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Engineering Undergraduate Prospective Students

Transitioning to Engineering

It's the beginning of an exciting new chapter of your life, and we're here to help make that transition as smooth as possible.

How to prepare for college:

  • Load up on math and science courses: You need to be a well-rounded student to be successful in engineering. That said, additional courses in such areas as pre-calculus, calculus, AP calculus, physics, and chemistry will help make your transition to college classes an easier one.
  • Build a strong high school academic record: As one of our faculty recently noted, "No one said it would be easy, and it's not." If you worked hard in your classes in high school and stepped outside your comfort zone, you'll be more ready for college coursework and expectations.
  • Get involved: Gain hands-on experience in middle school and high school in science, math and engineering clubs, as well as other school activities involving problem solving, critical thinking and research skills.

COE Admission Requirements (for freshmen):

In addition to University requirements, students must meet the following College of Engineering requirements:

  • ACT composite of 24 or higher or SAT total score (Critical Reading and Math only) of 1110 or higher (if the minimum admission standard has not been met, a student still may be admitted based on an individual review of his/her application).
  • 4 units: English
  • 4 units: math
    • Must include 1 unit of Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
  • 3 units: natural sciences, including:
    • 1 unit of physics (can be waived if ACT 28 or SAT 1260 (or higher)
    • 1 unit of chemistry
  • 3 units: social sciences
  • 2 units: foreign language (must be the same foreign language)

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.5 transfer cumulative GPA if Nebraska resident
  • 3.0 transfer cumulative GPA if non-resident

"Going into my second year, I don't know how I could have gone anywhere else. "

Blaine H., Liberty, Mo.,
Industrial Engineering, 2011