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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Admission Test Scores

What are the average admission test scores for students who are accepted into the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science?

  • 28 ACT
  • 1180 SAT
  • 3.5 GPA
AP and IB Credits

Do you accept AP and/or IB credits?

The University of Denver accepts AP and IB credits. Depending on the course, you must earn a score of 4 or 5 to transfer the credit. See a detailed list of courses and scores required visit the Admissions website.

Engineering Scholarships

Are engineering scholarships available? How do I apply or qualify?

Scholarships are awarded based primarily on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and merit. Some donors have established specific requirements for recipients of their scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid notifies the Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering department chairs of the students who qualify for the scholarships. The department chairs make the award decisions. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for the application process.

Courses in the first year

What courses can I expect to take my first year?

A complete listing of all required courses for our engineering degrees can be found in our Engineering Program Plan. Typically, first-year engineering students take calculus, physics, engineering and English courses, as well as First Year Seminar. You will also have the opportunity to work in lab settings and on projects. This solid foundation in mechanical, electrical and computer engineering is intended to help you identify which engineering discipline is the best fit for you. 

What are first-year projects like?

Each first-year student is required to submit a special project. To see an example, click on this  video.

Computer Requirements

What type of computer am I required to have?

Please visit the University Technology Services site for the latest information on computer and laptop requirements.  You do not have to worry about buying/installing software until you arrive on campus. We will inform you as to what software to buy, where to go for the best pricing, and what we will provide free access to in the classes that need the software.

Available Tutoring

What if I want extra help? Are tutors available?

The Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science provides FREE tutoring weekdays and weekends for all engineering undergraduate students. You can stop by for clarification on course work, assistance with homework or help with test preparation from third-year, fourth-year and graduate engineering students.  Currently we hold tutoring hours in the STEM Help Center in Anderson Academic Commons (DU Library) which is located in the center of campus.  Our tutoring schedule is updated quarterly and posted outside the engineering administration offices and on the engineering tutoring Facebook page.  In addition to tutoring help, many of our graduate teaching assistants will hold specific engineering course office hours at this same location.

Life outside of Engineering

Will I have a life as an engineering student?

The Ritchie School offers a flexible curriculum that enables students to study and participate in outside activities, including university-level and club-level sports, or earn a minor outside engineering with ease. You'll find engineering students taking advantage of life in Denver and the Rocky Mountains throughout the year.

To learn more about life as an engineering student, click on this video.