Requirements and restrictions Cockrell School of Engineering
Freshman applicants to engineering must meet the school’s Calculus Readiness Requirement (see below).
In addition to submitting a complete application for admission, freshman applicants to the Cockrell School of Engineering should also review the following information regarding special application requirements, admission restrictions and the Calculus Readiness requirement.
- Summer/Fall Admission: Entering engineering students must begin their studies in a summer or a fall semester. Engineering majors are not available to students applying for admission to a spring semester.
- Admission Standards: Admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering is based on standards similar to but higher than those for admission to the University.
- Preparation: Students interested in majoring in engineering should prepare by taking math and science courses each year of high school.
- Engineering Honors Program: Admission to the Engineering Honors Program requires the completion of an additional application.
Because admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering is so competitive, automatic admission for eligible Texas applicants is restricted to the most qualified applicants.
To be considered for admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering, you must meet the school’s calculus readiness requirement. You can show calculus readiness by submitting one of the following:
- An ALEKS score of 80 or above (This is the preferred method for meeting the calculus readiness requirement.)
- An AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus Test score of 3 or higher
- An International Baccalaureate (IB) HL or SL Mathematics score of 4 or higher
- An official college or university transcript showing credit for a college-level Calculus I (or higher) course with a grade of “C” or higher
If you don’t submit one of these by the deadline, you will be able to continue through the admissions process if you submit evidence of one of the following:
- A SAT Math score of at least 600 or an ACT Math score of at least 26
- Documentation of concurrent enrollment in dual credit pre-calculus or calculus
If you’re admitted to engineering without meeting the calculus readiness requirement, you will be required to submit proof of calculus readiness before enrolling in the Cockrell School of Engineering.
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