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Information for Prospective Undergraduate Students

Mechanical engineers are creating new, important technologies that impact upon every aspect of our lives. They design and manufacture everything from medical devices to jet engines, and they integrate computer chips into smart products.

The goal of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide students with a balance of intellectual and practical experiences that enable them to address a variety of societal needs.

The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to provide students with a wide range of options within the field of mechanical engineering. The discipline is very broad, encompassing elements of these areas:

  • energy science and technology
  • propulsion
  • sensing and control
  • nano- and micro-mechanics
  • design mechatronics
  • computational simulation
  • solid and fluid dynamics
  • micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • biomechanical engineering

Admissions Process

Prospective undergraduates interested in studying Mechanical Engineering at Stanford apply to the university through the Undergraduate Admissions Office - not directly to the Mechanical Engineering department. This allows Stanford students to explore a wide range of possible major fields before committing to a specific one. Once convinced that Mechanical Engineering is the appropriate field, students may declare the major during the sophomore or junior year. The major is open to all Stanford undergraduate students in good academic standing.

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More information can be found at the Stanford Admissions office.