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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Engineering and Computer Science Admission Policy

The student must be able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) or higher, in order to declare major in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, or mechanical engineering. Students who desire to pursue these majors but are not able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) may be assigned to the Exploratory Physical Sciences and Engineering track, and can declare major in engineering or computer science only after they meet this requirement.
In order to enroll into upper division Engineering and Computer Science courses, a student must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all Calculus courses, Differential Equations, Physics I with Calculus, Physics II with Calculus, and Chemistry I.
The admission policy for freshmen and transfer students are different and the policies may vary in each department. (Refer to the Admission Policy in the department of your choice.)

FIU Freshmen
Students seeking admission to an undergraduate degree program will be admitted by the Admissions Office if the following criteria are met:
a. All general admission requirements of the University are satisfied.
b. The student must be able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) or higher in the FIU entry placement examination, in order to declare major in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, or mechanical engineering.

Transfer Students
All transfer students must meet the general University requirement for admission. The student must be able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) or higher in order to declare major in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, or mechanical engineering. Students must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Calculus courses, Differential Equations, Physics I with Calculus, Physics II with Calculus, and Chemistry I. There is a two-step process in the evaluation of transfer credits.
a. The Office of Admissions will make a preliminary evaluation of the student’s background for general compliance and determination of applicable Core Curriculum courses taken.
b. The specific department will determine the exact transfer of applicable credit. The departmental evaluation is the final word in this matter.
FIU adheres to the Florida Department of Education Articulation Agreement between the Universities and Community Colleges of the State of Florida. Therefore, transfer of credit from Florida Community Colleges is facilitated. Preference is given to Associate of Arts degree holders from Florida Community Colleges. For holders of other degrees, it is suggested that application is made about three months prior to the beginning of the term.
For specific course requirements, see the departmental sections, shown later in the catalog.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Each department has an academic advisor to counsel students on their entrance requirements as well as course selections. The corresponding academic advisor can provide additional information or answer any questions on the admissions process.

FIU FRESHMAN
Students seeking admission to an undergraduate degree program will be admitted by the Admissions Office if the following criteria are met:
a. All general admission requirements of the University are satisfied.
b. The student must be able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) or higher in the FIU entry placement examination, in order to declare major in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, or mechanical engineering.
Transfer Students
All transfer students must meet the general University requirement for admission. The student must be able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) or higher in order to declare major in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, or mechanical engineering. Students must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Calculus courses, Differential Equations, Physics I with Calculus, Physics II with Calculus, and Chemistry I. There is a two-step process in the evaluation of transfer credits.
a. The Office of Admissions will make a preliminary evaluation of the student’s background for general compliance and determination of applicable Core Curriculum courses taken.
b. The specific department will determine the exact transfer of applicable credit. The departmental evaluation is the final word in this matter.
FIU adheres to the Florida Department of Education Articulation Agreement between the Universities and Community Colleges of the State of Florida. Therefore, transfer of credit from Florida Community Colleges is facilitated. Preference is given to Associate of Arts degree holders from Florida Community Colleges. For holders of other degrees, it is suggested that application is made about three months prior to the beginning of the term. For specific course requirements, see the departmental sections, shown later in the catalog.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
International student applicants must meet the admission requirements of the University as described in the previous sections and comply with the following:

Academic Records
Documents in a language other than English must be translated by an official translation agency. All credentials and documents submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions become the property of Florida International University. Originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.
International University-level Transcripts require a course by course evaluation, with a calculated U.S. equivalent grade point average, through a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Organization. Visit their website: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
Official evaluations, along with the international transcript(s), must be forwarded directly to FIU from the evaluation service. One exception to this policy exists: Chinese language transcripts from Tianjin University of Commerce will be evaluated by FIU staff for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.
All credentials and documents submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions become the property of Florida International University. Originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

Proficiency in English
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not successfully completed any college level English courses, must present a minimum score of 550 paper-based or 80 internet based (iBT) score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) can also be submitted as proof of English Proficiency.

