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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.

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Applying to the ECE Major