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Application to the 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).

In order to be eligible to apply to the major, students must be enrolled in final admission to major course(s) and have earned a C- or above in each EPHR course. Additionally, students must have a minimum 2.8 EPHR; however, this minimum does not guarantee acceptance into the major.

Prerequisite courses to the major are English 1110.xx, University Survey, and the EPHR courses listed below. Students with an EPHR of 3.4 and above are automatically admitted to the Mechanical Engineering major. 

Students may only apply to the Mechanical Engineering major twice.

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. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, applications are also being accepted during Summer 2020.

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

Applications are due by the third Friday of the fall and spring semesters and 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. 

Apply to the Mechanical Engineering major here. 

What happens when a student takes an EPHR course at another institution? 

Transfer credit for EPHR courses will be accepted. The course grades awarded by the Transfer Credit Center will be included in the calculation. 

How is a student's EPHR calculated if an EPHR course is repeated? 

Repeated EPHR course grades will only be counted in a student's 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 a student calculate their EPHR? 

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

Application to the Major

Applications for the Mechanical Engineering major are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is July 5.