Change of Degree Objective (CODO)

The “Change of Degree Objective” (CODO) process allows engineering students at the Purdue West Lafayette campus who have completed all First-Year Engineering (FYE) requirements to apply for admission to the School of Mechanical Engineering. Students outside the College of Engineering must first CODO into First Year Engineering and complete those program requirements before admission into ME. CODOs are accepted based on enrollment capacity and meeting the minimum academic qualifications outlined below. As such, there are no guarantees of admission. CODO applications will be processed at the end of the every Fall and Spring semester.

Application Deadline

CODO application must be submitted before the deadline to be considered. For CODO consideration at the conclusion of the Fall or Spring term, applications will only be accepted in ME Undergraduate Advising Office (ME 2008), during Dead Week of the Fall or Spring Term.  Applications will only be accepted during Dead Week because students should not submit an application for CODO if they know they will not meet the minimum qualifications below.  Late applications will not be accepted. The student should not submit an application for CODO if they know they will not meet the minimum qualifications below. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor in their current engineering professional school to make sure that they are eligible to CODO into Mechanical Engineering.

Applications will be evaluated the week that final grades post (which is the week after the Final Exam week) each Fall and Spring semester and applicants will be contacted by a ME advisor via their Purdue email account as to the status of their application.

CODO Qualifications

To be eligible for a CODO into the School of Mechanical Engineering, a student must have:

  1. successfully completed the FYE program requirements.
  2. take a minimum of 12 credit hours of professional engineering coursework (beyond the First-Year Engineering Program) for a letter grade on the Purdue West Lafayette campus in the CODOing semester..
  3. registered for a minimum of 15 credit hours in the CODOing semester to be considered.
  4. earned a minimum 3.4 GPA in all completed ME core courses (or engineering professional school course equivalencies)*
    (core GPA calculator)
  5. submitted their signed CODO papers during Dead Week in the Fall or Spring to the ME Undergraduate Office (ME 2008)

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission into Mechanical Engineering (due to potential space and enrollment constraints), but is essential for consideration. Additionally, a student will NOT be accepted for CODO if he or she is on academic probation.

Click here for more complete details and procedures for CODO.

Questions regarding this policy?  Contact Kristin Deckard Dawson (