The pre-engineering advisor is Dr. Michael Oudshoorn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
High Point University offers a 3-2 degree program in engineering with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Students enrolled at High Point University and interested in a career in engineering, may, upon successful completion of an approved three-year program in pre-engineering curriculum, transfer to Virginia Tech to complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Depending on the engineering discipline, they may receive a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from High Point University. Students can apply to Virginia Tech after the completion of two of three years at High Point University. With the recommendation of High Point University and the successful completion of the three-year course of study and approved GPA, students will be assured of admission. The completion of the course work at Virginia Tech will normally require two to three years depending on the engineering discipline and may also require some summer courses taken at Virginia Tech.
As a supplement to your academic advisor, the pre-engineering advisor will work one-on-one with you as well as offer you extracurricular and resume building opportunities. Our pre-engineering advisor will provide you with a structured three-year academic plan, as well as provide guidance with all matters related to transfers to Virginia Tech.
Since High Point University now offers degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, the 3-2 program is primarily aimed at students interested in other engineering disciplines.
Students who wish to participate in the 3-2 program must first complete one semester of suggested courses and meet the following requirements at the end of the first semester:
Many fields of engineering require the following courses in mathematics:
Some fields of engineering may require more mathematics courses. Contact your pre-engineering advisor and consult with an advisor at Virginia Tech for more information and details.
*At a minimum, students must take Mathematics for Engineers I their first semester at HPU. If a student does not place into Mathematics for Engineers I, students must take Pre-calculus during the summer prior to freshman year.
**The prerequisite set by the Department of Mathematics is a C or higher. However, in order to continue in the 3-2 Engineering program, you may not receive a grade lower than a C in any math course.
At the end of three years of study at HPU, a student must meet the following requirements in order to transfer to one of the partner engineering schools:
Recommended 3-2 courses of study for Computer, Electrical, Biomedical, Mechanical, Civil, and Chemical Engineering can be found here:
Virginia Tech does not currently offer a BS in Biomedical Engineering.
Engineering is a mathematically intensive discipline. All of the recommended 3-2 courses of study begin with Calculus I in the first semester of the freshman year and, at a minimum, include three semesters of calculus, and a semester each of linear algebra and differential equations.
Some semesters may require a load greater than 18 credit hours. Additional tuition must be paid for each additional credit hour above 18. Alternatively, some of the required courses can be taken in summer school. Because of the heavy load of courses that need to be completed in three years, you should expect to attend summer school.
It is important that you speak directly with the 3-2 Engineering advisor (Michael Oudshoorn – email@example.com) before beginning any 3-2 course of study.
The earliest you would be able to graduate and receive your degree from HPU (if you complete the four-year plan in its intended order) would be at the end of your first year at Virginia Tech, or another engineering school. In order to graduate from HPU, you must have earned a total of 128 credits. Typically, by the end of the 3rd year at HPU, pre-engineering students will have earned between 90 and 100 credits. You will likely have to take a number of courses at Virginia Tech, or another engineering school, and transfer the credits back to HPU to obtain a total of 128 credits.
No. You will have officially transferred to an outside engineering school and you will pay the tuition and fees charged by that institution.
One option would be to remain at HPU an additional year and complete the four-year degree that you have been working toward. A second option would be to apply for transfer to an engineering school other than Virginia Tech. It still may be possible to obtain dual degrees if you attend another engineering school, although it may take longer to do so.
Because of the large number of required courses that must be completed in three years, it is not possible to participate in a traditional study abroad program. However, it may be possible to participate in a Global Experience program. These are short term, faculty-led trips, many of which involve international travel. You can review these programs on the study abroad website.
There are currently no active engineering clubs at HPU. Students interested in mechanical, civil, or biomedical engineering are encouraged to participate in SPS (Society of Physics Students Club), and those interested in chemical engineering are encouraged to participate in ACS (American Chemical Society Club).
SPS – Society of Physics Students Club
Membership Criteria: All students interested in physics and astronomy.
Advisor: Aaron Titus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ACS – American Chemical Society Club
Membership Criteria: All students interested in chemistry.
Advisor: Todd Knippenberg (email@example.com)
Computer Science students can get involved with the following:
Computer Science Society
Membership Criteria: All students interested in Computer Science
Advisor: Roger Shore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Membership Criteria: All students interested in Computer Science. The HPU chapter is maintained by the Computer Science Society. There is a fee to become a member of the ACM. More information on membership can be found here.
Advisor: Roger Shore (email@example.com)
Another extremely value opportunity for involvement on campus is:
Membership Criteria: Students with an interest in Engineering, Computer Science, or Physics. There is an application process for this organization- contact the group advisors for more information.
Advisors: Roger Shore (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jeff Regester (email@example.com)