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

You will be evaluated as a transfer student for admissions purposes if:

  • You are a US citizen and have earned 15 or more semester hours of college-level credit; or,
  • You are an international student who has completed post-secondary coursework.

For more information, visit UH Transfer Admissions

Area Required GPA
All college level work attempted 3.25
All calculus courses and math courses with calculus prerequisites attempted 3.00
All college level science courses* required by any engineering major attempted 3.00
All college level non-remedial English courses attempted 2.50
All college level engineering courses attempted 3.00

To be admitted, students must have credit for (can include AP credit):

  • Calculus I — MATH 2413
  • Calculus II — MATH 2414
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry I — CHEM 1311
  • University Physics I — PHYS 2325

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

* BIOL 1306/1106 and 1307/1107, CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/1112, 1372/1117, 2123, 2323, and 2325, GEOL 1303/1103, PHYS 2325/2125 and 2326/2126

 

Major Changes for Current Students

You will be evaluated for major change admissions purposes if:

Area Required GPA
All college level work attempted 3.25
All calculus courses and math courses with calculus prerequisites attempted 3.00
All college level science courses* required by any engineering major attempted 3.00
All college level non-remedial English courses attempted 2.50
All college level engineering courses attempted 3.00

To be admitted, students must have credit for (can include AP credit):

  • MATH 2413 — Calculus I
  • MATH 2414 — Calculus II
  • CHEM 1311 — Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • PHYS 2325 — University Physics I
  • ENGI 1100 — Introduction to Engineering (Requires credit for or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2413)
  • ENGI 1331 — Computing for Engineers (Requires credit for MATH 2413, CHEM 1311 or PHYS 2325, and ENGI 1100)

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

* BIOL 1306/1106 and 1307/1107, CHEM 1311/1111, 1312/1112, 1372/1117, 2123, 2323, and 2325, GEOL 1303/1103, PHYS 2325/2125 and 2326/2126

Major courses (courses that count towards a program’s major GPA) are defined in each major’s section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Non-engineering students at UH may be allowed to attempt lower-level sophomore courses as detailed above. See the advisor for the engineering major of interest to discuss. 

 

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: http://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

October 7, 21 Thursday 10:00am – 11:00am
October 12, 26 Tuesday 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.