Admission to the Lower Division of Mechanical Engineering

Lower division acceptance into the mechanical engineering program requires that degree-seeking students meet the University’s admission requirements and the mechanical engineering program’s requirements. Program lower division acceptance is required before a student can be accepted by the program as a mechanical engineering major and be permitted to participate in any 100- or 200-level mechanical engineering course. A limited number of students are accepted into the program as lower division status to ensure a high quality, personalized, educational experience.

The mechanical engineering program’s requirements are established to provide the best background for the program’s curriculum and student success. The requirements focus on appropriate preparation for the program such as prior course work and minimum standardized test scores. Minimum high school preparation for lower division admission must include the following:

  • Three-and-one-half years of mathematics with an average grade of B comprised of algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus
  • Two years of science with an average grade of B including at least one year of chemistry with a laboratory
  • SAT (MATH only) score of 580 or higher or an ACT (MATH only) score of 26 or higher
  • Four years of English

Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT), 79 (IBT), or 213 (CBT), or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. As an alternate language consideration, a SAT (Reading and Writing) minimum score of 560 or an ACT (English) minimum score of 23 may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL/IELTS requirements by students whose native language is not English.

If program space permits, an interview between an applicant and a faculty member may be considered in the admission process; other evidence of exceptional motivation may be considered in marginal cases. Enrolled university students that do not meet the above math and/or English language standards may apply for mechanical engineering lower division, if program space permits, once the following university preparations have been demonstrated:

  • Completion of MATH 105 with a grade of B or better; or completion of MATH 221 with a grade of C- or better
  • Completion of all university required English language courses (EL 102, 103, 106, 107, 110, and/or 111) with a grade of B or better

Admission to full candidacy status in the mechanical engineering program is obtained through the successful upper division application process.

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