Undergraduate Program

BS Degree

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Our Program

Mechanical engineering is a versatile and interdisciplinary field that includes everything from design at the molecular level to system integration of large-scale manufacturing machinery. Our program integrates theory and hands-on experiences to prepare graduates to creatively solve our world’s challenges through innovation. 

Our state-of-the-art laboratories, student clubs, research, and machine shops give students opportunities to participate in our unique Learn by Doing curriculum from day one. Our hands-on approach prepares students to become successful and resourceful leaders in industry, government, and society.

How do I apply?

Cal Poly only accepts applications for the fall term. Interested applicants must submit the Cal State Apply online application with the $70.00 application fee, electronically by November 30, 2020.

  • Late applications are not accepted.
  • All applicants will be notified via email of the admission decision by April 1.
  • Selected applicants must accept or decline our offer of admission by May 1.

Freshman Selection Criteria

Admission to Cal Poly is competitive in all majors. Cal Poly continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All students must declare a major when submitting their application. Cal Poly comprehensively reviews all applications as we look for students who have strong academic records and are active in and outside the classroom. Beyond the basic qualifications for the California State University, Cal Poly considers other factors for admission deemed important to the campus and does so in an objective format. In fact, it is impossible to predict a candidate’s chances of admission by looking at the academic record alone. All candidates are objectively evaluated by the cognitive and non-cognitive variables under the faculty-mandated Multi-Criteria Admission (MCA) process. When we review your application, we consider:

  • Your intended program of study (the major to which the application is made)
  • Your college-preparatory courses in secondary school
  • GPA earned in college-preparatory courses
  • Standardized test scores
  • Your extra-curricular activities and work experience

Coursework with a Grade of C or Better

CSU required coursework taken during 9th to 11th grades and in progress or planned during 12th grade.














Advanced Math



Language Other than English



Lab Science
(Must include 1 year of a Biological Science and 1 year of a Physical Science)



Social Sciences
(Must include 1 year of US History or US History and Government)



Visual Performing Arts






Electives can be taken in 9-12 grades but must fall within the following subject areas (above): Visual and Performing Arts, History, Social Science, English, Advanced Mathematics, Science and languages other than English.

Middle School Coursework (if applicable)
Cal Poly will give consideration for coursework taken in 7th and 8th grade for Mathematics and Language Other than English only. The coursework must be entered into the application to receive consideration; it will not be assumed. The courses and grades received should be entered under 9thgrade in the High School Coursework section.
In order to receive consideration, the same course cannot be repeated in 9th grade; students must continue on in the course progression. Example: If a student takes Spanish 1 in 8th grade, they must take Spanish 2 in 9th grade to receive consideration for Spanish 1. 

Academic Performance

College prep GPA Calculated by Cal Poly for 9th -11th grade coursework designated on the application (with honors points granted for courses designated as “honors,” “college,” “advanced placement” or “international baccalaureate” on a high school transcript, for up to eight semesters).

Standardized Test Scores

Only ACT or SAT I scores are used in the selection process. If you are applying for the Fall Quarter, scores from ACT or SAT tests taken after November are not guaranteed to be used in the selection process.

Work Experience/Extra-curricular Activity Participation

This information is taken only from the four questions found on the CalState Apply application.

All information is subject to change without prior notice.

Visit the Cal Poly freshman admissions page for more information.

What can I specialize in?

During your junior and senior year, you can specialize in the area that best fits your goals and interests.

  • General – Students gain a fundamental understanding of engineering sciences, including mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering design. 
  • HVAC&R – The HVAC&R Concentration prepares students for careers in the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry, with a focus on the design of mechanical systems for commercial and industrial buildings.
  • Manufacturing 
  • Mechatronics – Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical, and computer technologies in the design of complex products and processes. 

What are the classes like?

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ME 236 | Measurement and Engineering Data AnalysisME 328 | Design for Strength and StiffnessME 422 | Mechanical Control Systems
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IME 141 | Manufacturing Processes: Net ShapeIME 143 | Manufacturing Processes: Materials Joining 
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