Change of College (into COE)
Berkeley Engineering is the #3 ranked undergraduate engineering program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report 2011), so it is extremely competitive to be admitted to the College of Engineering and most of our majors/courses are highly impacted. For the Fall 2013 semester, only 12.7% of the almost 14,000 freshmen applicants to the College of Engineering were admitted; thousands of highly qualified applicants were denied admission to the College of Engineering.
Freshmen applicants who applied to and were admitted to another college at UC Berkeley who are now interested in an engineering major, are advised that though they may apply during their third semester for a Change of College to the College of Engineering, the process is highly competitive and there is no guarantee that a student’s application will be approved. Since we are a professional college, our students are admitted as freshmen and transfers cohorts and we have very few spots available to students who didn't apply directly to the College of Engineering.
New Freshman admits to other UC Berkeley colleges need to work with advisers in their admitted college to develop an academic plan that prepares the student for completion of a major in the college they were admitted to. The plan can include courses needed for a Change of College to the College of Engineering (though these are often very difficult-- if not impossible-- for non-engineering majors to get into), but must simultaneously move the student toward completion of a major in the college they were admitted to (assuming their application for a Change of College is not approved). New freshmen admits to other UC Berkeley colleges are not permitted to attend CalSO (summer orientation) sessions designated for engineering students or the College of Engineering’s New Student Orientation during Welcome Week. Due to limited advising resources, academic advisers in the College of Engineering are unfortunately not available to meet with students interested in a Change of College outside the scheduled Change of College workshops offered during the fall and spring application periods; Peer Advisers are available in Engineering Student Services each week day during the academic year.
A number of factors are considered when Change of College applications are reviewed including, but not limited to, completion (at a minimum) of the prescribed engineering freshman curriculum, the student’s overall GPA in these courses, the number of technical courses completed at UCB (as opposed to at community college or through AP/IB exams), space availability in the major to which a student has applied, and the student’s motivation for engineering, career goals, etc. Change of College applicants should note that because most programs in the College of Engineering are very impacted, seats in engineering courses are reserved for students accepted to the College of Engineering as freshman or transfer applicants. It is difficult for students not in the College of Engineering to get a seat in engineering courses which makes an application for Change of College challenging as one requirement for admission is completion of the prescribed Engineering curriculum. Since availability in these courses for non-engineering students is very limited, it may not be possible to meet the minimum requirements for consideration. Students admitted to other colleges at UC Berkeley may want to add an engineering minor to the major they pursue in their College.
Applications may be submitted once each semester during a designated period:
Late applications will not be accepted.
Notification decisions will occur between November 20th-January 15th (fall applicants) or April 20th-June 20th (spring applicants). Please do not contact the office during the application review period. You will be notified as soon as a decision has been reached.
Applicants for a Change of College to a major in the College of Engineering must meet ALL of the following requirements to be considered:
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If after reading over all information on our website about change of college you have a quick question, email firstname.lastname@example.org Note that this email is intended for simple clarification questions only; if you have in-depth or multiple questions, you need to attend a workshop or meet with a peer adviser.