Undergraduate admissions FAQs

For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, see the FAQs listed below.

  • I have AP/IB/Community College credits. Are they transferable?

    Yes – many AP/IB/Community College credits are transferable to WSU. Use our course equivalency tool and review transfer plans to determine how your courses will transfer to WSU. 

    Check out the AP, CLEP and IB testpage to see more information.

    Remember – you still need to complete the engineering/computer science requirements; talk to an engineering undergraduate advisor to see how your AP/IB/Community College credits affect your engineering plan of work.

  • What's the difference between pre-professional and professional?

    Pre-professional students are working towards basic program and WSU requirements, getting foundational courses in preparation for the upper-level program specific coursework. Students entering the College directly from high school will be admitted to the pre-professional program if they have earned at least a 3.0 overall g.p.a. and a minimum score of 21 on the Math ACT or 530 on the Math SAT. Students who have completed at least twelve credits of college-level coursework may be admitted to the pre-professional program if they have a minimum of a 3.0 overall g.p.a..

    Students in the pre-professional programs complete thirty-five to forty-five credits of their engineering curriculum, depending on their intended major. Most departments also require that students complete one or more 2000-level courses within their department (contact the academic advisor for more information).  

    In order to be admitted to the professional program of their choice, a student must complete the pre-professional courses with no grade lower than a 'C-minus' and a College grade point average for these courses of at least 2.5. Calculation of this pre-professional g.p.a. will include the grades earned in all courses listed above in addition to departmental pre-professional requirements. The required courses may have been completed at Wayne State or transferred from another institution.

  • How do I become a professional?

    Talk to your engineering undergraduate advisor to learn more about your program’s coursework requirements and procedures for advancing into the professional status.  Your coursework will be electronic and visible via Degreeworks.

  • If i'm admitted to one engineering program, can I change to another?

    Yes, you may change programs after you are admitted.  Many first year required engineering courses can be used for multiple engineering programs.  However, after the first year, the course requirements may become more specific and may not be applicable to a different engineering program.    Talk to an undergraduate advisor to get guidance on how courses would transfer to another engineering program.

  • How do I apply to the College of Engineering undergraduate programs? Is there a secondary application?

    All engineering and computer science undergraduates should apply via the WSU Undergraduate Admissions application.  

    Admissions decisions to the College of Engineering are made by central WSU Admissions Office.  Only Biomedical Engineering requires a secondary application.  You will be notified via email to complete the secondary application.

  • How much is tuition?

    To view tuition and fee estimates, please view our tuition calculator.  You may also be eligible for our tuition discounts based upon your geographical location.

    You may also view the WSU Tuition & Fee Charts.

  • How can I apply for scholarships?

    WSU has several scholarship options available to undergraduate students.  Undergraduate Admissions review applications with the Office of Financial Aid for eligibility.  You can view the scholarship lists from the WSU scholarship page.  Apply by December 1 for full consideration.

  • Do I need a high-end computer?

    Most students arrive with a laptop or desktop computer.  If you want to purchase a new computer,  we recommend selecting a model which costs under $1,000.00.  Our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows us to host all of the processing of our resource intensive software from a computing cluster we've set up in C&IT's data center. This allows students to run the software without installing anything on their personal computer. 

    We recommend staying away from budget computers less than $500.00. Their physical quality seems to be lacking and does not hold up well to daily use in the classroom.