Future Students

The demand for mechanical engineers with a good technical education has been high for many years.

Why Choose NDSU?

The Mechanical Engineering Department at NDSU will provide you with a hands-on education designed to meet the needs of industry and find solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world.

Mechanical engineers are found in nearly all segments of society. They work in industry, consulting practices, government facilities and universities.

We offer an education that enables our graduates opportunities and experiences in all facets of the profession. Your career could include everything from designing large industrial machinery and power plants to developing nanotechnology and new materials.

Let us show you all our department and the college have to offer.

Affordable Excellence

We offer affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked research university. You will have access to modern laboratories and equipment, learn to use engineering software used by companies around the world and be taught by faculty who are leaders in their field.

Exciting Opportunities

Our student organizations participate in and win national design competitions and our undergraduates get the chance to work with faculty on cutting-edge research projects. You will also have the opportunity to participate in internships with a wide variety of companies.

In-demand Careers

With your degree from NDSU you will be in demand. Our program has a strong reputation around the region and around the country. Employers continually seek our hardworking graduates. Recent graduates have found employment in companies throughout the United States. The average starting salary is approximately $61,000.

The NDSU Experience

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High School Preparation

To enroll in the mechanical engineering curriculum for the freshman year, students should have two years of high school algebra and one year of trigonometry, as well as a year in chemistry and physics. Students without these courses may take them at NDSU to better prepare academically for a specific engineering curriculum.

Selective Admission

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has minimum admission requirements for new freshmen and transfer students. New freshmen must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.2/4.0 or have a minimum math ACT of 26 or SAT math sub score of 590. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7.

Cooperative Education

Students in mechanical engineering are encouraged to participate in the Cooperative Education Program at NDSU.  It consists of one or more four-month sessions of work experience after completion of the sophomore year.  This optional industry experience provides students with hands-on opportunities not available in the classroom, and makes students more marketable to employers after graduation.


NDSU is proud of the number of academically talented students who enter the university each year. Students applying for admission are encouraged to review the award opportunities available including guaranteed and named scholarships.

Student Organizations

You’ll be able to develop your leadership skills and the ability to work in teams, gain real-world experience and network with professionals in our student organizations.

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