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University of Utah - 2016

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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

All admissions are handled through the University's Graduate School. Minimum requirements are: 1) an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 based on all undergraduate work or work completed during the last two years of undergraduate study, whichever is higher; 2) a bachelor's degree from a fully accredited college or university; and 3) recommendation of the faculty in the college or department in which the applicant wishes to study.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Each department has specific admission criteria. For details, visit the websites at However, most departments require GRE scores, TOFEL scores for non-English speaking students, and a previous BS degree in an engineering-related field. Some departments require letters of recommendation, as well.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Different departments have different admission requirements, but in general, international students must have TOEFL scores of 550 or better, have a BS from an accredited institute, college or university, and earned a 3.0 or better GPA. Applicants are expected to have a GRE score above 75th percentile in quantitative and analytical sections. Applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States may not be required to take the TOEFL. Official degrees, transcripts and diplomas must be in the original language with official English translations.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Non-resident students have the same entrance requirements as resident students.

Residency Requirements

In order to qualify for residency status for tuition purposes a person must demonstrate that Utah is the place where the person intends to remain and to which the person expects to return when leaving Utah without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere. An adult person who enrolls as a student at a Utah institution within twelve months of arriving in Utah is presumed to have moved to Utah for the purpose of attending an institution of higher education and is a non-resident for tuition purposes. It is presumed that a non-resident student continues to reside in Utah primarily for the purpose of pursuing higher education and continues to be a non-resident student so long as he or she is enrolled as a student at a Utah institution of higher education. The burden of rebutting these presumptions and establishing that a person is in Utah for other than educational purposes is upon the person. For more information about Utah Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes visit

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Applicants transferring from another college or university are expected to have previously graduated from an accredited high school. If the student seeking transfer admission has completed less than 30 semester hours of acceptable transfer work, a high school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores are required. Applicants who have not graduated from high school seven years prior to the term of admission must have the high school preparation described in the freshman section ( requirements.html). Applicants with 30 semester hours or more of transferable work and a cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 or higher are likely to be admitted. Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.35 to 2.49 may be admitted. Those with a cumulative GPA below 2.35 will likely be denied. The Credits and Admissions Committee will review additional information for applicants requesting special consideration.