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University of California, Santa Barbara - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission to the College of Engineering is at the time of admission to the institution. Applications for engineering and computer science majors are accepted for fall quarter only, for both freshmen and junior transfers. Students must apply during November for admission for the following year's fall quarter.

There is established change of major criteria for students identifying a desire to pursue engineering majors after marticulation.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Criteria used for screening freshman applicants for engineering and computer science majors include: grade point average earned in college preparatory courses, standardized test scores (SAT), and supplemental criteria, such as outstanding accomplishments in activities which enhance academic growth and/or a demonstrated record of having overcome hardship(s).

Criteria used for screening transfer applicants include: percentage of preparation-for-the-major courses completed, grades earned in those courses, and overall transferable grade point average.

Residency Requirements

The residency requirement applies to both freshmen and transfer students. Students must complete at least 3 regular quarters in residence, and at least 35 of the final 45 units must be take in the college in which the degree is to be awarded. Students in the College of Engineering must complete at least 27 upper division units, of which 20 units must be in the upper division major, while in residence in the College.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Completion of pre-major requirements including at least two courses in English composition; one course in mathematics, beyond intermediate algebra, such as college algebra, pre-calculus or statistics; and four courses from at least two of the following areas: Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Social Science, or Biological and Physical Sciences; minimum 2.4 for CA residents and 2.8 for non-residents GPA overall for UC transfer eligibility, and a minimum of 3.40 GPA in pre-major courses. A maximum of 105 lower division quarter units can be transferred from other 2 year colleges provided they are approved UC transferable. Contact College for list of required pre-major courses or check for more information.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 30
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 0