Change of college application

Important details about application deadlines, admissions criteria, requirements and advising can be found on our change of college page. Please review the sample degree worksheet and program planning form as a guide to properly completing the forms. Peer Advisers are available in 230 Bechtel during the fall and spring semesters to review your forms. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Effective Fall 2017, the College of Engineering will not accept change of college applications for any of the following: EECS major, EECS/MSE joint major, EECS/NE joint major.

Application components

  1. Unofficial Transcript. You should be able to print an unofficial transcript from CalCentral on the “My Academics” page.  You can also go to Cal Student Central in Sproul Hall to request an unofficial transcript.
  2. Major application worksheet:
  3. Degree worksheet: In general students should use the 2018 Degree Worksheet for the major to which they are applying. Students applying to the MSE major can use the 2019 worksheet. You can use either Math 54 or Physics 89 to satisfy the requirement.
  4. Program planning form, semester-by-semester plan from current semester to graduation date
  5. Change of major form
  6. Personal statement, one or two pages, explaining your motivation and preparation for an engineering degree. Topics might include:
    • How did you become interested in engineering?
    • Why are you interested in this major? What excites you about studying this major? Is there an option in the major you plan to follow?
    • What experiences influenced your decision (i.e., jobs, related projects, courses, discussions with faculty, professional engineers or engineering students)?
    • What other experiences, such as co-curricular activities, have you had that you can relate to engineering? You should also include activities that may not relate to engineering. What skills did you learn from these activities that will help you in engineering?
    • What are your goals or aspirations with an engineering degree?
    • Why didn’t you choose to apply directly to the College of Engineering as a freshman?