This week, an article published online by US News Education highlighted some excellent tips on how to maximize your odds as an engineering applicant. Undergraduate engineering programs often have stricter admissions standards and individual procedures that might differ from general admission to the same school.
We’ve curated some key pieces of their advice here:
- Ensure you’re aware of every extra requirement. This might mean meeting a calculus requirement or taking SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT/ACT. US News recommends that you “call or email (each school) if any part of the process is unclear, such as where to send exam results or how your admission to the university as a whole affects engineering admission.” You can also check each engineering school’s website for extra admissions requirements or separate applications.
- Take advanced coursework that admissions committees will be familiar with. “If your school does offer AP or IB courses, consider making these a high priority. Competitive schools especially may expect that students have taken on the greatest level of rigor available to them, so this can be a great way to show you’re committed to the work.”
- Take extra science and math courses when possible, but maintain good grades in all your core classes. “Strong preparation – for example, in the form of rigorous high school science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, courses – can help immensely in demonstrating your readiness. Your classes will be on your high school transcripts, but take every opportunity throughout the application process to address the content and rigor of your academic background.”
– Finally, highlight extra work or projects you’ve completed as a high school student. Your Common App essay or campus interview is a great place to mention these. They say, “mention any special projects that you have worked on. If you completed a science fair project, mention this in your personal statement or when speaking with an admissions officer.”