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General Admission Requirements for the University

To enroll in engineering, students must first apply to the University of Utah:


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    FRESHMAN ADMISSION

    Beginning with admission for the Fall 2016 semester, the College of Engineering is moving to a direct admission model. Admitting students directly to the College of Engineering as freshmen will allow students to receive more directed advising and greater access to College-specific resources sooner in their academic careers.

    In order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering, prospective freshmen must first apply to the University of Utah. Where the application asks for intended major, applicants should select their desired Engineering major. Depending on certain application criteria, students will either be given direct admission to the College or pre-engineering status. The difference between direct admission and pre-engineering status are described below.

    For questions regarding direct admission and pre-engineering status, contact us at info@coe.utah.edu.

    For general information for future U students, visit http://www.utah.edu/future-students/.

    FRESHMAN DIRECT ADMISSION

    Direct admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and requirements are designed to identify students who are prepared for the rigors of engineering study. Factors for direct admission include ACT/SAT scores (emphasis on math), strong college prep curriculum (emphasis on math and science courses), calculus readiness, and GPA.

    Students accepted to the College with direct admission will receive an extra insert in their U admission packet. In order to accept direct admission, students will need to confirm their intent to enroll at the University of Utah in the College of Engineering and pay the $150 enrollment deposit by the May 1 deadline at admissions.utah.edu/deposit.

    Once students accept admission to both the U and the College of Engineering, their information will be sent to their intended major’s department for consideration. Some departments will accept direct admission students immediately. Others will accept direct admission students once they have completed pre-requisite courses. Either way, all direct admission students will be taking beginning engineering courses toward their majors.

    FRESHMAN PRE-ENGINEERING ADMISSION

    Students who do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the College will be admitted to the University as pre-engineering. Pre-engineering students will be admitted to the College of Engineering when they have successfully completed the required pre-requisites (usually two to three semesters). Pre-engineering students will work closely with academic advisors for admission consideration and help with prerequisites.

    Students accepted to the U as pre-engineering will receive a letter of admission from the University. In order to accept pre-engineering status, students will need to confirm their intent to enroll at the University of Utah in the College of Engineering and pay the $150 enrollment deposit by the May 1 deadline at admissions.utah.edu/deposit.

    In order to be admitted to the College of Engineering, pre-engineering students must meet with the College of Engineering academic advisor during their first semester at the U. The advisor will help students determine which courses they should take in order to prepare them for admission. Once the necessary courses are satisfactorily completed, students will be admitted to the College.

    TRANSFER STUDENTS

    For students transferring to the U from another institution of higher education:

    If you have at least 30 semester credit hours from a regionally-accredited college or university, you will apply to the U as a transfer student. The most current University admission information and criteria for transfer students is available at http://admissions.utah.edu/apply/undergraduate/transfer/index.php.

    If you have earned fewer than 30 semester credit hours, you will be considered under the criteria for freshman students listed above. Your application to the U will follow the same guidelines for freshmen applicants, which includes high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. See the U’s Office of Admissions’ website for more information: http://admissions.utah.edu/apply/undergraduate/freshman.php

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

    International students must meet the U’s application requirements and will be considered for direct admission to the College using the same criteria for freshmen and transfer students listed above. Visit the U’s Office of Admissions’ website for the most up to date information about international student applications. http://admissions.utah.edu/apply/international/


    Preparation

    We encourage our prospective students to take as many math/science courses as possible. We advise that a student take math every year while in high school.

    Enroll in AP, IB, concurrent and honors courses if they exist in your school. Participate in science specific extracurricular activities like science fairs, math/engineering competitions, and engineering camps. Engage in extracurricular activities that develop your skill-set outside of math, science and engineering.

    Well-rounded students will always thrive in an ever-changing global engineering community.

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