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Admission to the Aerospace Engineering major is by application only and is in accordance with the College of Engineering enrollment management plan approved by the University Council on Academic Affairs. 

Effective Spring 2021, the College of Engineering will implement 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. 

Since the admit to major process will differ between Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021, please note the application requirements and admission criteria for the semester in which you will be applying. 

double-arrowAdmit to Major Process (Autumn 2020 Only)

What is the selection criteria for the Aerospace Engineering major? 

Acceptance into the Aerospace Engineering major is based on a numerical ceiling per year. Admission is competitive and based solely on a student's Eligibility Point Hour Ratio (EPHR).

In order to be eligible to apply to the major, students must be enrolled in final admission to major course(s). Additionally, students must have a minimum 2.0 EPHR; however, this minimum does not guarantee acceptance into the major.  

Prerequisite courses to the major are English 1110.xx, University Survey, and the EPHR courses listed below. Students with an EPHR of 3.2 and above are automatically admitted to the Aerospace Engineering major. 

Students may only apply to the Aerospace Engineering major twice.

What are the EPHR Courses? 

CHEM 1250; ENGR 1181, ENGR 1182; MATH 1172, MATH 2173; PHYSICS 1250, PHYSICS 1251; AEROENG 2200; MECHENG 2040; or their equivalents. Please check with an Academic Advisor ( for questions regarding course equivalencies. 

How do students apply to the major? What is the deadline to apply? 

Applications are due by the third Friday of the Autumn 2020 semester and late applications will not be accepted.

Despite applying to the major by the third Friday of the semester, major decisions will not be made until after final semester grades have been submitted.

Apply to the Aerospace Engineering major here. 

What happens when a student takes an EPHR course at another institution? 

Transfer credit for EPHR courses will be accepted. The course grades awarded by the Transfer Credit Center will be included in the calculation. 

How is a student's EPHR calculated if an EPHR course is repeated? 

If an EPHR course is repeated, the most recent grade is taken.

How can a student calculate their EPHR? 

Students can view their current EPHR by running a degree audit from buckeyelink or by entering grades into the EPHR Calculator. If EPHR courses have been taken at another institution, please see an advisor for assistance in hand-calculating the EPHR. 

double-arrowAdmit to Major Process (Effective Spring 2021)

How will students be admitted to the major?

Students will be admitted based on background and thought that demonstrate:

  • Capacity to understand basic engineering principles and apply them in a variety of settings
  • Informed desire for an engineering discipline
  • Appreciation for inclusion, collaboration, leadership, and integrity
  • Drive to acquire and apply knowledge to enrich one’s life, work, community, and society

Recognizing the challenges in meeting the demand and space availability in popular majors, applicants will choose three majors of interest.  As engineering pre-majors, students will have the opportunity to explore multiple majors through both their coursework and opportunities to engage with faculty, academic advisors, and peers. Students will learn how different engineering majors can lead to similar career outcomes and be supported to make choices with intention and good information. Each year the university directly enrolls into engineering the number of students matching the total capacity of our engineering majors.  In principle we have a place in a major for every pre-major we enroll. 

How do students apply to the major? 

Students will select and apply to three majors of interest (ranked in order of preference), during the semester that eligibility courses are completed, which generally occurs during the second semester of enrollment.

The process requires students to verify their coursework, and respond to three short essay prompts (about 250 words each). Students will address their interest in the three selected majors, their experiences working with teams, and their life experiences influencing their desire to pursue engineering. The essay prompts will be made available to students during their first semester of enrollment during their Engineering Survey course.

What are the criteria for admission consideration?

Students must meet the following criteria by the end of the semester in which they are applying:

College Requirements 
Enrolled in the College of Engineering as a pre-major (students enrolled outside the college should first follow the Change to Engineering Pre-Major process)
Cumulative Ohio State GPA of 2.0 or better
Credit for Calculus II through completion of Math 1152, Math 1172, or Math 2162 (or equivalent version)
Credit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Sequence through completion of Engr 1182, Engr 1282H, or Engr 1186, Engr 1187, and Engr 1188
Program Requirements
(Credit for science or technical courses(s) depending on each program applied for)
Students interested in Aerospace Engineering must earn credit for Physics 1250 or 1260.
Program requirements for other engineering majors can be found here.
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double-arrowChange Major to Pre-Aerospace Engineering

Students from other pre-majors in the College of Engineering can schedule an appointment with an advisor to change their major to pre-aerospace engineering. Students from outside the College of Engineering should first review the eligibility requirements. If eligibility requirements are met, please schedule an appointment with an MAE academic advisor for the next steps.