External Transfer Applicants

Students seeking admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering with 24 hours of transferable credit from other colleges or universities are classified as external transfer students.

In addition to submitting a completed application for admission, external transfer applicants to the Cockrell School should also review the following information regarding special application requirements and admission restrictions.

  • Admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering is based on criteria similar to but higher than those for admission to the university.
  • The school limits undergraduate admission to the number of students it can provide a professional high-quality education.
  • Each transfer applicant's performance in technical coursework such as calculus, chemistry and physics is carefully reviewed.
  • Application deadline is March 1st. (fall admission only)

Guidelines for Transfer Students

Below are general guidelines for prospective transfer students. Additional information is available through Texas Admissions. Students are encouraged to contact Engineering Student Services by calling 512-471-4321 or visiting the Engineering Student Services office located in the Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), room 2.848, for general information regarding the external admissions process. Because significant differences may exist among courses that appear to be quite similar, students who have questions about the requirements of a specific degree plan should contact the appropriate departmental advising office.

  1. Students who wish to transfer to the university from another college or university must apply to the Office of Admissions as described in General Information. Requirements for admission as a transfer student vary, but all transfer applicants must submit transcripts of all college and high school coursework.
  2. Only courses listed in the student's engineering degree program, or equivalent courses accepted by the department chair and approved by the dean, may be counted toward an engineering degree. A course may therefore be accepted for transfer credit but not be applicable toward an engineering degree.
  3. Transfer students must have completed at least the equivalent of:
    • Mathematics 408D or M 408L or M 408M
    • Physics 303K
    • Physics 103M (lab)
  4. Transfer applicants must also complete four technical courses (math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computer science, and engineering).
    • The above listed courses in #3 may apply toward the four technical courses.
  5. Refer to the Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) online database for details about how the courses you are taking, or plan to take, will transfer.
  6. Completion of sequences of technical courses in the major area sometimes requires five or more semesters. Therefore, most transfer students should anticipate a minimum of five semesters or the equivalent in residence at the university.
  7. Transfer students with more than 40 semester hours of credit in an engineering or pre-engineering program may be eligible for admission to a major sequence.
  8. A maximum of 25 semester credit hours in electrical engineering transfer courses may be counted toward a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (for students entering in fall 2012 and after).

Additional Resources

Campus Visits

Meet with an engineering advisor:
For general information regarding the external transfer process, prospective students can schedule an engineering advising appointment with an Engineering Student Services advisor by calling 512-471-4321.

Campus tours:
 Prospective transfer students may view and register for campus tours online. Tours depart from the Visitor Center in Walter Webb Hall. For more information, please refer to the Visit page.

Engineering Student Services

Contact Engineering Student Services (ESS) for answers about policies, procedures, support services and programs.

Location: Engineering Education and Research Center (EER), 2.848 
Street Address: 2501 Speedway
E-mail: studentservices@engr.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m