Change of college

Each year, Berkeley Engineering receives many more applications for freshman and transfer admissions than we can accommodate. For current Berkeley students wishing to transfer into the College of Engineering, or for prospective students hoping to transfer after they enroll, admission via a change of college application is highly unlikely and very competitive. Students should not count on admission through this method.  Through freshman and transfer admissions, we admit the maximum number of students.

Change of college applicants should note that because most programs in the College of Engineering are heavily subscribed, seats in our courses are reserved for engineering students. It is difficult for non-engineering students to get a seat in many engineering courses. This makes a change of college application 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.

If you’re already a freshman at Berkeley, it’s imperative that you work with the advisers in your admitted college to develop an academic plan that prepares you for completion of your previously declared major. Your plan may include courses needed for a change of college application to the College of Engineering, but they must simultaneously advance you toward completion of your current major. Students admitted to other colleges at Berkeley are encouraged to consider adding an engineering minor to the major they pursue in their admitted college.

To apply, see our change of college application page.

Application periods

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

  • Fall semester: the first day of instruction through October 1 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.

Decisions are emailed to students during the following windows:

  • Fall applicants: November 1-30
  • Spring applicants: April 1-20

Application criteria

We consider a number of factors 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 Berkeley (not at a community college or through AP/IB exams), number of technical courses completed each semester at Berkeley, space availability in the major to which a student has applied and the student’s motivation for engineering as described in the personal statement.

Requirements

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 (math, science and engineering classes) GPA of 3.4 for EECS and BioE; minimum 3.0 technical 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.
  • Completion of two semesters of coursework at Berkeley (Fall Program for Freshmen 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 in the College of Engineering Undergraduate 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 years or eight total semesters.
  • Transfer students are not eligible to apply for change of college into engineering
  • Application by no later than your fourth semester of college enrollment.
  • IEOR applicants must complete two letter-graded math courses at Berkeley 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.

Planning information

To plan adequately, please review the following websites and forms:

  • The College of Engineering Undergraduate Guide has detailed information on majors, including a semester-by-semester academic plan to complete your degree requirements. The departmental websites also have information about requirements, usually found in the undergraduate or degree programs section.
  • A “what-if” Degree Audit Report (DARS) for your intended major in engineering will show you what requirements you have completed for the major — and what’s left.
  • A semester-by-semester enrollment plan will help you organize how to complete the major requirements by the time it will take to graduate.
  • The humanities and social sciences page on our website explains the complete details on this six-course requirement.

Advising

College of Engineering academic advisers are not available to meet with students interested in a change of college application. However, peer advisers are available in Engineering Student Services each weekday during the academic year to answer general questions on the process. Please note that advisers cannot comment on any student’s chance of admission, or assist with preparing an application.

Contact

For a quick question, send us an email or stop by and ask a peer adviser.