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Changing Your Major to Engineering

Applicants to engineering programs will discover that not every university to which they apply has the same policy for how to officially become an engineering major. For example, all freshmen at Auburn University need to successfully complete seven prerequisite courses prior to being accepted into the engineering track. On the other hand, students can earn direct admission in the College of Engineering at the likes of Boston University, Duke University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Applicants who want to enter this highly-competitive field of study should have an understanding of the various pathways into the engineering major at their prospective schools. Those eying a backdoor route into a given program can benefit from assessing the level of ease with which one can later internally transfer into an engineering major.

The table below provides this important information for a number of premier engineering programs in the United States. Column headers are defined below:

Direct Admit - Indicates whether prospective undergraduates can be admitted directly into an engineering major.

Prerequisites - Links to the institutional webpage that details requirements for transferring into an engineering major.

Minimum Progress - Indicates the minimum number of credits, semesters, or quarters needed to transfer into an engineering major.

Minimum GPA - Indicates the minimum GPA one must possess to be considered for admission into an engineering major. At most institutions, earning the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission.

Difficulty - An ordinal rating (from "Less" to "Very") indicating how difficult it is to transfer into an engineering major.

More Info - Links to an institutional webpage providing more detail about how current students can transfer into an engineering major. If there is no additional info beyond what is provided in the institutions "Prerequisites" page, links for "Prerequisites" and "More Info" are identical.

*At institutions where there is no direct admission, requirements for declaring/moving into an engineering major are indicated. 

