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Frequently Asked Questions

College of Engineering Semester Conversion
Undergraduate Students

When will the conversion occur?
The official conversion from quarters to semesters will occur in Summer 2012.
What will be a typical full time credit load?
The typical full time credit load should be 15-18 semester hours to make adequate progress toward degree for an Engineering student. This is the same as it is on quarters, since the total number of semester credit-hours for each Engineering degree will be essentially 2/3 what it is on quarters.
What will be the typical full time course load?
A full time course load for engineers will be 5-6 courses per semester compared to 4-5 per quarter. It will be important to plan for a larger number of courses on the semester system than what was required on the quarter system because some 5 quarter credit hour courses (primarily general education courses) will become 3 semester credit hour courses.
How will the conversion affect me?
If you graduate before summer, 2012, it will not affect you. If you graduate after summer 2012, you will be a transition student. One of the guiding principles is that “Student progress toward graduation will not be impeded by the conversion process.” Students will be expected to work very closely with their departmental academic advisors to ensure their progress and follow through as expected. Transition Advising Plans (TAP’s) will be developed for all degree programs.
How will Engineering degree requirements change?
Many departments are taking the opportunity to update and renew their curricula. Most Engineering degree programs will range from 127 to 132 semester hours which is typical of engineering programs nationwide. One semester credit hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credit hours.
What are the quarters-to-semesters transition teams for the College of Engineering?
Many teams in the College are addressing the transition and conversion issues. A task force with representatives from all departments and administrative offices for undergraduate and graduate students oversees various subcommittees that are addressing issues dealing with the core curriculum, general education requirements, mathematics and science requirements, student services, and other critical issues. The College is being very proactive in its approach to the conversion process to ensure that progress toward graduation will not be impeded.
What are the plans for other institutions of higher education to convert from quarters to semesters?
A total of 17 institutions of higher education in Ohio are making the conversion. The other four year schools are Ohio University, Wright State University, University of Cincinnati, as well as specific Community Colleges including Columbus State Community College, Sinclair Community College and various technical institutions. The other nine public state universities are already on semesters. After our change, Northwestern will be the only Big Ten institution with a quarter system.
How will my job search be affected?
The job search process will not be dramatically affected but the timing of interview opportunities may shift to earlier in the academic year because our schedule will be more closely aligned with the majority of institutions across the country.

Internship and Co-op Program

What do employers think about semesters?

It’s a really good thing for Ohio State!

Benefits of semesters:

  • More “meaty” projects will be available to students because of the longer work terms
  • Easier to work with OSU and other schools at the same time, which means more jobs
  • More interaction with peers from other schools, since we will be on the same schedule
  • New programs that didn’t hire OSU before because of quarters will now be able to recruit here
  • Some programs require 6 month rotations, so this is beneficial for those programs
  • Early recruiting means more jobs for OSU students


  • Part-time jobs may be harder to incorporate into your schedule, if you are taking more classes on a semester schedule
  • Students may not be willing to do a co-op because of the length of semesters; however, employers tell us that they will still expect students to graduate with work experience, and students should be encouraged to participate
When can international students work?

Full-time CPT will be approved for summer work terms and during the breaks between terms only. Part-time CPT may be approved year-round. It is critical that you speak with OIA to understand CPT so that you can discuss with potential employers.

Be sure to discuss your internship plans with your academic advisor so that you stay on track for graduation.

For students using full-time CPT, ENG 689 will be available during summer only. For students using part-time CPT, work with your academic advisor or department to identify an appropriate course.

Who can assist me with planning my availability?

Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisors to plan their availability by identifying the semesters that they need to be on campus for certain classes, and those which may be used for work experience. Before your advisor meeting, be sure to print an updated DARS report. Additionally, if you have an idea of when you would like to work, you should come prepared to discuss that information to make your meetings more productive.

Once you have sorted out your availability for classes and possible work terms with your academic advisor, work with ECS to plan your job search.

What will summer of 2012 look like?

Summer 2012 is only 10 weeks! Students can work a maximum of 10 weeks. If you are hoping to get a job, start your search early!

SU 12 6/11/2012 - 8/17/2012 (10 weeks - this transition summer term will be shorter than the typical 15 week summer term)