For Prospective Students

The UC Davis College of Engineering integrates teaching, research and service to society to advance the leading edge of engineering knowledge and train the next generation of engineers who will make a difference in the world.

Consistently ranked among the top engineering schools in the nation, we are leaders in research that addresses some of the world’s most important challenges. Our professors are national and international authorities in such critical areas as energy, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, computer network security and biomedical imaging technology.
In addition to being recognized for their scholarship, our professors also are honored by their peers and their students for their teaching and mentoring skills.

Built upon a foundation of strong fundamentals in mathematics, chemical and biological sciences, the education we provide gives students the tools that will enable them to grow and adapt to a quickly changing technical world. We also offer numerous opportunities to develop leadership, entrepreneurial, business, communications and hands-on technical skills through our Student Startup Center and through participation in design teams, undergraduate research, our 36 engineering organizations, and in the large, well-equipped student design center – a rare resource in engineering schools today.


Q: What is the Fall 2017 Freshman Admissions Profile (middle 50%) for the College of Engineering?
A: GPA Range: 3.97 – 4.27  SAT Range: 1300-1490*

Q: Can I finish in four years?
A: Yes, as long as you enroll in courses in the sequence recommended by your department. You should also keep in touch with your departmental advisor who can help you plan your courses most efficiently.

*SAT total new scale: 400-1600


Q: How can I improve my chances of getting accepted to the College of Engineering?
A: To be considered, you need to have an overall GPA of at least 3.10, and required major course group cumulative GPA of 3.20. Highest priority for admission is given to California community college transfer applicants who have completed the specific lower division engineering courses required for admission with at least 90 quarter units (60 semester units).

Q: Do I need to complete IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum)?
A: You should place highest priority on completing all requirements for your chosen engineering major. By completing IGETC, however, your General Education requirement at UC Davis will be totally satisfied. Completing IGETC is not required, nor does it improve the likelihood a student will be admitted

Q: Does the College of Engineering offer a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)?
A: Yes. A Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) requires completion of 45 Quarter units (30 semester units) and an overall 3.30 GPA at the time the contract is written. Once you have met these requirements, we will guarantee your fall quarter admission to UC Davis in an engineering major of your choice. You must apply for admission during the open filing period. For more information about TAG:

Q: Can transfer students pursue a master’s in engineering from UC Davis?
Yes. Many transfer students successfully pursue graduate studies at UC Davis. Application deadlines vary by department (December 1 through January 15); please contact the department for detailed information.


Q: When do I apply for admission?
A: Apply in November 2018 for Fall 2019 admission. Get more information on admission here:

Q: Do I have to declare a major when I apply?
A: Yes. You will be admitted to an engineering major when you are admitted to the college.

Q: Can I change my major after I am admitted?
A: Yes, provided you complete the change of major requirements.

Q: What does it cost to attend UC Davis?
A: The average yearly cost for a freshman student living on campus during the 2017–18 academic year is estimated to be about $35,073. Get the details on annual costs here:

Q: What kind of computer do I need?
A: When purchasing a computer, students should seriously consider purchasing a laptop. Laptops have the considerable advantage and convenience of being mobile and easy to bring to classes, the library, wireless study lounges, cafés, etc. For more information, visit:

Q: How do I apply for financial aid?
A: To be considered for any form of financial aid, including grants and loans, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The annual priority filing deadline for grant consideration is March 2. Get more information on the financial aid application process here: http://

Q: Can Engineering students participate in Study Abroad?
A: Yes. Engineering students at UC Davis are encouraged to participate in Study Abroad programs and can go abroad for a quarter, year, or summer. There are great opportunities in the Summer Abroad program specifically for Engineering students. UC Davis also supports a wide array of regional academic opportunities, including the UC Davis Washington Program. Get more information on Study Abroad here:

Q: Can Engineering students participate in Internships?
A: Yes. Engineering students have opportunities to gain industry and/or research experience through summer internships, or six-month “co-ops.” You can apply what you’ve learned inside the classroom to the real world. The UC Davis Internship and Career Center helps students establish their graduate study and career networks. Get more information here:


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