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INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE ENGINEERS

 

Information for Prospective Engineers

How exciting that you’ve identified engineering as a potential field of study for college! Because many colleges require that you apply to the College of Engineering when you apply for freshman admission (and at most schools it’s very difficult to move into engineering after beginning college, though it’s always easy to move out of engineering into something else), it’s important to investigate this career path thoroughly in high school to decide if it’s right for you. It’s important to look at each school’s admission requirements for engineering, as they are sometimes more rigorous than the college’s overall admissions requirements.

We suggest that you use the following resources to learn more about the various kinds of engineering (aerospace, mechanical, civil, computer, and biomedical are some of the more popular fields), what engineers do in their jobs, and what an engineering curriculum looks like in college and beyond.

Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) Try Engineering:

http://www.tryengineering.org/

Sloan Career Cornerstone:

http://www.careercornerstone.org/

Cal Poly SLO’s Viewbook (click on Colleges, then Engineering to explore the different kinds of engineering):

http://admissions.calpoly.edu/viewbook/#

 

Engineering Admission Requirements at a Few Popular Universities

California Institute of Technology:

Course Requirements upon Entry: Calculus, one year of physics, one year of chemistry

Subject Tests: Math II and one science

Recommendations: One math or science teacher, one humanities or social science teacher

More info:

http://www.admissions.caltech.edu/applying/freshman


Cal Poly (SLO):

Course Requirements upon Entry: Exceeding basic UC/CSU requirements

Subject Tests: None considered at all

Recommendations: None accepted at CSU campuses

More info:

http://admissions.calpoly.edu/prospective/

University of California, Berkeley (College of Engineering):

Course Requirements upon Entry: Exceeding basic UC requirements (three years of math, two years of lab science) highly recommended

Subject Tests: Math II and a science SAT subject test highly recommended

Recommendations: None accepted at UC campuses

More info:

http://coe.berkeley.edu/students/prospective-students/admissions.html

University of California, Santa Cruz (Baskin School of Engineering:

Course Requirements upon Entry: Algebra II/Trigonometry

Subject Tests: None specified

Recommendations: None accepted at UC campuses

More info:

http://ua.soe.ucsc.edu/admissions

Carnegie Mellon (Carnegie Institute of Technology)

Course Requirements upon Entry: One year each of biology, chemistry, physics plus four years of math

Subject Tests: Math I or II and Chemistry or Physics

Recommendations: No explicit requirements

More info:

http://my.cmu.edu/site/admission/menuitem.050713fc881604c019300710d4a02008/

Columbia University (Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science)

Course Requirements upon Entry: No explicit requirements

Subject Tests: Math I or II and Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Recommendations: One from a math or science teacher

More info:

http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/admissions/learn/academiclife/engineering

Cooper Union (School of Engineering):

Course Requirements upon Entry:

Subject Tests: Math I or II and Chemistry or Physics

Recommendations: No explicit requirements

More info:

http://cooper.edu/legacy/engineering/application.html

Harvey Mudd:

Course Requirements upon Entry: one year of physics, one year of chemistry, one year of calculus (may be admitted provisionally without one of these, but must take summer course before entry)

Subject Tests: Math II (and one other of student’s choice)

Recommendations: One math or science teacher and one humanities (English, social studies, foreign language) teacher

More info:

http://www.hmc.edu/admission1/applyingforadmission1/firstyearadmission.html#eligibility

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Course Requirements upon Entry: None

Subject Tests: Math I or II and one science

Recommendations: -One math or science teacher and one humanities teacher

More info:

http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics/apply/standardized_test_requirements/index.shtml#requirements

http://www.mitadmissions.org/topics/apply/the_freshman_application/index.shtml#teacher

Olin College of Engineering:

Course Requirements upon Entry: one year of physics and one year of calculus

Subject Tests: Math I or II and one science

Recommendations: -“Prefers” that one be from math/science teacher

More info:

http://www.olin.edu/admission/applying_to_olin.asp


Santa Clara University (School of Engineering):

Course Requirements upon Entry: One year of Calculus expected

Subject Tests: None specified

Recommendations: None specified

More info:

http://www.scu.edu/engineering/

Worcester Polytechnic Institute:

Course Requirements upon Entry: Four years of math, including Pre-Calculus

Subject Tests: None specified

Recommendations: Science or math teacher required

More info:

http://www.wpi.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply.html

 

Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students

A great way to learn more about engineering paths and get some great experience that can contribute meaningfully to your college applications is to attend a summer engineering program. Here are some highly recommended programs:

 

Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

Cosmos Summer Programs (at various UC campuses)

Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation

Lives Improve Through Engineering (LITE) at Kettering University

University of Michigan Summer Engineering Academy

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) at MIT

Purdue University’s STEP program

Society of Women Engineers SEE Camp at University of Michigan

Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) for Women and Minority Students

Summer Engineering Seminar (SES) at Santa Clara University

 

Liberal Arts Colleges with Engineering Majors and 3/2 Programs

Most Engineering degrees come from medium-sized or large universities with engineering graduate programs. Most small liberal arts colleges now feature 3/2 (or sometimes 4/2) programs in engineering, so that students can earn a liberal arts degree at their college, and then transfer (after either 3 or 4 years) to a cooperating larger university to earn their engineering degree. But a handful of small undergraduate colleges have their own engineering programs (see below):

 

Small Liberal Arts Colleges with Engineering Majors

 

Bucknell University

Carleton College( 3/2 with Columbia)

Colgate University

Dartmouth College

Harvey Mudd College

Haverford College(4/1 with U Penn)

Lafayette College

U of Rochester