InstitutionDirect AdmitPrerequisitesMinimum ProgressMinimum GPADifficultyMore InfoNotes
104151Arizona State University-TempeYesClick Herehttps://engineering.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Admissions-req-2021-2022-Updated-8.23.21.pdf12+ Credits3Moderatehttps://engineering.asu.edu/admission-requirements/
100858Auburn UniversityNoClick Herehttps://eng.auburn.edu/current-students/academic-policies.html7 courses2Lesshttps://www.eng.auburn.edu/current-students/faq.html
164988Boston UniversityYesClick Herehttps://www.bu.edu/eng/current-students/ugrad/iut/122Less-to-Moderatehttps://www.bu.edu/eng/current-students/ugrad/iut/
217156Brown UniversityNoNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://engineering.brown.edu/undergraduate/concentrations/declaring-concentration
110404California Institute of TechnologyNoNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://www.admissions.caltech.edu/explore/student-life#:~:text=As%20you%20complete%20your%20first,offered%20across%20six%20academic%20divisions.
110422California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoYesClick Herehttps://eadvise.calpoly.edu/Changing-MajorsOne quarter2.75Veryhttps://eadvise.calpoly.edu/Changing-Majors/From-Outside-the-College-of-Engineering
211440Carnegie Mellon UniversityYesClick Herehttps://engineering.cmu.edu/education/academic-policies/undergraduate-policies/transferring.htmlOne semesterNoneVeryhttps://engineering.cmu.edu/education/academic-policies/undergraduate-policies/transferring.html
201645Case Western Reserve UniversityNoNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://case.edu/ugstudies/academic-policies/declaring-major-or-minor
217882Clemson UniversityNoClick Herehttp://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/ge/advising/192Lesshttp://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/ge/advising/
190150Columbia University in the City of New YorkYesVariesVariesVariesModeratehttps://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/faq
190415Cornell UniversityYesIntroduction to EngineeringOne semesterNoneModerate-to-Veryhttps://www.engineering.cornell.edu/students/undergraduate-students/advising/internal-transfer-engineering
182670Dartmouth CollegeYesClick Herehttps://engineering.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/ab/majorsNoneNoneLesshttps://engineering.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/ab/majors
212054Drexel UniversityYesClick Herehttps://drexel.edu/engineering/resources/for-students/student-advising-support/current-students/academic-policies-and-forms/internal-transfer-policy/2 courses2.5Less-to-Moderatehttps://drexel.edu/engineering/resources/for-students/student-advising-support/current-students/academic-policies-and-forms/internal-transfer-policy/
198419Duke UniversityYesVariesVariesVariesLess-to-Moderatehttps://pratt.duke.edu/undergrad/students/policies/3537
139755Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusYesNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://advising.gatech.edu/change-major-glance
166027Harvard UniversityYesNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://college.harvard.edu/resources/faq/how-easy-it-change-my-concentration
153603Iowa State UniversityYesClick Herehttps://catalog.iastate.edu/collegeofengineering/#basicprogramcurriculatext24-25 credits2Less-to-Moderatehttps://www.ece.iastate.edu/academics/undergraduate-forms-and-guidelines/major-and-minor/
162928Johns Hopkins UniversityYesNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://e-catalogue.jhu.edu/arts-sciences/full-time-residential-programs/undergraduate-policies/academic-policies/requirements-for-a-bachelors-degree/#majorsminorstext
213543Lehigh UniversityYesNone242Less-to-Moderatehttps://cas.lehigh.edu/content/college-change-information
166683Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyNoNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://registrar.mit.edu/registration-academics/academic-requirements/majors-minors/declaring-major
171100Michigan State UniversityNoMichigan Statehttps://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/transfer-students28 credits3.0-3.6Moderatehttps://admissions.msu.edu/apply/restricted-majors
193900New York UniversityNoNoneOne semesterVariesModeratehttps://www.nyu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/how-to-apply/internal-transfers.html
199193North Carolina State University at RaleighNoClick Herehttps://www.engr.ncsu.edu/academics/undergrad/coda/#coda-requisites9 courses2Veryhttps://www.engr.ncsu.edu/academics/undergrad/coda/#non-engineering-students-or-intra-campus-transfers
167358Northeastern UniversityYesClick Herehttps://coe.northeastern.edu/academics-experiential-learning/undergraduate-studies/undergraduate-academic-advising/change-major/2 courses3Less-to-Moderatehttps://coe.northeastern.edu/academics-experiential-learning/undergraduate-studies/undergraduate-academic-advising/change-major/
147767Northwestern UniversityYesNoneNoneNoneLess-to-Moderatehttps://www.registrar.northwestern.edu/registration-graduation/transfer-and-test-credit/interschool-transfer.html
204796Ohio State University-Main CampusNoClick Herehttps://advising.engineering.osu.edu/current-students/applying-your-majorVaries (at least 12 credits)2.5Less-to-Moderatehttps://advising.engineering.osu.edu/change-pre-major
209542Oregon State UniversityYesClick Herehttps://engineering.oregonstate.edu/current-students/advising/engineering-course-requirements-majorNone2.50 (to progress)Less-to-Moderatehttps://registrar.oregonstate.edu/change-academic-program
214777Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusNoClick Herehttps://advising.engr.psu.edu/advising/entrance-to-major/new-reenrolling-summer-2020-or-later.aspx29 Credits2.6-to-3.1Moderatehttps://advising.engr.psu.edu/student-resources/change-of-major.aspx
