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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering is based on criteria similar to but higher than those for admission to the University. To be considered for admission to the School of Engineering, you must meet the school's Calculus Readiness requirement by the official admissions application deadline. For information about options to satisfy the requirement, please refer to the school’s online resources about the Calculus Readiness Requirement.
For additional information, contact Engineering Student Services at (512) 471-4321 or refer to the school’s online resources about Undergraduate Admission at

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

To apply for admission to the Cockrell School, use the online form at and select engineering as a first-choice major. When selecting a second-choice major, freshman applicants may choose from one of the many other majors offered at The University of Texas at Austin. However, we encourage students to indicate a second engineering major choice when applying to the Cockrell School.
Minimum requirements are the same for all engineering departments; however, enrollment in any engineering department is limited to the best qualified applicants. Because admission to all engineering departments is so competitive, automatic admission is restricted to the most qualified applicants. See website: .

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

The applications of prospective students from countries other than the United States are reviewed on an individual basis, and admission may not be offered to every student who meets the minimum requirements. Admission is offered only to those international applicants who will be full-time students seeking degrees. Academic background and curriculum are important considerations in decisions on admissibility. All applicants to an engineering major must satisfy the Calculus Readiness requirement. For more information about International student admission requirements, visit the University's Admissions web site at

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Nonresident applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school and satisfied the high school unit requirements. Please refer to the General Information catalog ( ) for a detailed listing of coursework. All applicants to an engineering department must satisfy the Calculus Readiness requirement. Admission decisions are based on an evaluation of the criteria listed in the General Information Catalog (though no specific class rank, test score, or other qualification by itself assures admission). As a state-assisted public institution, the University reserves a majority of its spaces for Texas residents; consequently, admission of nonresidents is more competitive. Although graduation from an accredited high school is a prerequisite for admission to the University, graduates of unaccredited high schools and home-schooled students may be considered for admission by individual approval. For further admission information, please refer to the University’s undergraduate admissions site at

Residency Requirements

All University students must complete in residence at least sixty semester credit hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. In the School of Engineering, thirty of these sixty hours must be in the major field or in a field closely related to the major as approved by the major department and the dean. At least the last twenty-four hours of technical coursework counted toward an engineering degree must be taken while the student is registered as an undergraduate engineering major at the University. A student seeking exception to this requirement must obtain written approval in advance from the dean. For further information, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog at .

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

To be eligible for transfer admission consideration, the student must have: 1) earned a high school diploma or the equivalent, and 2) completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of transferable credit. All transfer applicants to an engineering major must show credit for the equivalent of M408D or M408L or M408M, Physics 303K, Physics 103M (lab) and must have completed a minimum of four technical courses (math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computer science, and engineering). Any U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Immigrant degree-seeking undergraduate applicant who has previously attended a college or university following high school graduation (or the equivalent) and earned any amount or type of credit is considered a transfer student and is no longer eligible for entering freshman admission consideration. For further information, please visit the undergraduate admissions site at

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 88
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 128