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University of California, Berkeley - 2016

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Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING:
All students must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the University. Students admitted as freshmen may petition to change to a joint major after completing their first year at Berkeley; junior transfer applicants are not able to apply to joint majors. There are also 2 major programs in conjuction with chemical engineering offered through the College of Chemistry; transfer students interested in these majors must apply to the College of Chemistry.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING:
Complete information on undergraduate admissions is available at
http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/ugrad/degrees

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Proficiency in English is critical to success at UC Berkeley. One of the following exams is required of all international applicants from non-English speaking countries:
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - a score of 6.5 or higher on the academic module or
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - a score of 80 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or 550 or higher on the paper-based exam
Language exam results must be received in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions no later than January prior to the fall semester in which the student wishes to enroll. More information for international applicants is available at: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/international/applying-for-admission/index.html

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

No additional requirements. Information for non-resident freshman applicants is available at:
http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/out-of-state/index.html

Residency Requirements

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING:
UC Berkeley is one of the premier universities in the nation, attracting students from many different states and countries. It is also a state-supported institution and, therefore, must charge all nonresident students an additional Nonresident Supplemental Tuition fee. Because of the financial independence requirement, the process of obtaining California residency for tuition purposes is extremely difficult for undergraduate students with nonresident parents. Virtually all nonresident undergraduates with nonresident parents remain nonresidents for the duration of their undergraduate career at the University. Detailed information regarding establishing residency for tuition purposes can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/tuition-fees-residency/residency-tuition-purposes

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING:
For tuition purposes, U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are not residents of California may be able to establish California residency by fulfilling the physical presence, intent AND financial independence requirements. Because of the financial independence requirement, the process of obtaining California residency for tuition purposes is extremely difficult for undergraduate students with nonresident parents. Virtually all nonresident undergraduates with nonresident parents remain nonresidents for the duration of their undergraduate career at the University. Many graduate students, however, are able to establish residency the year after their arrival. Detailed information regarding establishing residency for tuition purposes can be found at http://registrar.berkeley.edu/tuition-fees-residency/residency-tuition-purposes.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING:
Berkeley gives the highest priority for admission to California community college applicants. Lower priority is given to applicants from other UC campuses, other four-year institutions or non-California community colleges. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their completion of lower-division required courses (and, if available, the strongly recommended courses for admission), as well as the level of academic achievement reflected in their GPA (minimum 3.3 GPA is required to apply). Only applicants who have completed 100 percent of the required core courses for Berkeley Engineering " as outlined on ASSIST " will be considered for admission.

This includes courses that satisfy Berkeley’s reading and composition requirement (English 1A & 1B). Other lower-division courses required for graduation are strongly recommended to strengthen one’s application. The required personal statement is also reviewed for evidence of interest in the student’s chosen major and thoughtful match between the academic program and the student’s academic and career objectives. Test scores and letters of recommendation are not requested as part of the admissions process for transfers.

The undergraduate degree requirements for each major can be found in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Guide.

Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester units by the end of spring term prior to fall admission. Applicants with excessive transferable semester units (89 or more from a four-year institution or those who complete coursework at a community college and then transfer to a four-year institution) are ineligible for admission.

http://engineering.berkeley.edu/admissions/undergrad-admissions/junior-transfer-admissions
http://engineering.berkeley.edu/academics/undergraduate-guide

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING:
Information on admission as a transfer student is available at
http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/ugrad/transfer-students/document-submission

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 196
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 1