ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Undergraduate Programs

Admission to ECE


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Admission to Virginia Tech
Admission/Transfer to ECE
Taking ECE Courses as a Non-Major

Admission to Virginia Tech

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Prospective undergraduate students, including freshman, transfer, and international applicants, who desire admission to Virginia Tech must apply through Virginia Tech's Office of Undergraduate Admissions (http://www.admiss.vt.edu/). All admissions questions and decisions are handled through that office. For general admissions questions, you may email vtadmiss@vt.edu.

All students admitted to Virginia Tech's College of Engineering by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are classified as General Engineering (GE) majors in the Department of Engineering Education (ENGE): www.enge.vt.edu. Thus, students who plan to graduate with a degree in either Electrical Engineering (EE) or Computer Engineering (CPE) in the ECE Department should apply for admission as a GE major.

Prospective students who have specific questions about the first year should contact the ENGE Department directly. Prospective students who have specific questions regarding the CPE and EE program requirements and curricula should contact ECE Student Services at (540) 231-8219 or pendleton@vt.edu.

Admission/Transfer to ECE

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The first year GE course requirements and procedures are described in detail at this website: http://www.enge.vt.edu/Undergraduate/courses/index.html. A GE student planning a major in CPE or EE should enroll in ENGE 1104 (Exploration of the Digital Future) and ECE 1574 (Programming and Problem Solving in C++) in the spring semester of the first year. After completion of the first year GE curriculum, students are eligible to apply for a degree granting engineering major. All engineering majors are restricted with competitive requirements as described on the ENGE website.

GE students should follow the “Change of Major” procedures described at this website: http://www.enge.vt.edu/Undergraduate/changing_majors/index.html.

Non-engineering students (not admitted to Virginia Tech as an engineering student), for example, majors in UniversityStudies, Math, Physics, etc., with competitive academic records who wish to change into or add a major in the College of Engineering should follow the steps described at this website: http://www.enge.vt.edu/Undergraduate/changing_majors/into_eng.html.

Depending on your major/status, the process for transfer is as follows:

General Engineering majors in the first, second, or third semester of study must complete a Curriculum Choice Form and submit it to the Engineering Fundamentals Office in 332 Randolph. The forms are also available on the Engineering Education website.

General Engineering students who have been enrolled in General Engineering for more than three semesters must complete an Internal Transfer Application. These applications are available from the College of Engineering Office of Academic Affairs at 212 Hancock Hall.

Non-majors (for example, University Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics) who want to transfer from a major outside Engineering to General Engineering may submit a Change of Major request to the College of Engineering Office of Academic Affairs 212 Hancock. One major advantage of a change of major is registration priority. First-year Engineering courses, specifically ENGE 1024 and ENGE 1104, are restricted to General Engineering majors.

Non-majors who are eligible for a direct transfer to CPE or EE must submit an Internal Transfer Application. These applications are available from the College of Engineering Office of Academic Affairs in 212 Hancock Hall.

Non-majors Enrolling in ECE Courses

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Most undergraduate and graduate level ECE courses are restricted to CPE and EE majors. Therefore, GE students and other non-engineering majors will generally not be able to submit Course Requests or Add requests for ECE courses through Hokie Spa.

The ECE Force Add process exists to facilitate the registration process for GE and other non-engineering majors who have successfully completed all first-year engineering courses and have competitive academic records that demonstrate eligibility and readiness to transfer into CPE or EE.

Force add requests are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day of class each semester or summer session.

Force Add Request Form