Students in the College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are among the best at the University of Cincinnati. The Mechanical Engineering Program is the most competitive program in the College. With your background, you should possess the academic skills to enable you to successfully complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
You should manage your time and efforts so that your academic needs have a high priority. Completing an engineering degree requires that you make your studies a top commitment. Faculty in the College generally expect that students study two to three hours outside of class for every hour in class. Assuming a 15 credit hour semester, you should be spending 50 to 60 hours a week on your studies. All students in the Program are expected to be full time students. We do not recommend that you attempt part time or full time employment while you are taking classes.
If you have problems with any phase of your life at UC or in the Department, seek help as soon as possible. Too often students procrastinate until they are beyond simple solutions. The faculty and staff in the College and Program are willing to help you solve your problems but you must assume the responsibility for your actions. If you need help and don't know whom to see or how to resolve your concerns, stop in the Department Office (598 Rhodes Hall) and ask for assistance.
Your success in college depends on many things. Some are regular class attendance and the successful completion of homework. Many students have difficulties making the transition from high school to college. You must pass your first semester classes in order to move forward in the curriculum.
Poor grades are seldom an indication of lack of intelligence. They most often represent poor study habits, lack of motivation for engineering as a career, poor preparation, personal problems or many other non-academic issues. But, poor grades will always result in action being taken by the Committee on Academic Standards. Therefore, if you receive poor grades, seek help.
Our experience indicates that you can be most successful if you develop a weekly schedule in which academic requirements receive a high priority. Learn how to study effectively. Spending hours studying and only working one or two problems is not very effective. Do not get behind in your classes and then attempt to compensate by neglecting other classes. Many students find that spending part of their study time with friends is a good technique. If you do not understand a problem, a friend might help you understand that problem and vice-versa. However, don't spend all your study time in teams. You must learn to work and study on your own.
Also, do not neglect your personal health by failing to secure the necessary rest and relaxation. The University provides many opportunities (many free) for other experiences.