Major Admissions and Requirements
Admission to full major status is determined by academic performance as a pre-major, an essay and other factors. Admission to the major is competitive. Neither completion of the foundational courses nor attainment of any specific GPA guarantees admission. Twenty four students are typically accepted into the program each year and they begin major courses spring quarter. While admission decisions are based primarily on cumulative GPA in the foundational courses, successful completion of other required major courses, GPA in the major, and overall GPA are also considerations.
The Manufacturing Engineering program admits 24 students per year. The average GPA of admitted students usually varies between 2.9 and 3.1 in the prerequisite courses. This is an average GPA that we have seen historically based on the applicant pools and is not a cut-off GPA.
The Admissions committee also considers overall GPA, grades in any major course, and the required essay. The overall competitiveness of admission depends on the total number of applications we receive, as well as the general strength of the applicant pool, and it can vary widely from year to year. The committee encourages all eligible applicants to apply, and to also consider a backup plan as we can’t predict the future competitiveness of the applicant pool. Students may contact the Department Pre-major advisor to discuss admissions questions.
Application - Winter Quarter New Requirements for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
Applications for Spring 2020 major admissions are due Friday, February 7, 2020 by midnight.
Only complete and on-time applications will be considered. In addition to the academic performance described above, acceptance will also be based on a essay (500 words or less) explaining why you want to pursue a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Applicants will be notified of decisions before Spring quarter registration begins.
Application Course Requirements or Equivalents Starting 2019-2020 Academic Year:
- MATH 124 - Calculus I
- MATH 125 - Calculus II
- MATH 224 - Multivariable Calculus & Geometry
- MATH 204 - Linear Algebra (new requirement)
- CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I
- PHYS 161 - Physics w/ Calculus I
- PHYS 162 - Physics w/ Calculus II (new requirement)
- ENGR 104 - Intro to Engineering & Design
- ENGR 170 - Intro to Materials Science & Engineering
- ENGR 214 - Statics
Students may be currently enrolled in no more than three of the above courses when they apply for major admission. A final decision on applications may be delayed until receipt of final grades for in-progress courses. Students must obtain at least a C- in the above courses and an overall GPA in them of 2.0 or higher to be considered. AP scores are converted to GPA as follows: 5 = A; 4 = B; 3 = C. While decisions are based primarily on cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses, not counting PHYS 162, successful completion of other required major courses, GPA in the major, and overall GPA are also considerations. The program will also take under consideration your rationale for pursuing a degree in Manufacturing Engineering, as explained in an essay (500 words or less) that is to be submitted as part of your application.
Other required courses that meet graduation requirements: Students need to have no more than two of the following courses or equivalencies outstanding at the beginning of the Fall quarter of year three:
- MATH 331 - Differential Equations
- PHYS 163 - Physics w/ Calculus III
- ENGR 225 - Mechanics of Materials