Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know if a career in an engineering field is right for me?

A. Students who enjoy problem solving, brainstorming, and working "hands on" to solve problems generally have an aptitude for a career in an engineering field.

Q. What is the difference between a degree in Applied Engineering and a traditional, professional engineering degree? Does JSU offer traditional engineering degrees?

A. While traditional engineering programs tend to teach the student to develop the latest technology, the Applied Engineering programs at JSU train students to implement, or apply, the latest technology for today's companies. JSU does not offer an engineering degree, but has a two-year pre-engineering program that will permit the majority of students to transfer with junior standing to most undergraduate engineering programs at other colleges and universities.

Q. What should I do while in high school to prepare for pursuing an engineering related career?

A. Students are encouraged to strengthen their background in mathematics and the physical sciences. Algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, solid geometry, general science, physics, chemistry, and any advanced mathematics courses are beneficial to any student interested in pursuing a career in Applied Engineering or Engineering.

Q. How long will it take to earn a degree?

A. All of the undergraduate programs are four year, Bachelor of Science degrees that require a minimum of 128 semester hours. The actual time required to complete a degree varies based on student scheduling preferences.

Q. What about jobs?

A. Placement rates are high. The latest alumni surveys reveal a 94% placement rate with most of the remaining six percent indicating that they choose to be unemployed for personal reasons. Tracking data over the past five years show that 90% of our graduates are employed within four months of graduation. Use the undergraduate programs button to find more information specific to each program.

Q.  Are there department-specific scholarships available?

A.  The JSU VEX Robotics scholarship (ACT 24 - 25; or SAT 1110 -1180); renewable one year, up to 48 hours.

Incoming freshmen planning to pursue a STEM related degree with at minimum ACT composite score of 24 (SAT 1110) that has documented, active participation with VEX robotics in high school and a minimum 2.75 high school GPA. The scholarship will provide 12 semester hours tuition during the fall and spring semester and is renewable provided the student completes a minimum of 12 semester hours per year while maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

This scholarship can not be combined with the JSU Gamecock Scholarship.

Students are considered in-state if they meet the following criteria: Alabama resident or a resident of one of the following Georgia counties: Bartow, Carroll, Chattooga, Coweta, Douglas, Floyd, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk (Documentation may be required), 2016 Alabama high school graduate or 2016 Georgia high school graduate from one of the previously listed counties, entering freshman, unconditionally accepted and U.S. citizen. Official test scores must be on file at JSU prior to the deadline.  See here for more information about applying for this scholarship.

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Incoming Freshmen: Apply for the VEX Robotics Scholarship.  More information here.