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. 


General Requirement


  • Minimum Semesters: 1
  • Minimum West Lafayette Credit Hours: 12
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.7
  • Students must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation).


Course Requirements

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 or better AND a C- or better in the following categories.

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

Category 2: Any Science course from the following list, at P-WL campus for a grade (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. All category 2 courses completed will be used in the calculation of the CODO GPA.

Category 3: Only one category 3 course from the following list will be used to calculate the CODO GPA.  If more than one category 3 course is completed with a grade, the course used in the calculation will be selected in the following order. 

  • An Introductory Engineering course (ENGR 13100, 13200, 16100, 16200, 13300)
  • 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 a Humanities or Behavioral and Social Science course is the only course completed for a grade in Category 3, and more than one Humanities or Behavioral and Social Science Foundation course is completed, the highest graded Humanities or Behavioral and Social Science Foundation course will be used in calculating the CODO GPA for Category 3.


Other Requirements

  • Students must view First-Year Engineering CODO Video, complete the FYE CODO Survey questions. See below under Process for links. 
  • Students are accepted for FALL and SPRING.
  • Students are admitted are admitted on a SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS ONLY after holistic review. Space is extremely limited. Meeting the stated minimun 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.

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



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 Survey questions.

Step 4:  To request a CODO at the conclusion of Spring 2023, 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  


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
  • Overall GPA and grades in academic coursework at P-WL campus
  • Grades related to intended major
  • Trends in achievement over time 
  • Answers to FYE CODO survey 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. 



Fall 2018 and Previous Years

Updated February 2, 2023