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University of California-Santa Cruz - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission to the School of Engineering is at the time of admission to the institution. Applications for Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Technology & Information Management are accepted for fall quarters only for both first-year students and junior transfer students. When space is available, junior transfer students may also apply for winter quarter admission. Students must apply during November for admission for the following year's fall quarter and in July for admission to winter quarter. For specific admissions criteria, go to:

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Acceptance into an engineering major as a frosh is based on high school grade-point average, test scores (SATI, SAT II, ACT), courses completed in mathematics and sciences, and/or the personal statement portion of the application.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

The University of California welcomes applications from international students. The academic credentials of applicants from other countries are evaluated in accordance with the general regulations governing admission. UC Santa Cruz accepts applications from international students for the fall quarter, and students should begin application inquiries a year before the quarter of desired admission. Openings for the winter quarter may be limited. International students interested in applying for winter, should check with the Office of Admissions. For information, write to or the International Admissions Specialist, Office of Admissions, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. Students whose native language is other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Advanced Placement Exam in International English Language (APIEL). A minimum score of 220 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based) is required on the TOEFL. A minimum score of 3 is required on the APIEL. Students interested in enrolling in an intensive English-language program to improve proficiency can apply to English Language and International Programs, 2025 Augustine Drive, Suite 100, Santa Clara, CA 95954; (408) 861-3879. Web: A financial certificate and all official academic records will be required if admitted to the University. Generally, nonimmigrant students must provide documentation that sufficient funds will be available to cover nonresident tuition, educational fees, and living expenses. The university does not have financial assistance for international students.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

There are two paths to UC eligibility for nonresidents at the first-year student level. The first is the same as described under Eligibility in the Statewide Context ( and the second is the same as described under Eligibility by Examination Alone, with the following exceptions: Scholarship Requirement--Your grade-point average in the a-g subjects must be 3.4 or higher, regardless of your SAT I (or ACT) and SAT II scores. The Eligibility Index is used only for California residents. To qualify for Admission by Examination Alone, You must achieve a minimum UC Score Total calculated according to the Eligibility Index instructions of 425. In addition, a minimum UC Score of 63 on each component of the ACE or SAT Reasoning Test and on each SAT Subject Test. Minimum Eligibility vs. Selection -- If the number of applicants exceeds the spaces available for a particular campus or major--as is often the case--the campus uses criteria that exceed the minimum requirements to select students. Meeting the minimum requirements, therefore, is not enough to gain admission to many UC campuses and programs.

Residency Requirements

Every candidate for a bachelor's degree must be registered at UCSC for a minimum of three terms. (A term is a fall, winter, or spring quarter in which a student completes 6 or more credits. Each UCSC Summer Session in which you complete at least 2 credits is the equivalent of half a term's residence.) In addition, of the final 45 quarter credits, 35 must be regular courses of instruction that you have taken as a registered student at UCSC. No more than 18 of the 35 credits may be completed in Summer Session. Courses taken through University Extension or the Intercampus Visitor Program do not constitute regular courses and therefore do not satisfy residence requirements. At least half of the upper division courses taken for the major must be taken at UCSC.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Eligibility for admission as a transfer student into an Engineering department requires meeting the campus eligibility requirements, including: 1. Complete at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units of UC transferable courses with a GPA of 2.4 or higher (2.8 for non-residents). 2. Complete required course pattern of two UC-transferable courses in English composition; one UC transferable courses in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning; and four UC transferable college courses chosen from the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the physical and biological sciences. In addition, transfer students should complete as many foundation courses for their proposed major as possible prior to transfer, as successful preparation for the major is a factor in acceptance into any School of Engineering program. A minimum GPA of 2.8 for all engineering foundation courses is required for admission in to the School of Engineering. Contact School for list of required pre-major courses.

The Admissions Office provides information and services to all students who wish to transfer to UC Santa Cruz, including transfer workshops and student-led tours of the campus. Guided tours and Transfer Information Sessions happen year-round and require advance reservations. Please call the Admissions Office, Cook House, at (831) 459-4008 to make a reservation.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 219
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 13