Undergraduate Program Admission


New This Year: We have simplified our program admission process! See below for an overview and instructions.


Program Admission Process


Apply and be admitted to ECU

When completing the ECU application, select Engineering as your intended major. Once you are admitted to ECU, the Department of Engineering will automatically begin your engineering evaluation*.

Monitor your ECU email account

Activate your PirateID and monitor your ECU email account so that we can contact you with questions or for additional information.

Receive your Engineering decision

You will receive your Engineering program admission decision letter electronically before we send a hard copy to your home address.

Confirm your spot

Reply to the electronic decision letter to confirm your spot in the program. Space in our program is limited. If you are not attending, please let us know so that we may offer admission to another eligible student.

*If you are already an ECU student and wish to change your major to Engineering, or if you applied to ECU and indicated a major other than Engineering, request a change of major to begin the engineering evaluation process.
For questions, please email engineering@ecu.edu.


Admission Evaluation Criteria

The Department of Engineering offers a unique undergraduate program that puts students first.  Because of our personalized approach, we regret that we cannot accept all who apply. Though admission into the Engineering Program is competitive, we make every effort to evaluate applicants holistically rather than using rigid cutoffs. The criteria that our admissions selection committee takes into consideration when evaluating applicants are as follows, with target levels given where applicable.

First-time Freshman Applicants:

High School GPA (Unweighted)3.0 or higher
Math CourseworkOne of the following completed:
• Precalculus
• AP Calculus AB
• AP Calculus BC
• NC Community college course MAT 171, MAT 172, or MAT 271

NOTE: AP Statistics, NC Math 4, and Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science do not meet our minimum requirements for the required completed math.
Math PlacementAny one of the following:
• 600 or higher on SAT math
• 25 or higher on ACT math
• 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam
• 3 or higher on the AB subscore of the AP Calculus BC Exam
• Grade of C or higher in NC Community college course MAT 171, MAT 172, or MAT 271

If you do not have one of these completed by the time of your ECU application, we will contact you about additional math placement options** once we begin your engineering evaluation.

**As required by our accreditation, our program begins with Calculus. Students who do not meet one of our placement options are not ready to begin in either MATH 2171 (Calculus I) or MATH 1083 (Introduction to Functions) and will need to do some math remediation before applying to the Department of Engineering. Please email Mr. Brad Collier about the College of Engineering and Technology First Year Program for more information.

Important Note for Early College Applicants:

Students who are graduating from a NC Early College may apply to ECU (and the Department of Engineering) as either a first-time freshmen or as a transfer student.  Please see https://admissions.ecu.edu/apply/freshmen/ for guidance on the ECU application. If you apply as a freshman student, you will be evaluated based on the criteria as described in the “First-time Freshman Applicants” section.  If you apply as a transfer student, you will be evaluated based on the criteria as described in the “Transfer or Second Degree Student Applicants” section.  Students transferring from a North Carolina Community College who have completed an Associates in Engineering will be given preference. 

Transfer, Change of Major, or Second Degree Applicants:

Cumulative Undergraduate GPA
(across all institutions attended)
3.0 or higher

2.8 or higher for applicants who have completed an Associate in Engineering degree
Completed CourseworkMust have completed or be able to transfer in credit for the following ECU courses:
• MATH 2171 with a C (2.0) or higher
• ENGL 1100
• ENGL 2201
• CHEM 1150 and 1151

You can check existing course equivalencies at registrar.ecu.edu/course-equivalency/
Any courses not already listed will need to be reviewed for potential credit transfer to ECU. An academic advisor will assist with this process once we begin your engineering evaluation.