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Becoming an Engineering Major

Becoming an Engineering major (elec​trical, mechanical, or computer):

High school seniors who submit all CMU-required application materials by November 15 and select Engineering as an area of interest on their application will be considered for a limited number of direct admission spots in an engineering major.  All applicants interested in an engineering major who do not receive direct admission or who apply after November 15 may be eligible to pursue an engineering major provided they meet the admissions and retention requirements for the major.  
 

Direct Admission
To be eligible for consideration for direct admission into an engineering major, you must be a high school senior meeting the following criteria:  

  • have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • a cumulative ACT score of 27 or higher
  • a Math ACT score of 27 or higher
  • a cumulative SAT score of 1280 or higher
  • a Math SAT score of 610 or higher

You must also have submitted a completed application, selected engineering as an area of interest on the application, and be accepted to Central Michigan University by November 15th in order to be considered. 


Students admitted directly into the School of Engineering and Technology majors will:

  • have priority registration for all their major courses
  • meet regularly with faculty and academic advisors 
  • secure​ a ​spot in the Science & Engineering Residential College

 
To maintain your status with a major in computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering, you must meet the following requirements as set by Central Michigan University and the School of Engineering and Technology.

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • A C- or better in all required major courses1
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all required courses2
  • Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam during final year at CMU
  • At least 30 credits of EGR courses must be taken at CMU
  1. EGR 120, EGR 190QR, MTH 132, MTH 133, PHY 145, PHY 146, PHY 175.  EGR 251 (mechanical engineering). EGR 290 (electrical engineering). EGR 290, CPS 180, and CPS 181 (computer engineering)
  2. a minimum GPA within courses with the following designators: EGR, MTH, and PHY

 

 

Pre-Professional Phase
The Engineering Majors are structured into two phases: pre-professional phase and professional phase. Admission to these undergraduate programs (as well as many other nationally accredited programs) is competitive and the number of applicants typically exceeds the number of students who can be admitted to the professional phase. Thus simply meeting the minimum admission standards listed below does not guarantee admission into the major program. A limited number of students per semester are admitted to the professional phase of the engineering program. Those students not admitted into the professional phase may apply in subsequent semesters.

Students who want to become an engineering major may sign an intent to major form indicating their decision to start the pre-professional phase. In order to sign and graduate with an engineering major a student must be accepted into the professional phase. To be eligible to apply for the professional phase students must meet the following minimum admission requirements. 

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in CMU courses
  • A C- or better in required major courses1

The pre-professional phase will likely take the student a minimum of three semesters to complete; however it could take a student longer to meet the requirements.  

 

To maintain your status with a major in computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering, you must meet the following requirements as set by Central Michigan University and the School of Engineering and Technology.

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all required courses2
  • Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam during final year at CMU
  • Earn at least 30 credits of EGR courses must be taken at CMU
  1. EGR 120, EGR 190QR, MTH 132, MTH 133, PHY 145, PHY 146, PHY 175.  EGR 251 (mechanical engineering). EGR 290 (electrical engineering). EGR 290, CPS 180, and CPS 181 (computer engineering)
  2. a minimum GPA within courses with the following designators: EGR, MTH, and PHY

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