General Engineering Undergraduates

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The Department of Engineering Education is home to all first-year and transfer engineering students. Once specific course requirements are complete, students become eligible to declare a degree granting engineering major offered at Virginia Tech.

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes

The Program Education Objective for the General Engineering Program in the Department of Engineering Education is to prepare first-year and transfer engineering students for academic success in a degree-granting engineering program. More specifically, students will

  • select an engineering major that aligns with their interests and aptitudes,
  • have the academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the following year, and
  • develop a sense of belonging and identification with engineering to support long-term persistence toward a degree.

These objectives are supported by a curriculum through which students will achieve the following student outcomes at the end of their first year:

  1. demonstrate a basic understanding of the engineering profession;
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of professional skills in engineering;
  3. demonstrate a basic understanding of and capacity for problem solving;
  4. demonstrate a basic understanding of and ability in engineering software tools for mathematical analysis, data acquisition and manipulation, and graphical representation of engineering objects and processes;
  5. demonstrate a basic understanding of the engineering design process;

First-Year Student Enrollment and Matriculation

Student Descriptor 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19
Incoming1 1,427 1,377 1,747 1,644 2,049 1,890
Matriculating2 1,206 1,061 1,345 1,300 1,556 1,424
Continuing3 105 198 222 179 285 233
Leaving Engineering4 45 46 69 80 124 76
Leaving VT5 71 72 111 85 84 157
  1. Total number of students entering GE program in academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II).
  2. Total number of students who entered GE in the academic year that matriculate to a degree-granting engineering major by the end of their first academic year.
  3. Total number of students who entered GE in the academic year who remained in GE at the start of their second academic year.
  4. Total number of students who entered GE in the academic year who change to a major at Virginia Tech outside the college of engineering prior to the start of their second academic year.
  5. Total number of students who entered GE in the academic year who left Virginia Tech prior to the start of their second academic year.