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
You will be evaluated as a freshman for admissions purposes if:
- You are a graduate from a US high school and have earned fewer than 15 semester hours of college-level credit; or,
- You are an international student who has completed the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary schooling and have never been enrolled in post-secondary study.
|Rank in Class||
Math (M) + Critical Reading (CR)
Critical Reading (CR)
|ACT Composite||ACT English|
|ReCOMMENDED High School Courses for Engineering Majors||Credits|
|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 and Major Changes for Current Students
You will be evaluated as a transfer student for admissions purposes if:
- You are a current UH student who wants to change to an engineering major (see petition to change major);
- 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.
|All college level work attempted||3.00|
|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 attempted at least one non-remedial college level English course, at least one calculus course, and at least one college level science course* required by any engineering major. In the calculation of each GPA, all attempts taken at any institution count – even if course was repeated.|
|* Biology 1361/1161 and 1362/1162, Chemistry 1331/1111, 1332/1112, 1372/1117, 3221, 3331, and 3332, Geology 1330, Physics 1321/1121 and 1322.|
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:
Students seeking readmission from Engineering Suspension into the Cullen College of Engineering must follow the readmissions procedure by the deadline date as outlined:
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.
Students admitted to the University of Houston must meet certain criteria to enroll in Core Curriculum, English, and math courses. See requirements at the UScholars Academic Advising Center.
UH Math Placement Exam
All students who do not satisfy one of the requirements below must take the UH Math Placement Exam. This placement exam is free and can be taken online. Students who satisfy one or more of the requirements below can still choose to the take the UH Placement Exam to assess their current Math skills and how those skills translate into the UH Math curriculum. Students are not required to take the UH Math Placement exam if they:
- Have transfer credit for MATH 1310 College Algebra or higher;
- Have credit for MATH 1310 College Algebra or higher through Advanced Placement Examinations (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or other examinations as shown on the University Testing Services Credit by Examination webpage.