Before Orientation

Many new transfer students are eager to find out which courses they will receive credit for and which courses, if any, they should take over the summer. Once you accept your offer of admission, the Dean’s Office will begin to review your transfer courses. Please send an official (sealed) copy to the Virginia Tech Admissions Office showing final grades for recently completed courses so that your transfer credit evaluation will be as accurate as possible.

Since the College of Engineering has a large number of new transfer students each year, transfer credit evaluations take a fair amount of time to complete. We suggest that new transfer students do the following, keeping in mind that only courses with a grade of C or higher will transfer to VT:

  • Visit the transfer equivalency database and determine whether or not each transfer course has been evaluated in the past. If there is no entry for your course, you will not see the course number in the database. You will need to provide a detailed syllabus showing the textbook used and topics covered so your course course can be evaluated. (If you see a VT equivalent course number with an “XXX” in it, your course was not found to be directly equivalent to one of ours.)
  • For the courses you find in the database, mark up a copy of the Proposed 2018 Degree Path Sheet, crossing off courses for which you expect to receive transfer credit. Virginia Tech will not accept transfer credits from any one school based on your transcripts from a different school, so be sure to look up credits based on the school you earned the credits from.
  • For AP, IB, or CLEP credits, see the latest Virginia Tech AP, IB, and CLEP Guide which shows the equivalent VT course number(s) based on the score you earned on each exam. You will need to send your test scores directly to Virginia Tech to have these courses added to your VT transcripts.
  • If you have transfer credits for humanities electives, please see the VT Curriculum for Liberal Education Guide to determine which requirements you have met with your transfer courses.
  • If you have earned a Native VCCS associates degree from a Virginia Community College System School, your humanities electives (“Areas 2, 3, 6, and 7” on the degree path sheet) may be considered to have been met. Be sure to send an official transcript to the VT Registrar’s Office showing that your degree was actually awarded (it may take a month or more after you completed your final course for this to show up on your transcripts).

If you have taken transfer courses that are not in the transfer equivalency database or if you would like to have courses re-evaluated as a group (for example, a set of math courses whose content was divided differently than at VT and a one-to-one correspondence does not exist between individual courses), please obtain a copy of the course syllabi and send them to the College of Engineering’s Academic Affairs Office (212 Hancock Hall).

Based on your marked up degree path sheet, you should be able to get an idea of how long it will take for you to graduate based on your longest string of prerequisite courses (which are connected by arrows on the flow chart). Courses on this longest string should be your highest priority if you decide you plan to take summer courses.

Every transfer student admitted to the College of Engineering is admitted to the GE, or General Engineering, major.  In addition to the course requirements, a transfer student must also generate 12 hours of a competitive Virginia Tech GPA to become eligible to transfer into ME.

Since our department does not receive your transfer credit evaluation until just before transfer orientation, you know more about your transfer credits than our departmental advisors do. We ask that you do not contact our department prior to Transfer Orientation about your transfer credits unless it will directly impact your choice of courses for the summer only. We will discuss suggested Fall schedules and long term course plans with you during orientation, so please attend Transfer Orientation.

If you do need to contact one of our advisors with questions about summer courses, please email us a marked up copy our your degree path sheet indicating the transfer credits you expect to receive. Be sure to use your VT email account and include your name and student ID number in the email. Students with last names starting with A-G should contact Sarah Deisher, H-O should contact Dr. Linda Vick, and P-Z should contact Heather Whedbee.

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Orientation for new transfer students is held in late June.  While it is not mandatory that you attend orientation, it is the only time before the Fall semester begins that you will get one on one help with an advisor with your schedule.  You will be unable to register for courses until your scheduled day of orientation. A special orientation session is held at the start of the Fall semester for international students or students who are unable to attend the June session. Again, note that you will be unable to register for courses until you attend orientation; please attend the June orientation if at all possible so you have a better chance of registering for the courses you need.

For more information on transfer orientation, please see the Orientation website. If you have specific questions about the Engineering portion of the transfer orientation, you may contact Christi Boone from the Dean’s Office.

The Dean’s Office will ask new transfer students about their choice of major prior to orientation. Your tentative transfer credit evaluation form showing which credits you are expected to receive will be forwarded to the department(s) you indicate as your choice of majors.

During orientation, transfer students will spend the first half of the day at the University orientation and will then spend some time with the College of Engineering. Following the Engineering information session, students will be directed to an information session hosted by their future department.

The Mechanical Engineering Department holds a short (~1 hour) group information session. Students will learn a little about the department and will meet the Associate Department Head and the Departmental Academic Advisors. During this session students will be given individualized suggested course plans based on the tentative transfer credit evaluations provided by the Dean’s Office. Students and parents will have an opportunity to consult with an advisor at the end of the session.

