Ohio State’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions is the primary resource for the application process and handles direct enrollment for undergraduate students into the College of Engineering. Learn more about applying to Ohio State  >

High school seniors applying to the Columbus campus are encouraged to submit their complete admission application by the November 1st priority deadline as capacity within Engineering fills quickly.

Pre-Major Program

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

Students interested in pursuing engineering at Ohio State indicate their pre-major of interest on their admissions application. Applicants are reviewed holistically by Ohio State Undergraduate Admissions. The College of Engineering does not review nor have access to applications for incoming freshmen. Learn more about the admissions process  >

All students entering Ohio State in the College of Engineering enroll in the Pre-Major Program, enabling students to explore our 15 majors through both their coursework and information sessions. As pre-majors, students will:

  • complete foundational coursework that includes the Fundamental of Engineering course sequence, calculus and, for most majors, physics and/or chemistry
  • engage with faculty, academic advisors and peers to explore options, and learn how several engineering majors can lead to similar career outcomes
  • select and apply to three majors of interest during the semester that eligibility courses are completed, which generally occurs during the second semester of enrollment

Students will learn more about the application to major process and major opportunities at orientation, and throughout their freshmen year.

Admissions criteria

Questions/Comments? Contact: 

Find answers to many frequently asked questions. If you need further assistance, please contact the Undergraduate Recruitment Team at: (preferred) or (614) 247-7697.

*Note: the Office of Undergraduate Admissions reviews all applications for admissions to the College of Engineering. For questions about your admissions application, please email or call (614) 292-3980. 

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