College and Schools / Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Undergraduate Admission

Applicants for admission to the school must satisfy the UC admission requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Study chapter. Students must apply directly to the school by selecting one of the majors within the school or the undeclared engineering option. In the selection process, many elements are considered including grades, test scores, and academic preparation.

Applicants are accepted at either the freshman or junior level.

Admission as a Freshman

Freshman applicants must satisfy the examination requirement described in the Undergraduate Study chapter and should take required tests by the December test date, since scores are part of the review process. Applicants should instruct testing agencies to send results directly to Undergraduate Admission.

Applicants must submit scores from an approved core test of mathematics, language arts, and writing. This requirement may be satisfied by taking either the ACT with Writing test, the SAT Reasoning Test (last administered January 2016), or the SAT with Essay test. Applicants are strongly encouraged to also take the following SAT subject tests: Mathematics Level 2, and a laboratory science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) that is closely related to the intended major.

Freshman applicants must meet the UC subject, scholarship, and examination requirements described on undergraduate admission.

Credit for Advanced Placement Examinations. Students may fulfill part of the school requirements with credit allowed at the time of admission for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations with scores of 3, 4, or 5. Students with AP Examination credit may exceed the 213-unit maximum by the amount of this credit. AP Examination credit for freshmen entering in fall quarter 2017 fulfills requirements as published on the school AP table.

Students who have completed 36 quarter units after high school graduation at the time of the examination receive no AP Examination credit.

Admission as a Junior

Students who begin their college work at a California community college are expected to remain at the community college to complete the lower-division requirements in chemistry, computer programming, English composition, mathematics, physics, and the recommended engineering courses before transferring to UCLA. Transfer students who have completed the recommended lower-division program in engineering at California community colleges normally can complete the remaining requirements for one of the BS degrees in two to three academic years of full-time study. Students who select certain majors, such as Computer Science and Engineering or Chemical Engineering, may be required to complete additional lower-division courses for the major sequence.

Lower-Division Requirements

Applicants to the school in junior standing should have completed 90 quarter units (60 semester units) in good standing, including the following lower-division minimum subject requirements:

  1. Chemistry courses equivalent to Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L at UCLA (only Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A is required for the Electrical Engineering major; the Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering curricula also require Chemistry and Biochemistry 30A, 30AL, 30B). The Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer Science and Engineering majors do not require chemistry
  2. Mathematics courses equivalent to Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B at UCLA. The Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors do not require Mathematics 33B
  3. Physics courses equivalent to Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL at UCLA, depending on curriculum selected
  4. Computer programming: applicants to the Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering majors may take any C++, C, or Java course to meet the admission requirement, but to be competitive the applicant must take a C++ course equivalent to Computer Science 31 at UCLA. Applicants to Chemical Engineering may take any C++, C, Java, or MATLAB course to satisfy the admission requirement, but lack of a MATLAB course equivalent to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20 or Civil and Environmental Engineering M20 at UCLA will delay time to graduation. Applicants to all other engineering majors may take any C++, C, Java, or MATLAB course to satisfy the admission requirement, but the MATLAB course equivalent to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20 or Civil and Environmental Engineering M20 is preferred
  5. Additional life sciences (4 units), English composition (5 units), and humanities/social sciences courses (total of 16 quarter units minimum) equivalent to school general education (GE) courses

Transfer students must also complete a course equivalent to English Composition 3 at UCLA and a second UC-transferable English composition course.

All lower-division requirements should be completed by the end of the spring term prior to anticipated enrollment at UCLA.

Transfer Credit

Students transferring to the school from institutions that offer instruction in engineering subjects in the first two years, particularly California community colleges, may be given credit for certain engineering core requirements.

Many sophomore courses in circuit analysis, strength of materials, and properties of materials may satisfy Civil and Environmental Engineering 108, Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, and Materials Science and Engineering 104 requirements respectively. Check with the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall.