Change of college
Admission via a change of college application is highly unlikely and students should not count on admission through this method. Through direct freshman and transfer admissions, we admit the maximum number of students possible each year. Students interested in studying Engineering at UC Berkeley should apply directly to the college as freshman or transfer applicants. Please note: Transfer students admitted to other schools or college at Berkeley are not eligible for change of college.
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 of our 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 intended or already declared major in your current college. 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 are pursuing in their admitted college.
Beginning Fall 2017, the College of Engineering stopped accepting change of college applications for any of the following: EECS major, EECS/MSE joint major, EECS/NE joint major.
For more details about the change of college process, see our change of college application page.