedure
For the acceptance-to-major selection process, OSU grades comprising both the Cumulative Point Hour Ratio (CPHR) and Secondary Point Hour Ratio (SPHR) are considered. The SPHR is the grade average of the pre-major courses listed above for each program of study (not including English 1110 and University Survey)‡. Please note: Courses completed at other institutions do not count in the Special Point Hour Ratio (SPHR) at OSU; however, they may count toward degree requirements. To be admitted, students must successfully complete the required pre-major courses. Students must also have a CPHR of a 3.0 or better to be admitted to the major OR a CPHR of a 2.0 and an SPHR of a 2.2. The admission of the SPHR may be changed in the future.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may deny registration in electrical and computer engineering courses to those students who have not been admitted to the BSECE major or who do not have the written permission of the department.

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