To get the most out of orientation, we suggest that you:

  • Provide the Dean’s Office with your most up-to-date transcripts showing final grades as soon as they are available. Students may email or send an unofficial copy of their transcripts showing final grades to the Dean’s Office, but should send the official, final transcript to the Admissions Office.
  • Be sure to send copies of your AP scores to the Registrar’s Office at Virginia Tech so your AP credits can be added to your Virginia Tech transcripts. AP credits will not meet prerequisite requirements until they show up on your Virginia Tech transcripts.
  • Bring a sealed official copy of your high school transcripts if you are planning to use high school courses to meet your foreign language entrance requirement (2 years of the same language in high school language or 1 year of a college-level language). Students who speak English as a second language should meet with the Foreign Languages Department (331 Major Williams) to verify their language of origin to satisfy the foreign language entrance requirement.
  • Check the Transfer Equivalency Database for the courses you have completed at your other college(s). If you don’t see a course in the database, please obtain a copy of a detailed syllabus (showing textbook used, chapters/subjects covered, etc.) for each course that is not in the database so that it can be evaluated more quickly. You can email syllabi for courses from US colleges to Sally Shupe and from international schools to Ryan Waggoner in the Dean’s Office before orientation or bring a copy with you to orientation.
  • Take some time to seriously consider which major you want to pursue at Virginia Tech before you get here. If you chose your major before you come to orientation, you can attend the correct departmental information and your department will have a chance to look over your records before orientation. If you are unsure about a major, we strongly recommend:

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Schedules & Registration Issues

At the orientation, we will provide you with course plans showing some suggestions on how to schedule your remaining courses between now and graduation. The course plans are based on your tentative transfer credit evaluations and may change if your transfer credit evaluation is not accurate. We strongly recommend that you provide all transcripts and syllabi for courses not already in the transfer equivalency database as soon as possible.

It is likely that you will run into registration errors when you try to add some of your courses. Some courses are restricted by GPA;  you will not have a VT GPA. Some will be restricted by major (examples: ME 2024, ME 2124, ECE2054) Because you will be placed in General Engineering  these courses will not be an option for you to choose in drop/add.

Listed below are links with information on some of the courses you may have trouble registering for and what to do. Note that “force-adds” are not done for convenience; if there are open seats available in a class section that fits your schedule, you will be placed there first.

  • ME2124 (Intro Thermal Fluids) – We will set up a quiz on our Scholar website for you to request help adding this course. You must have completed or enroll in differential equations (MATH2214) as a co-requisite to this course.
  • ME2024 (Engineering Design and Econ) – due to space limitations, the major restriction on this course is strictly enforced.  ME2024 is not a prerequisite to other sophomore or junior-level courses.
  • Math courses – please see: the Math Department’s force-add instructions page. This information will be updated before the start of the semester, but in general, force-adds for math courses are not done until the day or two before classes start. If you did not receive transfer credit for a math course, but are confident you have already learned the material, you might consider attempting a credit-by-exam test to try to receive credit for the course. Please contact Tammi Johnston, 460 McBryde, for more information on math credit by exam.
  • ECE courses – ECE2054 (Applied Electrical Theory) and ECE3254 (Industrial Electronics) are major restricted to ME students.  We will set up a quiz on our Scholar website for you to request help adding this course.
  • Junior-level ME courses –  to take junior-level ME courses, transfer students must meet all prerequisites and be in their first semester at VT. Additionally if they have taken any courses at VT an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to be eligible. We will set up a quiz on our Scholar website for you to request help adding this course.
  • ESM courses (ESM2104 (Statics), ESM2204 (Deforms), and ESM2304(Dynamics)) – please fill out the force add request form available on the ESM website (see the list of force-add contacts/instructions on the ENGE website)
  • MSE2034 (Elements of Materials Engineering) – please fill out the MSE force-add survey – see the list of force-add contacts/instructions on the ENGE website.
  • ISE2214 (Manufacturing Processes Lab) – this course is typically very full, and you should keep checking the course timetable for openings. This course is offered  fall, spring & summer 1; be sure to  request it during course request for the next semester if you are unable to add it now.  ISE does not accept force adds for this course.
  • Freshman English (ENGL1105, 1106) – Please email Kathryn Graham and include your full name or student ID number in the email.
  • All other courses: Please contact the department offering the course. Each department handles its own force-adds and overrides its own registration errors.  A list of force-add contacts/instructions can be found on the ENGE website; this list is updated on a regular basis.

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Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Please see the links to the Current Mechanical Engineering Student website for more information about the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum:

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Grading and Grade Requirements

Please see the links to the Current Mechanical Engineering Student website for more information about grades and grade requirements:

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Please see the links to the Current Mechanical Engineering Student website for more information about advising and student support services.

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Information on this website is unofficial. University catalogs and other official documents take precedence over the information that is available here. The material presented here is to aid you in planning your academic program to best fit your interests. Ultimately you are responsible for making sure that you fulfill the graduation requirements. We present these aids to help you achieve your goal of a degree in mechanical engineering.