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The University of Texas at San Antonio - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at UTSA is based on meeting UTSA admissions requirements, qualifying for enrollment in MAT 1214 Calculus I, and either graduating in the top quartile of their high school graduation class, or graduated in the second quartile of their high school class and have a SAT score of at least 1100, a 550 in SAT mathematics, or an ACT score of at least 24, or granted admission into the College of Engineering by holistic review. New freshman and freshman transfers not meeting the math requirement will be placed in University College as Pre-Engineering majors.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students who meet all admissions criteria either directly from high school or with transfer credits will be admitted into on of the following majors: biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering as a major. All students admitted to engineering majors should follow their major curriculum. Undecided engineering students should select a major closest to their area of interest (refer to the following program descriptions). Students may obtain additional information about each program from the College of Engineering website.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

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International Students
Applications from individuals who plan to enroll while residing in the United States on a non-immigrant visa are processed as international students. International students can apply by submitting the International Student ApplyTexas Application (electronic version).

All international students, including first-time freshmen and transfer students, must:

Prove proficiency in the English language by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. English as a Second Language courses will be required for those students who need additional language training. Passing the TOEFL or IELTS does not guarantee admission to UTSA.
Admission Qualification-English Proficient 100 600 7
Admission Qualification-Minimum Score Accepted1 79 550 6.5

The UTSA English Language Assessment Procedure (ELAP) is required. Students may be assigned to take up to four English classes for International Students (EIS) based on the ELAP results.

TOEFL is an examination written by The Educational Testing Service of The College Board. For more information, visit IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (Cambridge ESOL) Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. For more information, visit
The TOEFL or IELTS will be waived if:

The applicant graduated from a U.S. high school and completed three years of regular English courses.
The applicant completed college-level English Composition I with a grade of "B-" or better.
The applicant scored 500 or greater on the verbal/reading section of the SAT.
The applicant scored 21 or greater on the English section of the ACT.

Applicants from the following countries are exempt from submitting the TOEFL or IELTS scores:

American Samoa
Canada (except Quebec)
Grand Cayman
New Zealand
Sierra Leone
United Kingdom
U.S. Pacific Trust

International First-Time Freshmen

Applicants for admission to UTSA as international first-time freshmen must:

Have qualifications equivalent to those of students entering from accredited secondary schools in the United States, as determined by the UTSA International Undergraduate Admissions.
Submit all application materials including application for admission, nonrefundable application fee, official secondary school transcripts/certificates, official SAT or ACT scores, official TOEFL or IELTS scores, and all supporting documents to International Undergraduate Admissions, Office of International Programs.

International undergraduate admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is offered to academically qualified international applicants. Completed applications are evaluated through an individual review process after all supporting admissions materials are received by the Office of International Programs, International Undergraduate Admissions. Students who are admitted to the university are not guaranteed admission to a specific academic program.

International Transfer Students

Transferring from Schools outside the United States:
International transfer students who have earned 30 or more transferable credit hours from an accredited college or university in a country other than the United States must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, as determined by International Undergraduate Admissions. A foreign credential evaluation is required for any non U.S. college, university or other post-secondary school transcript. UTSA undergraduate admissions accepts evaluations from Foreign Credential Services of America (FCSA) or any member mentioned online at

Transferring from Schools within the United States:
International transfer students who have earned 30 or more transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States must have a 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale all college work attempted.

Freshman-Transfer: Students with less than 30 semester credit hours earned at the time of applying must meet freshmen and transfer admission requirements.
Transfer Coursework

Upon admission, UTSA grants credit for college-level transfer coursework, earned with a grade of “D” or higher, from regionally-accredited colleges and universities. Applicability of such coursework toward the UTSA degree plan is at the discretion of the major academic department. General information about transferring courses may be found in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

Consult the UTSA International Undergraduate Admissions website at for detailed transfer admission criteria or call 210-458-7995.
Conditional Admission

Students who do not submit or earn scores that prove English proficiency but who meet all other admission requirements can be admitted to the Intensive English Program (IEP) on the condition that they are accepted to the bachelor’s degree program of their choice when the appropriate level of English proficiency has been achieved. Conditional admission is not available to graduate students. To apply for conditional admission follow the freshman or transfer admission process and apply through the International Student ApplyTexas Application.

International Application Deadlines
Fall Semester June 1
Spring Semester November 1
Summer Semester April 1

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Out-of-State. An out-of-state applicant must graduate from a high school accredited by that state's accreditation division. That division's mission and scope must be similar to that of the Texas Education Agency. UTSA will also consider the applications of students who graduate from a high school accredited by any of the regional accrediting associations similar to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Out-of-state applicants for admission who have graduated within five years of the date of first enrollment at UTSA and who have not attended another college or university must be in the top one-half of their graduating class. Minimum SAT or ACT scores must correspond to those required of in-state applicants whose class rank as determined by grade point average places them in the first or second quartile of their class.

Residency Requirements

Minimum UTSA Residence Requirements

The following minimum UTSA residence requirements are in ac­cor­d­­ance with requirements established for all institutions in The University of Texas System and are requirements for all bachelor’s degrees:

1. A minimum of 25 percent of the total number of semester credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree must be completed at UTSA before a degree can be conferred.

2. Twenty-four of the last 30 semester credit hours applied to the degree program must be completed in residence, with the exception that among University of Texas System components, a student may, with the approval of the appropriate dean, transfer additional coursework to the program at the degree-granting institution.

3. Of the minimum 39 upper-division semester credit hours required in all degree programs, 18 must be earned in UTSA courses.

4. At least 6 semester credit hours of upper-division coursework in the major must be completed at UTSA. Additional hours in the major sequence may be required under individual UTSA degree plans.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

See the UTSA Undergraduate Transfer Admissions Website below for details on the most recent transfer admission requirements.