First-Year Engineering (FYE) CODO Policy

The "Change of Degree Objective" (CODO) process allows students currently registered at Purdue to apply to enter the First-Year Engineering Program (FYE). CODO applications are processed at the end of fall and spring semesters. 

Requirements

General Requirements

  • Minimum Semesters: One Semester
  • Minimum Courses/Credits: 3 courses (9 credits minimum) in the categories as described below
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Student may not be on probation.

Other Requirements

  • View First-Year Engineering CODO Video and complete short-answer questions. See below under Process for links.
  • First-Year Engineering processes CODO applications at the end of Spring and Fall semesters. CODO applications will not be accepted at the conclusion of summer. 

Course Requirements

To be eligible, a student must complete 3 courses (9 credits minimum) at Purdue/West Lafayette campus for a letter grade of C- or higher (or for the Spring 2020 semester, a P), from the following categories:

Category 1:  Any MA courses from the following list, at P-WL campus with a grade of C- or better (or for the Spring 2020 semester, a P): MA 16100, 16200, 16500, 16600, 26100, 26200, 26500, 26600 or 30300.  All category 1 courses will be used in the calculation of the CODO GPA. 

Category 2: Any Science course from the following list, at P-WL campus with a grade of C- or better (or for the Spring 2020 semester, a P): BIOL 11000, 11100, 12100 and 13500, 22100, 23100; CHM 11100 and 11200, 11500, 11600, 12300, 12400, 12500, 12600, 12901, 13600, 25500, 25501, 25700, 26100, 26200, 26300, 26400, 37000; CS 15900, 18000; PHYS 17200, 24100, 25200, 27200.

Category 3: An Introductory Engineering course (ENGR-13100, 13200, 16100, 16200, 13300), or a course from one of the following Foundational Outcomes lists: Written Communication, Oral Communication, Humanities, or Behavioral and Social Sciences, at P-WL with a grade of C- or better (or for the Spring 2020 semester, a P). 

Other Requirements

Students will be admitted on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. Meeting the stated requirements does not guarantee admission into FYE; rather these are the minimum requirements needed for eligibility. Eligible students will be reviewed holistically and considered for acceptance on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. To learn more about holistic review, see below.

The CODO GPA will be calculated based on all graded courses from the P-WL campus in Categories 1 and 2. Only one category 3 course will be used to calculate CODO GPA, selected in the following order:

  • ‚ÄčAn Introductory Engineering course. 
  • A course from the Written Communications Foundational Outcome list.
  • A course from the Oral Communications Foundational Outcome list
  • A course from the Humanities or Behavioral and Social Sciences Foundational Outcome lists.

Note: If the category 3 course selected was taken for a Pass in Spring 2020, it will not impact the CODO GPA. If a Humanities or Behavioral and Social Science Foundational course is the only course completed for a grade in Category 3, and more than one Humanities is completed, the highest graded Humanities will be used in calculating the CODO GPA for Category 3.

  • All courses used to fulfill Category 1, 2, and 3 must be taken on the P-WL campus for a letter grade. (For the Spring 2020 semester, a Pass will be accepted in lieu of a letter grade for any Category 1, 2, or 3 course). 
  • Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation).

Note: All requirements are included on the university CODO page.

FYE CODO for AY 2018-2019 and previous years

CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program has limited space. New beginners for Fall 2018 and previous years are guaranteed CODO admission if students complete all requirements listed above, including a CODO GPA of 3.20 or higher. For new beginners in Fall 2019 and beyond, CODO admission into First-Year Engineering will be based on completing all the requirements listed above, a required CODO GPA, and space availability.


Process

The process to be eligible to CODO into the First-Year Engineering Program is as follows:

Step 1:  Work closely with your current college/school advisor in the selection of the required coursework to meet the CODO requirements to First-Year Engineering.

Step 2:  View the pre-recorded CODO video presentation.

Step 3: Answer the First-Year Engineering CODO short answer questions.

Step 4:  To request a CODO at the conclusion of Fall 2022, please have your current advisor submit the electronic CODO application anytime between now and the Thursday of finals week no later than 5:00 PM. Late applications will not be accepted.

Step 5:  If after viewing the CODO video, you have questions that your current advisor is unable to answer, you can send your questions to engrinfo@purdue.edu.  

CODO to the First-Year Engineering Program has limited space. New beginners for Fall 2018 and previous years are guaranteed CODO admission if students complete all requirements listed above, including a CODO GPA of 3.20 or higher. For new beginners in Fall 2019 and beyond, CODO admission into First-Year Engineering will be holistically reviewed (see below).

Application evaluation - Holistic review

First-Year Engineering applications are reviewed individually and holistically with three primary questions in mind:

  • Is the student academically prepared to succeed and thrive in the FYE program and the undergraduate engineering degrees? 
  • How will the student contribute to the learning experience of their peers and ultimately to the mission of the program?
  • Is the student a competitive candidate in the context of the overall pool of applicants for the program based on available space?

Applications will be reviewed by at least two people working with the First-Year Engineering Program. We will consider the following factors in order to answer the questions above: 

  • FYE CODO course requirements
  • CODO GPA 
  • Overall grades in academic coursework at P-WL campus
  • Grades related to intended major
  • Trends in achievement over time 
  • Answers to FYE CODO essay questions
  • Space availability

What does it take to be accepted?

Admission to First-Year Engineering is competitive. Applications will be evaluated in relation to the full cohort of applicants. Acceptance depends on the student’s qualifications, the qualifications of others in the pool, and availability of space in engineering courses and in academic advising. 


Updated September 14, 2022