External Transfer Students

Students seeking admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering with 30 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 1. (summer/fall admission only)

Guidelines for Transfer Students

Below are general guidelines for prospective transfer students. Additional information is available on the Be a Longhorn Web site. Students are encouraged to contact Engineering Student Services by calling 512-471-4321 or visiting the Engineering Student Services (ESS) building, 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 admissions counselor:
Admissions counselors are also available for one-on-one appointments on a drop-in basis every day between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 7 of the Main Building. Please visit Campus Visits for Prospective Undergraduates for more information.

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:
Campus tours for prospective transfer students and their families are held Monday–Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (2 p.m. tour only takes place during December and May; no tours are conducted on official university holidays) and on Saturday at 10 a.m.. Tours depart from the second floor of Walter Webb Hall. For more information call 512-475-7399.

Engineering Student Services (formerly SAO)

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

Location: Engineering Student Services (ESS) Building
Street Address: 2407 Speedway
E-mail: student-affairs@engr.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-4321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.