Declaration and Certification of Finances

Upon receipt of the application for admission, the Declaration and Certification of Finances will be mailed to the applicant. It must be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions. A Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20A) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the University, and the student has provided the bank/sponsor letter and the transfer release form (International students that are currently attending another U.S. institution must submit this form).
The University is required by immigration authorities to carefully check the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20A. Therefore, it is important that applicants are aware of the cost of attending the University and have the necessary financial support for the period of enrollment. Applicants should refer to the Annual Estimate Cost Chart in this catalog
The total funds available for the student for the first or second academic year, or both, must equal the total estimate of institutional costs and living expenses. All items in the Declaration and Certification of Finances must be accurately answered to avoid unnecessary delay in processing. This document along with proof of sufficient funds must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions two months prior to the anticipated entry date.
Refer to the Cost and Residency information page on the admissions website at http://admissions.fiu.edu for more information regarding cost of attendance. International students who are married should plan on an additional $6,000 in costs to cover the living expenses of a spouse. Additionally, a couple with children should anticipate further yearly additional costs of no less than $4,000 for each child.


Medical Insurance

The State of Florida requires that all international students maintain health insurance coverage to help defray the costs in case of catastrophic medical emergency. The policy must provide specific levels of coverage which have been established to ensure that the policy is adequate to provide for costs at U.S. hospitals, usually much higher than costs in many other parts of the world. In addition, a policy must have a claims agent in the United States who may be contacted by medical providers and who facilitates prompt payments of claims. The University has approved a plan which meets the state requirements and which meets the needs of most students; however, a student on F status may select alternate coverage provided it meets the state requirements for minimal coverage. A copy of these requirements is available at the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSO) and at the University Health Services Department website at http://healthservices.fiu.edu/insurance/Pages/MandatoryInsurance.aspx. Students are advised not to purchase insurance policies prior to arrival without verifying that the policies meet FIU/State University System (SUS) requirements. Students in J status are required by the United States Information Agency to maintain health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents for the full length of their program. Florida International University requires students on J status sponsored by FIU to purchase the University approved medical insurance plan for themselves and their dependents. Compliance with the insurance regulation is required prior to registration.


Priority Deadlines for International Admissions Consideration

Due to the additional processing time required for international students, application and supporting documents should be submitted as early as possible. We recommend the following time frames " February 1st if you are applying for the summer semester, April 1st if you are applying for the fall semester, and September 1st if you are applying for the spring semester. Deadlines to specific programs and to be considered for scholarships may vary so please visit http://admissions.fiu.edu for additional information and dates.
If the application and supporting documents are not received within the appropriate time, the application for admissions will be cancelled. Applications are good for one year.


Tuition

An international student is considered a non-resident and is assessed non-resident fees. Immigration regulations require and international student to attend school each fall and spring semester. An undergraduate student is required to take a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester. Please refer to the section on Student Fees and Student Accounts for more information.

Residency Requirements

RESIDENCY INFORMATION

Final determination of residency for tuition purposes is not a requirement for admission to the University; however the Residency Declaration on the admission application and submission of the required supporting documentation are required in order to complete the admissions record for each student admitted to FIU. Students not completing these requirements will not be permitted to register for classes until they accurately declare their residency in Florida or agree to the terms under non-Florida residency. Please refer to the Residency Information contained under University Undergraduate Rules and Regulations.

For the purpose of assessing registration and tuition fees, a student shall be classified as a Florida or non-Florida Resident for tuition purposes.
To qualify as a Florida Resident for tuition purposes, the student or the parent/legal guardian of a dependent student, must:
1. Have established a legal residence in this State and have maintained that legal residence for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the start of the term in which the student is seeking Florida resident classification. The student’s residence in Florida must be a bona fide domiciliary rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode, incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education, and should be demonstrated as indicated below (for dependent students as defined by IRS regulations, a parent or guardian must qualify).
2. Students claiming to be independent must meet one of the following:
a. The student is 24 years of age or older. student is married, has children that receive more than half of the support from student, student has other dependents, student is a Veteran or currently serving, both parents are deceased, student is working on a Master's or Doctoral degree, or is classified as an independent by the Financial Aid office.
3. Submit (or in the case of a dependent student, the parent must submit) written or electronic verification that includes two or more of the following documents (no single piece of evidence shall be conclusive). Please not that all residency documentation must be submitted by the first day of the semester for which Florida residency is being sought; late documentation will be considered for the following academic term.
4. No contrary evidence establishing residency elsewhere.
5. Be a former student at a public institution of higher education who was properly classified as a resident who re-establishes domiciliary status and re-enrolls within a period of twelve months.
6. A non-United States citizen may be eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes if evidence is presented verifying that the student has legal status in the United States, has met the residency requirements of section 1009.21.

