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Admission into the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

For students transitioning from high school:

Admission to Purdue for undergraduate study in engineering is handled by the Office of Admissions. First-year students enter the First-Year Engineering Program, through which they complete basic coursework (usually two semesters). The First-Year Engineering program provides students time to explore the different majors offered in the College of Engineering. 

The Admissions Criteria page gives the requirements for freshmen. The Undergrad Admissions FAQs page provides answers to many common questions.

For students transitioning from First-Year Engineering (FYE):

Students who have completed the FYE requirements and are ready to move to their professional school of choice will transition through the College of Engineering's Enrollment Management Policy (T2M: Transition to Major) process. The T2M process happens three times a year -- at the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters (December, May, and August).

For admission to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics via T2M, students must complete FYE requirements and have an Engineering Admission Index (EAI) GPA and overall GPA of a 3.2 or higher.

For students transitioning from other majors at Purdue (CODO):

The "Change of Degree Objective" (CODO) process allows students currently registered at Purdue to apply to enter the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. CODO applications are processed at the end of Fall and Spring semesters.

To be eligible to CODO into AAE, a student must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters at Purdue, earned a minimum of 30 credits, and have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Students must also have completed the following courses with a grade of C or higher:

  • MA 16100 or MA 16500
  • MA 16200 or MA 16600
  • CHM 11500
  • PHYS 17200
  • Oral Communication Foundational Outcome course (typically COM 11400)
  • Written Communication Foundational Outcome course (typically ENGL 10600)

It is suggested that students also complete the following courses prior to attempting to CODO:

  • CS 15900
  • CGT 16300

Other CODO requirements include:

  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in any engineering, science, and math courses completed prior to CODO
  • good academic standing with the university (not on academic probation)

Students who meet these requirements will be accepted on a space available basis.

Students who are currently registered at the West Lafayette campus and would like to CODO into AAE should email Lisa Crain.

For students transferring to Purdue from another university:

Information about the process for students who wish to transfer to Purdue from another university can be found on the Office of Admissions website.

The most current information about how Purdue undergraduate courses compare to those of other institutions is available in the Purdue Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide. 

Students who have had college credit transferred to Purdue (through the Admissions Office), who would like it to be evaluated for applicability to the BS-AAE degree should contact Lisa Crain.