FAQs for Prospective Students

What makes Miami's engineering and computing programs different than other schools?

Three things really stand out for Miami’s College of Engineering and Computing (CEC). First, employers and graduate programs highly value the combination of technical and non-technical education that our students receive. Second, experiential opportunities such as internships and co-ops, study abroad, undergraduate research and service organizations are plentiful and highly encouraged at Miami. Third, the close relationships between students and faculty, whether as instructors, advisors or simply friends, help everyone perform at their best.

How do I make sure I get into the College of Engineering and Computing?

Our college has a long history of strong academic performers with a passion for engineering and computing fields. This allows us to directly admit students interested in our majors at the time of applications, and acceptance to Miami University. Simply declare "Undeclared-CEC" or one of our specific majors on your application, and if you're accepted at Miami, you're accepted in CEC at Miami.

How do I become eligible for engineering/computing-based scholarships? 

The first step is declaring one of our majors on the MU application. Next, make sure you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the university by the deadline of February 15th, as it "flips the switch" to make you eligible for all types of aid, even you're determined to have no financial need. We then use the two criteria of major and need, and review them in conjunction with your academic record to make many of our scholarship decisions. Some programs (e.g. Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering) will also have registration parameters that must be followed for eligibility, but the rewards can be great. 

When will I find out if I’ve received an engineering/computing-based scholarship?

The vast majority of our student aid comes through merit-based aid at the university level. We typically make decisions on engineering/computing-based scholarships during the late-March/early-April time frame. This should provide enough time for considering this information in your college decision regarding Miami, whose confirmation deadline is May 1. If there is additional scholarship money left over after confirmations have been received, then additional awards may be made into the summer months.

How do I visit CEC at Miami?

Submit the Online Reservation Form or contact us at 513-529-0700. Our standing meeting times (including a 30-minute discussion/Q&A and a 60-minute tour) are Mondays and Fridays from 10:30 AM-12 PM. If these times do not fit your visiting schedule, then contact us at 513-529-0700 to arrange a time that is convenient for you. You may also want to arrange, through the Office of Admission, a campus overview and tour on the same day. Please check the Office of Admission visitation website

What is the likelihood that I will complete my engineering or computer science degree in four years?

Very high! Our CEC majors are designed to be completed in four years from matriculation at Miami. This four-year plan still allows opportunities for summer internships, some study abroad programs, undergraduate research and other prospects.

What is the ABET accreditation status of CEC majors?

Due to regularly updated content pertaining to ABET accreditation, current information can be found on each individual major's webpage.

What do CEC students gain from an internship or co-op experience?

CEC students are empowered to develop skills to help them long-term with respect to career searches and job prospects. To that end, students are encouraged to register with Miami’s Career Services to apply, prepare and interview for internship, co-op, and permanent positions. By learning the job-search process in the internship/co-op stages, students have done much of the homework they need to have a more effective permanent job search. They will know the dos/don’ts of interviewing, the differences between the types of engineering/computing positions, the kind of industries that strike their fancy and so on. We want to allow students and companies the flexibility to choose a system that works for them, whether it means hiring students after their first year, having an extended co-op or internship term (say, January through August) or possibly offering an international experience. Most Miami CEC students choose to do summer internships because the summer timeframe fits better with Miami’s curricular structure, but some do a more traditional co-op rotation. Some students are ready after one year of college, while others are better served waiting a year or two longer. If it works for the student and company, it works for CEC and Career Services.

Are there study abroad opportunities in CEC?

Absolutely! We highly encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and there are multiple ways for students to do this. Contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. The most common way is to study at Miami’s Luxembourg campus in the heart of Europe. Other options include a summer or winter CEC Study Abroad program in places like Poland, Germany, South Korea, India, Italy, and more. Another approach to gaining experience abroad is to participate in the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) organization. This is a successful professional chapter at Miami whose goal is to develop engineering solutions for underprivileged regions of the world. An example of this type of project is a clean water system project in Ecuador, allowing the residents there access to clean drinking water. One difference between an EWB project and a coursework-based study abroad is that no academic credit is earned through EWB, though the experience itself may be far more rewarding.

Can I participate in the Miami Honors program as a CEC student?

Certainly! CEC students at Miami currently represent over 20% of the students in the University Honors program here. This is despite having only about 10% of the overall student population at Miami. Due to our size and the high participation rate in the University Honors program, CEC does not have a separate Honors program. However, many different engineering and computing endeavors mesh extremely well with the experience-based outcomes expected of the Honors program. Please see the Miami Honors page for more information.