RESIDENCY INFORMATION

Final determination of residency for tuition purposes is not a requirement for admission to the University; however the Residency Declaration on the admission application and submission of the required supporting documentation are required in order to complete the admissions record for each student admitted to FIU. Students not completing these requirements will not be permitted to register for classes until they accurately declare their residency in Florida or agree to the terms under non-Florida residency. Please refer to the Residency Information contained under University Undergraduate Rules and Regulations.

For the purpose of assessing registration and tuition fees, a student shall be classified as a Florida or non-Florida Resident for tuition purposes.
To qualify as a Florida Resident for tuition purposes, the student or the parent/legal guardian of a dependent student, must:
1. Have established a legal residence in this State and have maintained that legal residence for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the start of the term in which the student is seeking Florida resident classification. The student’s residence in Florida must be a bona fide domiciliary rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode, incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education, and should be demonstrated as indicated below (for dependent students as defined by IRS regulations, a parent or guardian must qualify).
2. Students claiming to be independent must meet one of the following:
a) The student is 24 years of age or older by the first day of classes of the term for which residency status is sought; if student is under the age of 24, they must demonstrate earned income, through income tax forms, of a minimum of more than half of the cost of attendance for a student not living with parents in the prior year;
b) The student is married;
c) The student has children who receive more than half their support from the student;
d) The student has other dependents who live with and receive more than half of their support from the student;
e) The student is a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces for purposes other than training;
f) Both of the student’s parents are deceased or the student is or was (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court;
g) The student is working on a master’s or doctoral degree during the term for which residency status is sought;
h) The student is classified as an independent by the financial aid office at the institution.
3. Submit (or in the case of a dependent student, the parent must submit) written or electronic verification that includes two or more of the following documents (no single piece of evidence shall be conclusive). Please not that all residency documentation must be submitted by the first day of the semester for which Florida residency is being sought; late documentation will be considered for the following academic term.
a) The documents must include at least one of the following:
i. A Florida voter’s registration card.
ii. A Florida driver license.
iii. A State of Florida Identification card.
iv. A Florida vehicle registration.
v. Proof of a permanent home in Florida which is occupied as a primary residency by the student or the student’s parent.
vi. Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida.
vii. A dependent student who attended a Florida high school for a minimum of two (2) academic years immediately preceding the student’s initial enrollment in an institution of higher education and graduated from a Florida high school or earned a Florida General Education Development (GED) within the last twelve (12) months may use the high school transcript or GED certificate as evidence of Florida residency. The student must present at least one (1) additional document identified in sections 1009.21(3)(c)1. or 1009.21(3)(c)2., evidencing their parent’s legal residency in Florida.
viii. Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida (at least 30 hours per week for a 12 month period).
b) The documents may include one or more of the following:
i. A declaration of domicile in Florida; if a declaration of domicile, pursuant to section 222.17, Florida Statutes, is being used as one of the documents to establish residency for tuition purposes, the date an applicant shall be deemed as establishing residency for tuition purposes shall be twelve (12) months hence from the date that the Clerk of Circuit Court notes the declaration was sworn and subscribed to the Clerk. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent the use of additional documentation as evidence that legal residency was established by other means pursuant to section 1009.21(3)(c), as of a date earlier than that established by the declaration of domicile. ii. A Florida professional or occupational license. iii. Florida incorporation.
iv. A document evidencing family ties in Florida. v. Proof of membership in a Florida-based Charitable or professional organization.
vi. Any other documentation that supports the student’s request for resident status, including, but not limited to, utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; a lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; or an official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida.
4. No contrary evidence establishing residency elsewhere.
5. Be a former student at a public institution of higher education who was properly classified as a resident who re-establishes domiciliary status and re-enrolls within a period of twelve (12) months.
6. A non-United States citizen may be eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes if evidence is presented verifying that the student has legal status in the United States, has met the residency requirements of section 1009.21, and the person is one of the following:
a) A foreign national in a nonimmigrant visa classification that grants the person the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in the United States.
i. The following visa categories grant the person the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in the United States: A, E, G, H-1B, H-1C, I, K, L, N, NATO 1-7, O-1, R, S, T, U, and V.
ii. The following visa categories do not grant the person the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in the United States: B, C, D, F, H-2, H-3, M, P, Q, and TN. J visa holders are not eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes except as provided in section 1009.21(10).
