Why Ohio State

Your possibilities are limitless

For engineering students at Ohio State, the curriculum goes beyond lectures, beginning with a hands-on course sequence designed specifically for first-year students. You will be engaged in labs and classes—more than 1,500 to choose from—taught by faculty members. An emphasis on team-based and experiential learning, from first-year projects through senior capstones, will enable you to create an engineering curriculum that fits your academic and career goals.

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Applying to Engineering:

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


The Pre-Major Program

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: undergrad.osu.edu/apply/freshmen-columbus/who-gets-in

All students entering Ohio State in the College of Engineering enroll in the Pre-Major Program, enabling students to explore our 14 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.

Questions/Comments? Contact:

Undergraduate Recruitment Team 
eng-recruitment@osu.edu (preferred)