What is Computer Engineering?

Computer engineering is the design and analysis of computer hardware and software. The computer engineering program at the University of Cincinnati integrates pertinent science and mathematics courses with electrical engineering and computer courses in order to develop an engineer capable of designing and analyzing all aspects of modern computer systems. 

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank, GPA and co-curricular activities. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA. 

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 unit)

Successful computer engineers have a strong foundation in math and science. Skills in calculus and physics are particularly important. Computer engineers are problem solvers and enjoy thinking outside of the box to develop creative solutions to problems. 

Graduates of this major pursue many different careers.  A few examples include:

  • Technology and computer design
  • Hardware/software engineering
  • Computer testing
  • Computer manufacturing

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

Application Deadlines

Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The computer engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.