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First-Year Engineering at Purdue

Beginning engineering students enroll in the First-Year Engineering Program and complete a common first year curriculum before moving to their major (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc.).  The First-Year Engineering program serves about 2,500 students each year, including new students, students transferring from other universities, and students moving from another academic unit at the West Lafayette campus to engineering.

First-year students take math, chemistry, physics, English, and communications courses plus the ENGR 131-132 sequence or equivalent engineering design course sequence which is taught by Engineering Education (ENE) faculty.  In ENGR 131-132, students cover topics such as data visualization and analysis, ethics, engineering design, application of basic programming to the solution of engineering problems, development of mathematical models to solve engineering problems, teamwork skills, and professional communications.  In First-Year Engineering, students from a wide range of backgrounds develop a common knowledge base and skill set they will need as they move through their engineering degree program.  ENE employs ten advisors who help the first-year students plan their course of study and provide many of the resources students need as they make the transition to college life.

The mission of this student-oriented program is to advise, prepare, and retain outstanding students for degree programs in Purdue's College of Engineering.

Advising Information

Talk to an FYE Advisor

FYE Requirements

Registration portal (, including MyPurduePlan

Transition to Major (T2M) process

Think Summer

Entering First-Year Engineering

New Student FAQs

Information for Transfer Students

CODO (change of major) from other programs at Purdue (For Fall 2020, please have your current advisor submit the electronic CODO application anytime between January 20, 2020 to May 8, 2020, 3:00 PM. Late applications will not be accepted.)

Engineering Schools and Disciplines

Degree Programs and four-year plans of study

Learn about Engineering disciplines

Help and Resources

Academic Help and Tutoring

Career Planning for FYE Students

University Resources

Sources for Personal Help

ENE Facilities - the Ideas to Innovations Laboratory

Information about the Engineering Honors Program

Engineering Student Organizations

Last Updated: May 27, 2020