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University of California, Davis - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Currently only 33% of UC Davis freshmen engineering applicants are offered admission. All applicants must submit an application with a $70 fee for domestic students ($80 for international students) during the month of November of the year preceding fall entry. Admission is for Fall quarter only. All applicants must submit official scores from the following tests: The ACT with Writing or the SAT with Essay (only highest scores from a single sitting will be considered). SAT Subject tests are not required and will only be considered if they benefit the applicant. Students who are admitted generally well exceed the UC minimum admission requirements.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

At the time of admission to the University of California, Davis, students are admitted directly into their designated engineering major. Through a faculty approved Comprehensive Review process, freshmen applicants are individually given a Holistic Review using 14 faculty approved academic and non-academic selection criteria in the context of their opportunities which include grade point average earned in college preparatory courses, scores on required examinations, and supplemental criteria included in the application such as outstanding personal accomplishments, leadership roles, distinctive talents, and the potential to make significant contributions to the campus, the state of California, the nation and the world.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

To be considered for freshman admission, you must complete secondary school earning superior marks in academic subjects and receive a certificate of completion that grants you admission to university-level studies in your country. All freshman applicants are considered using the same eligibility requirements, including SAT and ACT testing, and are included in the same selection process. If you have attended both foreign and U.S. high schools, both your foreign and U.S. courses and grades will be considered. You may also be required to demonstrate English proficiency. For more information, see the following website:

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Out-of-state applicants must attain a 3.4 GPA or higher in the "a-g" required courses. For more information, see the following website:

Residency Requirements

The minimum residence requirement for a bachelor's degree at the University of California is one academic year (three quarters). Students must complete at least 35 of the final 45 units characteristic of their curriculum in engineering while registered in the college.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Highest priority for admission is given to California community college transfer applicants who have completed two transferable English composition courses and all the required lower division engineering coursework offered at the community college they attended. An overall GPA of 3.1 in all required courses is the minimum GPA for admission consideration. For more specific information on lower division requirements for community college students, go to the following website: Engineering transfer credit agreements are also available on the College of Engineering website at

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 351
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 5