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Transfer Admission to the School of Engineering

In every case, an applicant for transfer admission must be in good academic standing at any college which he/she is currently attending or has previously attended, and must be eligible to return there. A transfer student is expected to have a better than average academic record and, in considering this record, the Committee on Admission will give special attention to the performance in mathematics and science, fields in which an aptitude for a science-based curriculum should be shown. An applicant must present suitable scores from the SAT I of the College Board or the American College Test (ACT). Students may have to take a written English placement test and/or and ESL course if their first language is not English and they have been in the United States less than six years. The ESL course helps to ensure that students are proficient in technical communication in English.

An applicant for transfer from the Virginia Community College System should enroll in the Associate in Science degree program with a specialization in engineering. In case the Associate in Science program in engineering is not offered, the student should select courses comparable to those offered in the first year at the University and plan to transfer into the second year.

Transfer students are admitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and are not admitted directly into an academic major at the admission phase of this process.  Students are placed into a SEAS major after an evaluation of transfer credit and any other forms of advanced standing.  Like all SEAS students, Admission to a specific degree program within SEAS is subject to space availability and specific departmental entrance requirements.  Eligible students will be admitted to alternate engineering majors if their first choice major is not available.  Transfer students will be notified of their options as promptly as possible after their admission deposit is paid.

The Degree of Bachelor of Science is granted with the following majors:

Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering - specific course prerequisite requirements, contact the department for more information
Chemical Engineering – This program may take three years to complete, even for incoming third-year transfers.
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Science
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering

Each student is required to write a thesis in the last undergraduate year. This is done under the guidance of a technical advisor and an instructor in the STS program within the Department of Engineering and Society. Writing the thesis constitutes a major portion of two required courses, STS 4500 and 4600, and is the culminating experience for the undergraduate program in SEAS.  The thesis represents a significant, challenging, yet rewarding effort on the part of the student.

Course Requirements for Transfer (required course credits in parentheses):

  • Calculus (8)
  • Physics (8) - Two courses in calculus-based college physics
  • Chemistry (4) - At least one course in calculus-based college chemistry
  • Computer Science (3) - A course in introductory computer programming, preferably in JAVA
  • English Composition (your school’s full course sequence)
  • Other Requirements - Remaining courses may be in any area.
  • Important: In evaluating the academic records of transfer candidates, the School of Engineering pays special attention to performance in mathematics and science courses.

Transfer students to the School of Engineering and Applied Science are accepted only for admission to the Fall term. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 1.