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University of California, Merced - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Undergraduate Admissions to Engineering do not currently differ from Institutional Admissions requirements. Applicants must meet the University Admissions requirements.
Applicants must submit the application fee ($70; $80 international) by November of the year prior to fall entry.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students are admitted directly into the chosen major; there are no special requirements to be admitted into specific programs.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

International students must complete secondary school with high grades (approximately 3.4 GPA or better), and earn a certificate of completion which enables entry to a university in the home country.
Students must also meet the A-G subject requirements, and exam requirements (ACT plus Writing, or SAT Reasoning).

UC Merced requires an English proficiency exam:

SAT Reasoning test score of 560 or greater on English Writing
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or better
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or better (internet test) or 550 or better (paper test) \

Hard copy results of English proficiency exams should be sent by the testing agency to the admissions office (University of California, Merced, Office of Admissions, 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343)

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Non Resident students must complete high school with high grades (approximately 3.4 GPA or better in A-G courses), meet the A-G subject requirements, and exam requirements (ACT plus Writing, or SAT Reasoning).

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 24 of the last 36 units in academic residence is required prior to the award of the bachelor’s degree. Under certain circumstances, the appropriate dean or Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education may grant exceptions, such as when a student attends classes at another UC campus as an approved visitor or participates in one of the following: UC Education Abroad, UC Washington Center Program or UC Sacramento Center.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of UC transferable college credit
No more than 14 semester (21 quarter) units may be taken Pass/Not Pass
Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.40 (2.80 GPA for non-residents) in transferable courses
Completion of the following seven (7) course pattern , earning a grade of C or better in each course

Two (2) transferable English composition courses
One (1) transferable mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning course that has a published prerequisite of intermediate algebra
Four (4) transferable courses chosen from at least two of the following areas: Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences

Required for all School of Engineering Majors (Must be completed in order to be considered for admission):

Minimum GPA of 2.4 (residents, 2.8 (non-residents)
Fall applicants must complete all minimum UC admissions requirements in English and Math by the end of the spring term, prior to fall admission. Spring applicants must complete the English and Math requirement by the end of the summer prior to admission.
Courses that meet WRI 1 and WRI 10 (this requirement is usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements)
A course in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Usually met by completing the UC minimum transfer requirements).
Complete 60 UC transferable semester units the term prior to enrollment (Not including summer).
Complete all required courses listed below for your major with a grade of "C" or better.

Strongly Recommended
Transfer students are encouraged to complete all of their major preparatory courses and some of the courses needed to satisfy lower division general education requirements prior to transferring to UC Merced. Applicants to the School of Engineering are highly discouraged from completing the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Applicants will not be competitive in the admission process if their academic records show unsuccessful attempts of UC-transferable courses, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:
Multiple withdrawals in preparation for major courses, or
More than one repeat of major preparation courses where grades of No Pass, D, or F were received, or
Unrepeated No Pass, D, or F grades in any UC-transferable course

Further information can be found on the admissions website at:

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 50
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 0