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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Change of Degree Objective into First-Year Engineering Program

  1. I am taking a Calculus course for four credits to meet Category 1, a science course for Category 2 for three credits, and a two credit course for Category 3 for a total of nine credits.  Am I eligible to CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program?
  2. Can I submit a CODO application to an Engineering School (major) and to First-Year Engineering at the same time?
  3. My current advisor stated that I can take more than 18 credit hours in the following semester.  Will First-Year Engineering provide the override for more than 18 credit hours when I CODO to First-Year Engineering?
  4. Does First-Year Engineering have Conditional CODO?
  5. Does CHM 11100 cancel out the grade I made in CHM 11500 at Purdue/West Lafayette when I apply for a CODO to First-Year Engineering?
  6. Is there a deadline to submit a CODO application to First-Year Engineering?
  7. Where can I obtain a CODO application?
  8. Where can I find the requirements for a CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program?
  9. Can I meet with a First-Year Engineering advisor if I have a question about making a CODO to First-Year Engineering?
  10. I have unique circumstances which caused me to not perform well.  Will exceptions be made to the CODO policy to meet my unique situation?
  11. Does the criteria to CODO change?

1. I am taking a Calculus course for four credits to meet Category 1, a science course for Category 2 for three credits, and a two credit course for Category 3 for a total of nine credits.  Am I eligible to CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program?

No, a minimum of 10 credits must be completed at PU/West Lafayette for a letter grade. All courses taken for a letter grade at PU/West Lafayette that meet Category 1 and 2 criteria will be utilized when considering a CODO to First-Year Engineering. Only one graded course taken at PU/West Lafayette will be utilized for Category 3 criteria.   The course used to meet Category 3 is outlined on our website.  A student with nine credits total would need to take an additional course in either Category 1 or 2 to meet the 10 credit minimum requirement. 

2. Can I submit a CODO application to an Engineering School (major) and to First-Year Engineering at the same time?

No, you should submit a CODO application to either an Engineering School (major) or to First-Year Engineering, but not to both.

3. My current advisor stated that I can take more than 18 credit hours in the following semester.  Will First-Year Engineering provide the override for more than 18 credit hours when I CODO to First-Year Engineering?

If a student successfully makes a CODO to First-Year Engineering, the First-Year Engineering assigned advisor will assess the previous semester’s performance to determine whether a credit hour override is feasible.  The decision is not based on the previous advisor’s decision.

4. Does First-Year Engineering have Conditional CODO?

No, CODO to First-Year Engineering is determined after all applications have been processed. This process begins once grades post and typically takes two weeks to process depending on the number of CODO applications received.  All applications are processed before students are notified.

5. Does CHM 11100 cancel out the grade I made in CHM 11500 at Purdue/West Lafayette when I apply for a CODO to First-Year Engineering?

No, if CHM 11500 is taken for a letter grade at PU/West Lafayette and then CHM 11100 is also taken, the CHM 11100 grade does not exclude the CHM 11500 grade.  When applying for a CODO to First-Year Engineering, you should take either CHM 11500 (preferred) or CHM 11100, but not both. CHM 11100 does not exclude a student’s CHM 11500 earned grade.

6. Is there a deadline to submit a CODO application to First-Year Engineering?

Yes, the final day to submit CODO applications will be published on our First-Year Engineering website about three weeks after each new semester. Please check our website for the CODO submission deadline.

7. Where can I obtain a CODO application?

CODO applications are now submitted online and can be obtained by visiting your current advisor who will generate the application for you.

8. Where can I find the requirements for a CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program?

The requirements to make a successful CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program can be found on the First-Year Engineering website.

9. Can I meet with a First-Year Engineering advisor if I have a question about making a CODO to First-Year Engineering?

Yes, however, you will not be able to make an appointment to meet with a First-Year Engineering advisor through Boiler Connect.  You are welcome to come to our walk-in hours.  Walk-in hours are 8:00 AM to 4:50 PM Monday-Friday when the university is in session.  Walk-ins are held to 15 minutes and are open for potential CODO students beginning the third week of each new semester.  You should read the First-Year Engineering CODO requirements before coming to walk-ins. 

10. I have unique circumstances which caused me to not perform well.  Will exceptions be made to the CODO policy to meet my unique situation?

Exceptions to our CODO policy cannot be made.  We experience a large number of CODO applications, and consistent application of our policy provides a fair and transparent process for all students.  Therefore, exceptions cannot be made to our CODO policy. 

11. Does the criteria to CODO change?

The criteria to CODO to First-Year Engineering can change, but only with advance notice.  It is important that you check our CODO policy with your current advisor when you enter Purdue University.


Created January 8, 2019