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Admission to the College of Science and Engineering is competitive and based on an assessment of the applicant’s academic record and potential for success in their designated major. Primary review factors include completion of appropriate prerequisite courses and the applicant’s technical grade point average. Other factors include a student’s progress toward their intended degree, the applicant’s cumulative grade point average and grade trends.
Prerequisite courses and review criteria
Transfer students will be considered for admission to the College of Science and Engineering having met both of the following criteria:
Minimum course prerequisites by intended major:
* Physics II (PHYS 1302W) is a recommended prerequisite for Computer Science, other approved lab-based sciences may be substituted. Physics II (PHYS 1302W) is required for Computer Engineering
** Structure of Computer Programming I (CSCI 1901) is recommended for both programs, if available.
Technical Grade Point Average
Most successful applicants to the College of Science and Engineering have a 3.2 or higher technical grade point average (technical GPA). This GPA consists of courses in math, physics, and chemistry (beginning with equivalents to those listed above) as well as engineering, computer science and other technical courses.
Current Twin Cities’ campus students will be considered for transfer admission based primarily on their grades earned at the Twin Cities campus.
Beginning with the Fall 2013 admissions process, an applicant’s technical GPA will be calculated using all grades of repeated courses (referred to as an unbracketed technical GPA). Fall 2013 applicants will be considered for admission based on both unbracketed and bracketed (only using the most recent grade of a repeated course) technical GPAs. Students applying for admission beyond fall 2013 will be considered primarily based on their unbracketed technical GPA.
Students with fewer than 26 credits
Transfer applicants who apply with fewer than 26 college credits completed after high school will be reviewed based on a combination of the above criteria and the freshman admission requirements (high school rank, high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, etc).
Spring 2013 Deadlines
Limited spring transfer admission to CSE is available for current University students with preference for students who are eligible for admission directly to their major (upper division) program.
Fall 2013 Deadlines
To transfer to CSE from another college or coordinate campus within the University of Minnesota system, please complete the Undergraduate Change of College form. This form is available at a U of M One Stop Office. You can also download a copy from the One Stop website.
If you have more questions about transferring between colleges at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities please attend a weekly information session. The duration of the session is approximately 30 minutes. Registration is not required; simply arrive for the session at its scheduled time. Session dates, times, and locations are listed below:
Inter-College transfer information sessions