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General Requirements

High school graduate admission

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.

Transfer student admission

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.

International student admission

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 ( or 785-532-6686).

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.

Extracurricular activities

Leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential for today's engineering graduate. The College of Engineering provides courses supporting technical leadership development (a leadership in undergraduate technical studies certificate may be earned) and offers many opportunities to become involved on campus through departmental student chapters, K-State 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 fees

Students enrolling in engineering courses are assessed an equipment fee of $14 per student credit hour plus a $15 per student credit hour tuition surcharge. (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.

Grade requirements

In addition to the university standards and policies for grades, the College of Engineering has the following standards:

Curricula grades

See the individual engineering department sections of this catalog for the grade requirements for their curriculum and degree. Some require C or higher grades for all courses listed in the curriculum, and some require C grades for all courses that are prerequisite for department courses. Some degrees require a specified cumulative K-State grade point average.

Some companies will hire only graduates that have earned a 3.5 or higher GPA.

Conditional-admitted transfer student K-state grades

Transfer students admitted on a conditional basis are required to obtain a 2.5 GPA for 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. Students should also consult the engineering dual degree section.

To determine which courses at a particular college or university will substitute for courses at K-State, access the Office of Admissions webpage:

The Cr and D grades are not acceptable for transfer into College of Engineering programs.

Summer school

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:

ARE 537Acoustic Systems2
CE 212Elementary Surveying Engineering3
CE 333Statics3
CE 530Statics and Dynamics3
CIS 209C Programming for Engineers3
EECE 519Electric Circuits and Controls4
ME 512Dynamics3
ME 513Thermodynamics I3
ME 571Fluid Mechanics3

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. (See the Department of Mathematics section of this catalog for the MATH 220 prerequisite requirements.)