Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

For admission rules and requirements applicable to all University of Houston applicants visit UH Admissions.

Admission standards for the Cullen College of Engineering are higher than the general admissions criteria for UH. The tables below show the College of Engineering’s admission criteria for high school graduates and transfer students. Current UH students who want to change their majors to engineering must meet the transfer student admissions criteria. 

 

Cullen College of Engineering Freshman Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Minimum Test Scores
Class Rank SAT
Minimum SAT Score Total/
Minimum SAT Evidence-Based
Reading and Writing (ERW)
ACT
Minimum Composite/
Minimum ACT English
Top 25% 1270/630 27 and 24
26 – 50% 1320/630 28 and 24
51 – 75% 1400/630 31 and 24
All Others 1420/630 32 and 24
RECOMMENDED High School Courses for Engineering Majors Credits
English 4
Social Studies 3
Chemistry 1
Physics 1
Mathematics (including two units/credits in algebra, one in geometry, and one-half in either elementary analysis or analytical geometry) 4
Mechanical Engineering Majors Only:  Course in mechanical drawing/drafting in the tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade.  A deficiency in this area may be made up during the first year at the University of Houston.  

 

Transfer Students & Major Changes for Current Students

Please consult the UH Admission website at https://uh.edu/admissions/ to determine if you qualify as a freshman or transfer admit. Current UH students who want to change to an engineering major, see Major Change Request Form.

To better accommodate the diversity of academic backgrounds of transfer student applicants, the Cullen College of Engineering has adopted a total holistic admission review process. This policy applies to all applicants to engineering including those that satisfy transfer admission standards which are as follows.

Area Required GPA
All college level work attempted 3.25
All college level math courses attempted 3.00
All college level science courses attempted 3.00
All college level English courses attempted 2.50
All college level engineering courses attempted 3.00

To following courses (can include AP credit) are preferred but not required to be admitted:

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • General Chemistry I
  • “Calculus-based” Physics I

In the calculation of each GPA, all attempts taken at any institution count — even if a course was repeated.

 

Readmission

Students seeking readmission from University Academic Suspension or returning to the University of Houston after an interruption of at least four terms or 13 consecutive months into the Cullen College of Engineering must follow the readmissions procedure by the deadline date as outlined: https://www.uh.edu/admissions/apply/re-apply-former-student/

Students seeking readmission from Engineering Suspension into the Cullen College of Engineering must follow the readmissions procedure by the deadline date as outlined. Click here for more information.

 

New Student Conferences

All new freshman and transfer students admitted to the University of Houston are required to attend an orientation conference. For more information see the University’s New Student Conferences webpage.

 

Credit by Exam

The University of Houston and Cullen College of Engineering accept credit through various examination programs, including the Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Subject Tests. UH Departmental Exams are also available to test out of certain courses. For more information see the University Testing Services Credit by Examination webpage.

 

Placement Exams

For more information, see the University Testing Services webpage.

 

UH Math Placement Exam

For more information, see the Math Placement FAQ webpage.

 

Undergraduate Programs Virtual Walk-In Advising Schedule

April 4, 11, 18, 25 Monday 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Contact Jemal Moore, Engineering Undergraduate Academic Records Coordinator at jmoore [at] central.uh.edu or 713-743-4200, for zoom link information on attending a session. Provide your Full Name, UHID#, and topic of discussion in email.