b) A permanent resident alien, parolee, asylee, Cuban-Haitian entrant, or other legal alien granted an indefinite stay in the United States.
c) Pursuant to section 1009.21(2)(d), a dependent student who is a U.S. citizen may not be denied classification as a resident for tuition purposes based solely upon the immigration status of the student’s parent.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Degree seeking applicants with fewer than 30 transferable semester hours must meet the same requirements as beginning freshmen applicants. Applicants with more than 30 transferable semester hours must have a 2.0 GPA, be in good standing at their prior institution and have successfully completed at least one college-level English and one college level math class with a “C” or higher. Applicants who receive an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida State College or State University in Florida will be considered for admission without restriction except for published limited access programs within the University. We encourage all transfer applicants to apply for admission at least one semester prior to the term they wish to enroll. Students transferring from independent Florida and out-of-state colleges into the University’s upper division must have maintained a minimum 2.0 grade point average using a 4.0 scale (with the exception of some limited access programs) and be in good academic standing at the last institution. Coursework transferred or accepted for credit toward an undergraduate degree must be completed at an institution accredited as degree-granting by a regional accrediting body or at an institution accredited as degree granting by a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education that participates in the statewide course numbering system at the time the coursework was completed. Each academic department reserves the right to determine how transfer credits may be applied to satisfy the specific requirements for the major and/or degree. Students must contact their academic department to obtain any additional requirements needed for their program of study. All applicants must meet the criteria published for limited access programs and should consult the specific college and major for requirements. Please note that exploratory majors are not open to transfer students. Applicants who meet the above admissions requirements, but have not completed the University’s core curriculum requirements, or the prerequisites of their proposed major, may complete this college work at FIU, or at any other accredited institution. Students may also fulfill general education requirements through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Official transcripts from all previous post secondary institutions must be forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students are responsible for initiating this request directly from the academic institution. All credentials and documents submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions become the property of Florida International University. Originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution. Transfer applicants from the FL public institutions (community/state colleges) are encouraged to visit FLVC.org for additional information regarding the transfer process, including, but not limited to, program graduation requirements, transfer agreements, A.A. transfer evaluation (degree/advising audit), and common prerequisites (Common Prerequisite Manual). All students seeking admission to the University regardless of whether the student holds an A.A., should have completed two years of credit in one foreign language at the high school level or 8-10 credits in one foreign language at the college level (American Sign Language is acceptable). If a student is admitted without this requirement, the credits must be completed at FIU prior to graduation from the University. If the student has already completed the requirement through an A.A. degree or high school diploma, an official transcript demonstrating completion must be sent to FIU at least one semester prior to graduation. Students who can demonstrate continuous enrollment in a degree program at a Florida Public University or Florida State College since Fall Term 1989 (continuous enrollment is defined by the state to be the completion of at least one course per academic year) can be exempt from this requirement. Students holding an A.A. degree from a Florida Community College or SUS institution prior to Fall Term 1989 will also be exempt. Students, who are applying to majors in Theatre and Music, in addition to meeting university academic standards, must meet the approval of the respective department through an audition. Students should contact the department for audition dates. Admission decisions will not be made before the application is completed and all supporting documents are on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applications are kept on file for one year from the anticipated entrance date. Admission to the University is a selective process and satisfying the general requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Steps to Apply
To apply, please submit the following:
• Online Application
• $30 application fee
• If you have less than 60 transferable credits, you must also submit your high school transcripts and SAT and/or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from post-secondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. CLEP, AP, and IB scores must be sent separately if AA degree has not been posted to transcripts.
• Official high school and/or college transcripts
*Missing residency information will prevent you from registering for classes if admitted.

FIU accepts transcripts in the following ways:
1) Electronic
• Faster (All FL public institutions)
• Naviance (Typically used by private HS schools)
• SMART/Joint Service Transcript " Military records
2) Hardcopy
Transcript sent directly from your high school and/or college in a sealed envelope to:
Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, FL 33265-9003

NOTE: Transcripts received by FIU become the property of FIU and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to any other institution. Please do not send us your original transcript/diploma if you have no other copies.

Admissions decisions are made on a space-available basis as applications are completed and all supporting documents are recieved. In order to be invited to apply for merit scholarships you must be admitted prior to November 1 and meet minimum scholarship criteria.