Change or Declare Your Engineering Pre-Major

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The college is implementing an admit to major process that will utilize one application for all engineering programs. This new process goes beyond the traditional grade metric and incorporates a multi-factor review through which the voices and stories of all of our aspiring engineering students can be told.

Only students enrolled within the College of Engineering are permitted to participate in this admission to major process.

Current Engineering Pre-Majors

There are no requirements for students currently enrolled in an engineering pre-major to meet in order to switch to a new pre-major. Current engineering pre-majors should contact an academic advisor in their new desired pre-major in order to request the change.

Criteria to Change into the College of Engineering

Those students interested in engineering and enrolled in a programs outside of the College of Engineering are encouraged to change into the college as soon as they meet the criteria.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Students will be permitted to change into the College of Engineering pre-major program who meet the requirements in option 1 or 2:

Option 1:

  1. have a 2.5 or better cumulative OSU GPA

  2. have earned 12 hours or more of graded OSU credit*

  3. have completed Calculus II (Math 1172 or 1152); or direct equivalent transfer or EM credit for Math 1152 or higher

  4. have credit for one of Chemistry 1210, Chemistry 1250, or Physics 1250


Option 2:

  1. have a 2.5 or better cumulative OSU GPA

  2. have earned 12 hours or more of graded OSU credit*

  3. have completed Fundamentals of Engineering I (ENGR 1181 or 1281); or direct equivalent transfer or EM credit

*excluding terms of enrollment through post-secondary enrollment programs such as Academy

When to Request to Change

Students are required to be enrolled in the College of Engineering to participate in the admission to major process, students should request to change as soon as possible. Students can submit a request to change during the semester they are completing the eligibility criteria. For example, if a student is currently enrolled in Math 1172 and has already completed their science course, they are encourage to submit a request.

Note: Requests from students currently enrolled in their eligibility coursework at another college/university may be delayed. Requests can only be reviewed once all transfer credit is received and processed by Ohio State. Students unable to transfer their credit before the the next semester begins will need to resubmit their request to change into the college after the next semester.

How to Change

Students should submit a Change to Engineering Pre-Major request form by the deadline listed below.

To understand your interests in our programs, students will be asked to indicate the three majors they are most interested within the college. Students will apply to three majors within the College of Engineering during the admission to major process. These selections do not commit students to these majors. Students will be changed into their first choice pre-major program if their request is approved.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Autumn 2022

Effective Spring 2023

Requests Accepted: August 29, 2022 to January 23, 2023

Spring 2023

Effective Summer 2023

Requests Accepted: January 17, 2023 to May 12, 2023

Review and Notification

Requests to change into the college are reviewed at the end of each semester. Students will be notified one week after final grades are due. Students that meet the eligibility criteria will automatically be changed into their requested pre-major program. Students that have submitted a request form and no longer wish to change into the college should ask the desired pre-major program to cancel their request form.