College and Schools / Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science


Undergraduate students who achieve scholastic distinction may qualify for the following honors and programs:

Dean’s Honors List

Students following the engineering curricula are eligible to be named to the Dean’s Honors list each term. Minimum requirements are a course load of at least 15 units (12 units of letter grade) with a grade-point average equal to or greater than 3.7. Students are not eligible for the Dean’s Honors List if they receive an Incomplete (I) or Not Passed (NP) grade or repeat a course. Only courses applicable to an undergraduate degree are considered toward eligibility for Dean’s Honors.

Latin Honors

Students who have achieved scholastic distinction may be awarded the bachelor’s degree with honors. To be eligible, students must have completed 90 or more units for a letter grade at the University of California and must have attained a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) at graduation that places them in the top five percent of the school (GPA of 3.885 or better) for summa cum laude, next five percent (GPA of 3.816 or better) for magna cum laude, and the next 10 percent (GPA of 3.698 or better) for cum laude. The minimum GPAs required are subject to change on an annual basis. Required GPAs in effect in the graduating year determine student eligibility.

Based on grades achieved in upper-division courses applied to a specific school degree requirement, engineering students must also have a 3.885 grade-point average for summa cum laude, 3.816 for magna cum laude, and 3.698 for cum laude. For all designations of honors, students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in their major field upper-division courses. Upper-division courses that are not applied to a specific school BS degree requirement are excluded from these upper-division averages.

Tau Beta Pi

The UCLA chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, encourages high scholarship, supplies volunteer tutors, and offers many services and programs to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.

Departmental Scholar Program

Exceptionally promising juniors or seniors may be nominated as Departmental Scholars to pursue engineering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs simultaneously. Minimum qualifications include the completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA, or the equivalent at a similar institution; the current minimum grade-point average required for honors at graduation; and the requirements in preparation for the major. To obtain both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Departmental Scholars fulfill the requirements for each program. Students may not use any one course to fulfill requirements for both degrees.

For details, contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in 6426 Boelter Hall well in advance of application dates for admission to graduate standing.

Exceptional Student Admissions Program

There is an Exceptional Student Admissions Program (ESAP) for outstanding Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduates who wish to enter the school graduate program upon completion of the BS degree. ESAP is an alternative to the Departmental Scholar Program. In contrast to that program, an ESAP-admitted student would be an enrolled graduate student and would be eligible for consideration of graduate fellowships and teaching assistant positions if available.