Welcome, prospective undergraduate students! We hope you'll consider joining our community of mechanical engineers at Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering. Apply now!

Interested in transferring to the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder? You are considered a transfer student if you have been enrolled at another college or university since graduating from high school. The exact steps to transfer vary depending on whether you’re coming from a community college, another university in Colorado, or from an out-of-state university. You can find more information on the college student transfer page

What You'll Learn

With a mechanical engineering undergraduate program ranked 16th among public university peers by U.S. News & World Report, our program is one of the top-ranked in the nation. We educate our students in a variety of engineering topics, enable hands-on learning and provide professional development training. 

Our undergraduate curriculum consists of 128 credit hours and offers you the ability to specialize with technical electives, certificates and subspecialties in Biomedical Engineering or Environmental Engineering. The College of Engineering and Applied Science also has numerous minor and certificate programs targeted for engineering students. Enrolled undergraduate students may also choose to extend their undergraduate education during their junior year with a Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s (BAM), a program that gives you the opportunity to earn an MS degree more quickly than you otherwise could. 

Fitting Your Unique Interests

Our students are passionate about making positive change in the world. Many are drawn to mechanical engineering, because of the doors the degree opens in almost any industry. Graduates of our program have worked in design, research, and manufacturing roles at aerospace, bioengineering and biomedical device, design and consulting, manufacturing and plant operations, power generation, alternative energy and conservation, petroleum, and transportation companies. They have also formed their own companies and have pursued teaching and research careers in academia.

Earning Potential

With a degree in mechanical engineering, you will also have strong earning potential with the average starting salary for new CU Boulder mechanical engineering graduates being $52,782 and a median salary of $63,000, according to a survey of new alumni (2015). After three years, our alumni report earning an average of $73,000.