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Application to the Mechanical Engineering Major

Admission to the Mechanical 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. 

What is the selection criteria for the Mechanical Engineering major? 

Acceptance into the Mechanical Engineering major is based on a numerical ceiling per year. It is competitive and based solely on a student's Eligibility Point Hour Ratio (EPHR). Prerequisite courses to the major are English 1110.xx, University Survey, and the EPHR courses listed below. In order to be eligible to apply to the major, students must have a minimum 2.8 EPHR; however, this minimum does not guarantee acceptance into the major. Students with an EPHR of 3.4 and above are automatically admitted to the Mechanical Engineering major. 

Students applying to the major in Autumn 2019 for admission to the major in Spring 2020 and every semester thereafter will also be required to have earned a C- or above in each EPHR course in order to be eligible.

What are the EPHR Courses? 

CHEM 1250; ENGR 1181, ENGR 1182; MATH 1172, MATH 2173; PHYSICS 1250, PHYSICS 1251; STAT 3450; MECHENG 2010; or their equivalents. Please check with an Academic Advisor ( for questions regarding course equivalencies. 

When are applications to the major accepted? 

Applications are accepted during the Autumn and Spring semesters.

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

Applications are due by the third Friday of the semester that you are applying. 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.

Students receive a decision via email and may only apply to the major twice.

Apply to the Mechanical Engineering major here. 

What happens when I take an EPHR course at another institution? 

Transfer credit for EPHR courses will be accepted. The grades which the transfer credit center has awarded will be included in the calculation. 

How is the EPHR calculation completed if I repeat and EPHR course? 

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

Students applying to the major in Autumn 2019 for admission to the major in Spring 2020 and beyond will only have repeated EPHR course grades counted into their EPHR calculation if Grade Forgiveness has been applied. Please note that transfer credit from another institution cannot be used to forgive a grade at Ohio State.

How can I calculate my EPHR? 

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