High school graduates
Admission to the College of Engineering is granted to any individual who has met the admission requirements of Kansas State University (see the Admission section of this catalog). Students are expected to have a strong academic rank in class and good ACT scores (or equivalent), but academic support programs are available to help students achieve their goals.
Applicants with previous college credit, earned after graduation from high school, must apply as transfer students. All applicants to the college with 12 combined or more transfer hours, must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher. Given extenuating circumstances, exceptions to this policy may be granted with the written recommendation of the pre-engineering advisor at the transfer institution. The advisor's letter of recommendation must be included with the student application and fee to the Office of Admissions with a copy of the letter to the College of Engineering.
Applications for admission of international students are judged by several factors, including, but not limited to: secondary school record, test scores, academic record at the college and university level, trend in grades, and grades in mathematics, physical sciences, and related areas.
Because of a limitation on the number of international students that can be accommodated, the College of Engineering reserves the right to apply more rigorous admissions criteria to applicants who are not U.S. citizens.
All students applying for College of Engineering scholarships must complete the K-State scholarship application. Obtain an application from your high school counselor, community college financial aid office, or the Office of Student Financial Assistance. In addition to scholarships awarded by the Office of Student Financial Assistance, the College of Engineering awards numerous scholarships directly to incoming and continuing students. Initial inquiries by prospective students for engineering scholarships should be directed to the Scholarship Director, College of Engineering.
Selection of a major
Students must select a curriculum or major when entering the college. They are provided academic advisors by their major departments. Entering students who are undecided as to a major in engineering may enroll in general engineering for one year. These students are advised by the assistant dean of student services and are encouraged to choose a major by the beginning of their sophomore year.
Leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential for today's engineering graduate. The College of Engineering provides courses supporting technical leadership developments and offers many opportunities to become involved on campus through departmental student chapters, open house, student government, competition teams, and much more. Each contributes to greater personal and professional development. For additional information, contact the assistant dean of recruitment and leadership development.
Engineering equipment fee
The engineering equipment fee is in addition to the normal university fees. Students enrolling in engineering courses are assessed $14 per student credit hour plus a $1 per student credit hour university technology fee. (Fees are subject to change.)
For further information see the Fees section of this catalog. Questions should be referred to the College of Engineering Student Services Office.
In addition to the university standards and policies for grades, the College of Engineering has the following standards:
Before attempting a course taught in the College of Engineering, a grade of C or better must be earned in the prerequisite courses.
Transfer students admitted on a conditional basis are required to obtain a 2.5 GPA the first 12 credit hours after their transfer, in order to continue their studies in the College of Engineering.
Transferability of courses
Many of the fundamental courses required for a degree in engineering may be obtained through pre-engineering programs at other four-year institutions or at community colleges. In general, two years of course work will be transferable. However, there are differences among the curricula; students electing this route should work closely with their pre-engineering advisors and the College of Engineering assistant dean of student services.
To determine which courses at a particular college or university will substitute for courses at K-State, access the Office of Admissions webpage:
The grade of Cr is not acceptable for transfer into College of Engineering programs.
Many of the courses appearing in the engineering curricula, not only those which are offered in the College of Engineering but also those in the College of Arts and Sciences, may be taken during the summer term.
Engineering subjects that normally are offered during the summer include:
High school seniors who have had insufficient mathematics to enroll in MATH 220 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I are urged to investigate the possibility of summer school to remove this mathematics deficiency.
MATH 100 College Algebra and MATH 150 Plane Trigonometry are offered during the summer sessions and provide an excellent transition from high school mathematics into the engineering curriculum.