186131Princeton UniversityYesClick Herehttps://engineering.princeton.edu/undergraduate-studies/first-year-advising/first-year-faqNoneNoneLesshttps://engineering.princeton.edu/undergraduate-studies/first-year-advising/first-year-faq
243780Purdue University-Main CampusYesClick Herehttps://www.purdue.edu/advisors/codo/requirements-202021/engineering.php12-30 credits2.5-to-3.4Moderate-to-Veryhttps://www.purdue.edu/advisors/codo/requirements-202021/engineering.php
194824Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYesNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://info.rpi.edu/registrar/academic-planning#:~:text=third%20party%20agency.-,Change%20of%20Major%20or%20Status,Major%20%2F%20Change%20of%20Status%20Form.&text=You%20may%20change%20from%20one,which%20you%20want%20to%20switch.
227757Rice UniversityYesNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://ga.rice.edu/undergraduate-students/academic-opportunities/majors-minors-certificates/
152318Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyYesNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://www.rose-hulman.edu/campus-life/student-services/registrar/registration-services/change-of-major.html
186380Rutgers University-New BrunswickYesClick Herehttps://soe.rutgers.edu/oas/transfer_schooltoschool122.5Moderatehttps://soe.rutgers.edu/oas/transfer_schooltoschool
122931Santa Clara UniversityYesClick Herehttps://www.scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/internal-transfer/Two quartersVariesModerate-to-Veryhttps://www.scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/internal-transfer/
243744Stanford UniversityNoNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://advising.stanford.edu/current-students/advising-student-handbook/declaring-major
196097Stony Brook UniversityNoClick Herehttps://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/ceas-undergrad/current_students/major_entry_requirements/Varies3.2Moderatehttps://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/registrar/transcripts/majorminor.php
228723Texas A & M University-College StationYesClick Herehttps://us.tamu.edu/Change-of-Major/Information/College-of-Engineering18-to-24 credits3.0-to-3.5Moderate-to-Veryhttps://us.tamu.edu/Change-of-Major/Information
221759The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleYesClick Herehttps://tickle.utk.edu/advising/transfer-students/2 semesters2.8Moderate-to-Veryhttps://tickle.utk.edu/advising/transfer-students/
228778The University of Texas at AustinYesVariesVaries3Veryhttps://cockrell.utexas.edu/admissions/undergraduate/internal-transfer#:~:text=Internal%20transfer%20describes%20the%20process,majors%20through%20an%20online%20application.
168148Tufts UniversityYesClick Herehttps://students.tufts.edu/academic-advice-and-support/first-year-and-transfer-students/transferring-within-tufts-liberal-arts-tofrom-engineeringVaries2.5Moderatehttps://students.tufts.edu/academic-advice-and-support/first-year-and-transfer-students/transferring-within-tufts-liberal-arts-tofrom-engineering
160755Tulane University of LouisianaNoNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://sse.tulane.edu/academics/undergraduate/current-students
196088University at BuffaloYesClick Herehttp://engineering.buffalo.edu/home/academics/undergrad/admissions/current.html4 courses2.5-to-2.8Moderatehttp://engineering.buffalo.edu/home/academics/undergrad/admissions/current.html
104179University of ArizonaNoClick Herehttps://advising.engr.arizona.edu/12 credits2.0-to-2.75Moderatehttps://advising.engr.arizona.edu/
110635University of California-BerkeleyYesClick Herehttps://engineering.berkeley.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/change-of-college/2 semesters3.0-to-3.4Veryhttps://engineering.berkeley.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/change-of-college/
110644University of California-DavisYesClick Herehttps://engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduates/academic-advising/advising-faqs#a15 courses2.0-to-3.0Moderatehttps://engineering.ucdavis.edu/undergraduates/academic-advising/advising-faqs#a1
110653University of California-IrvineYesClick Herehttps://changeofmajor.uci.edu/engineering/#aerospace4 course2.7-to-3.5Moderate-to-Veryhttps://changeofmajor.uci.edu/engineering/#aerospace
110662University of California-Los AngelesYesClick Herehttps://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/change-of-major/2 quarters3.5Veryhttps://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/com-faq/
445188University of California-MercedNoClick Herehttps://engr-advising.ucmerced.edu/policies/declaration-major3-to-6 credits2Less-to-Moderatehttps://bobcat-advising-center.ucmerced.edu/first-year-students/changing-major-or-declaring-minor
110671University of California-RiversideYesClick Herehttps://student.engr.ucr.edu/policies/major-changesVaries2.5-to-3.0Moderatehttps://student.engr.ucr.edu/policies/major-changes
110680University of California-San DiegoYesClick Herehttps://admissions.ucsd.edu/transfer/transfer-major-preparation.html?_ga=2.161630012.1441053178.1610382994-969092741.1603815657Varies3.0-to-4.0Veryhttps://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/sites/default/files/groups/jsoe/docs/students/Capped_Majors_FAQ.pdfMore info here.
110705University of California-Santa BarbaraYesClick Herehttps://engineering.ucsb.edu/undergraduate/academic-advising/change-major-college-engineering303Veryhttps://engineering.ucsb.edu/undergraduate/academic-advising/change-major-college-engineering
