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Change of College (into COE)

Admission to Engineering via a Change of College application is highly unlikely and very competitive as there are few, if any, spaces that open in our College each year to students admitted to other colleges at UC Berkeley.  If you have been admitted at other institutions where you can easily choose Engineering, we strongly advise you to consider accepting admission there.  It is unlikely if you were not admitted directly to the College of Engineering at U.C. Berkeley that you will be able to declare an Engineering major here. Students should absolutely not count on admission through Change of College.

Berkeley Engineering is the #3 ranked undergraduate engineering program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report). We receive significantly more applications for freshman and transfer admission each year than we have space in any of our programs to accommodate. As a result, it is extremely competitive to be admitted to the College of Engineering (for the Fall 2013 semester, only 12.7% of the almost 14,000 freshmen applicants to the College of Engineering were admitted, two times more selective than the College of Letters & Science). As we, regrettably, deny admission each year to thousands of highly qualified freshman and transfer students who apply directly to our College, very few students who chose to apply to other colleges at U.C. Berkeley are admitted to Engineering through a change of college application.  We admit through the freshman and transfer process the maximum number of students our College can accommodate.

It is imperative that new Freshman admits to other U.C. Berkeley colleges 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 application to the College of Engineering (though these courses 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.   Students must absolutely not count on admission through Change of College.  Academic advisers in the College of Engineering are not available to meet with students interested in a Change of College however  Peer Advisers are available in Engineering Student Services each week day during the academic year to answer questions from potential applicants.

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), number of technical courses completed each semester at UCB, space availability in the major to which a student has applied, and the student’s motivation for engineering as described in the personal statement. 

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 College of Engineering students.  It is difficult for students not in the College of Engineering to get a seat in many engineering courses which makes an application for Change of College even more 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 are encouraged to consider adding an engineering minor to the major they pursue in their admitted College.

Application Periods

Applications may be submitted once each semester during a designated period:

  • Fall Semester: the first day of instruction through October 1st  for admission to that same fall semester
  • Spring Semester: the first week of instruction through March 1 for admission to that same spring semester

We do not offer rolling admission, so regardless of when the application is submitted, it won't be reviewed until after the deadline. Late applications are not  accepted.

 Application Criteria

Applicants for a Change of College to a major in the College of Engineering must meet ALL of the following requirements to be considered:

  • Minimum technical GPA of 3.4 for EECS and BIOE. Note that this is the minimum GPA needed for consideration; students should anticipate that the GPA required for admission will be higher. You must meet the GPA requirement on the day you submit your application.  If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement on the day you submit your application, you will not be considered.

  • Minimum 3.0 technical (math, science, and engineering classes) GPA for all other majors. Note that this is the minimum GPA needed for consideration; students should anticipate that the GPA required for admission will be higher. You must meet the GPA requirement on the day you submit your application.  If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement on the day you submit your application, you will not be considered.

  • Completion of two semesters of coursework at U.C. Berkeley (FPF does NOT count as one semester).

  • Satisfactory academic progress towards completion of requirements for selected major.  For all majors this means completion of (at a minimum) the freshman year curriculum for the intended major (which can be found at http://coe.berkeley.edu/guide) and have in progress the requisite number of additional courses to be on track for that major.

  • Ability to complete the degree within four (4) years or eight (8) total semesters

  • Transfer students are not eligible to apply for change of college into Engineering

  • Apply by no later than your fourth semester of college enrollment.

  • IEOR applicants must complete 2 letter graded math courses at UCB to be eligible to apply. This two course requirement cannot be met with AP, IB or A-Level exam scores.

  • EECS applicants must have completed EE 20N and 40 to be eligible to apply. 

 

Ready to Apply?

 Visit this link for all the applications materials and detailed information on what to submit.

 

 If after reading over all information on our website about change of college you have a quick question, email changeofcollege@coe.berkeley.edu   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.