The students accepted to the Department of Economics in 2006-2007 were among the highest percentile (with regard to their Turkish-Mathematics scores) out of the over one million candidates who took the Student Placement Examination.
The students of the Department have an active social, cultural and academic life. The Economics Club of undergraduate students organizes panel discussions, lectures and cultural activities, and publishes a bulletin. This creates an atmosphere where various economic problems are discussed by the university population, and a general awareness of and sensitivity towards economics is created.
The graduates of the programs of the Department of Economics, whose numbers are over three thousand, work in Turkish public organizations such as the State Planning Organization, the Central Bank of Turkey, the State Institute of Statistics, the Capital Market Board, the Undersecretaries of the Treasury and of Foreign Trade, in international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Food and Agriculture Organization, as well as in the private sector. Graduates who wish to deepen their understanding of economics or pursue an academic career continue their studies in the Graduate programs of the Department of Economics, at other Turkish institutions or abroad.
The Department has access to the two Faculty computer laboratories which have 78 PC's. The laboratories have the software package tools requisite for both statistical and computational work and instruction. The Department uses the Library of the METU Economic Research Centre, in addition to the University Library.
The Department also offers a Minor Program in Economic Policy and a Minor Program in International Economics for students of other departments. A Limited number of students. With a high grade point average and who satisfy the prerequisites are accepted on to these programs. Each of these programs has six courses including intermediate level macro-and micro-economics besides courses on their field of specialization.
The Undergraduate Program of the Department of Economics provides a sound theoretical basis in economic theory and is one of the strongest departments in Turkey in its instruction in applied statistical methods. The first three undergraduate years are devoted to giving a firm background in economic theory, economic history, mathematics and statistics. In the third and fourth years students take elective courses from a range of options offered by the Department, encompassing topics such as the Turkish economy, European integration, international economic institutions, international political economy, technology, development issues, project evaluation, agricultural economics, and environmental issues. Graduation requires a total of forty credited courses, ten of which are electives.