110714University of California-Santa CruzNoClick Herehttps://undergrad.soe.ucsc.edu/major-qualification-requirementsVaries2.8Moderate-to-Veryhttps://advising.ucsc.edu/planning/your-major/changing.html
126614University of Colorado BoulderYesClick Herehttps://www.colorado.edu/engineering-advising/intra-university-transfer-iut-engineering-bachelor-science-degree-programs4 courses3Moderatehttps://www.colorado.edu/engineering-advising/intra-university-transfer-iut-engineering-bachelor-science-degree-programs
129020University of ConnecticutYesClick Herehttps://admissions.uconn.edu/apply/transfer/requirements/restricted-programsVaries2.7-to-2.8Moderate-to-Veryhttps://undergrad.engr.uconn.edu/prospective-students/current-uconn-students
130943University of DelawareYesClick Herehttps://www1.udel.edu/registrar/students/restmajorsinfo.htmlVaries2.5-to-3.5Moderate-to-Veryhttps://www1.udel.edu/registrar/students/restmajorsinfo.html
134130University of FloridaYesClick Herehttps://www.eng.ufl.edu/students/resources/undergraduate-student-handbook/changing-major/Varies2.5Veryhttps://www.eng.ufl.edu/students/faq/critical-tracking-requirements-for-engineering-majors/
145637University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignYesClick Herehttps://dgs.illinois.edu/ict-to-pre-engineering1 semester3Veryhttps://dgs.illinois.edu/ict-to-pre-engineering
153658University of IowaYesClick Herehttps://engineering.uiowa.edu/academics/transfer-students2 courses2.5Moderatehttps://engineering.uiowa.edu/academics/transfer-students
163286University of Maryland-College ParkYesClick Herehttps://eng.umd.edu/transfer/internal3 courses3Moderate-to-Veryhttps://eng.umd.edu/transfer/internal
166629University of Massachusetts-AmherstYesClick Herehttps://engineering.umass.edu/current-students/academics-advising/how-to-declare-major-engineering3 courses2Less-to-Moderatehttps://engineering.umass.edu/current-students/academics-advising/how-to-declare-major-engineering
170976University of Michigan-Ann ArborYesClick Herehttps://www.engin.umich.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate/apply/7 courses2.5Veryhttps://www.engin.umich.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate/apply/
174066University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesYesClick Herehttps://cse.umn.edu/college/transfer-within-universityVaries3.2Moderate-to-Veryhttps://cse.umn.edu/college/transfer-within-university
152080University of Notre DameYesClick Herehttps://firstyear.nd.edu/academics/requirements/college-and-major-requirements/NoneNoneLesshttps://firstyear.nd.edu/academics/exploring-majors/
215062University of PennsylvaniaYesClick Herehttps://ugrad.seas.upenn.edu/student-handbook/undergraduate-policies/transfer-in-to-penn-engineering/8 courses3Moderate-to-Veryhttps://ugrad.seas.upenn.edu/student-handbook/undergraduate-policies/transfer-in-to-penn-engineering/
215293University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusYesClick Herehttps://www.engineering.pitt.edu/first-year/transfer-students/internal-transfer-students/8 courses3.0-to-3.5Moderate-to-Veryhttps://www.engineering.pitt.edu/first-year/transfer-students/internal-transfer-students/
195030University of RochesterNoClick Herehttps://www.rochester.edu/college/academics/search.html?school=hajimVaries2Less-to-Moderatehttps://www.rochester.edu/college/ccas/handbook/majors.html
123961University of Southern CaliforniaYesClick Herehttps://viterbiundergrad.usc.edu/pre-engineering/sample-course-plans/1 semester3Moderate-to-Veryhttps://viterbiundergrad.usc.edu/pre-engineering/
230764University of UtahYesClick Herehttps://www.coe.utah.edu/students/future/admissions/#:~:text=In%20order%20to%20be%20admitted,to%20prepare%20them%20for%20admission.2-to-3 semestersVariesModeratehttps://www.coe.utah.edu/students/future/faq/#9f66e707-5fc1-10
234076University of Virginia-Main CampusYesClick Herehttps://engineering.virginia.edu/current-students/current-undergraduate-students/transferring-uva-engineering5 courses2Moderatehttps://engineering.virginia.edu/current-students/current-undergraduate-students/transferring-uva-engineering
236948University of Washington-Seattle CampusYesClick Herehttps://www.engr.washington.edu/admission/directtocollege/faq4 semestersVariesVeryhttps://www.engr.washington.edu/admission/directtocollege/faq
240444University of Wisconsin-MadisonYesClick Herehttps://www.engr.wisc.edu/app/uploads/2021/04/Xcampus-Minimum-Admission-Reqirements-AMENDED-FOR-ACADEMIC-YEAR-2020-2021-1.pdf24 creditsVariesModerate-to-Veryhttps://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/academic-advising/cross-campus-students/
221999Vanderbilt UniversityYesClick Herehttps://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/intra-university-transfers/engineering-letter.php2 semesters2Moderatehttps://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/intra-university-transfers/index.php
233921Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityYesClick Herehttps://eng.vt.edu/academics/undergraduate-students/resources-support/transitional-advising..html#:~:text=Students%20can%20apply%20to%20an,summer%2C%20and%20end%20of%20fall.12 credits2Moderatehttps://www.registrar.vt.edu/dates-deadlines/Change_of_Major_Dates.html
179867Washington University in St LouisYesClick Herehttps://engineering.wustl.edu/academics/undergraduate-admissions/index.html1 semesterNoneLesshttps://admissions.wustl.edu/common-questions/
168421Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYesClick Herehttps://fye.wpi.edu/course-registration/a-and-b-term-course-registration/NoneNoneLesshttps://fye.wpi.edu/fye-programs/academic-advising/
130794Yale UniversityYesNoneNoneNoneLesshttps://advising.yalecollege.yale.edu/declaring-major#Undeclare

 

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