UGA College of Engineering increases admissions threshold

Students gather around an assignmentBeginning this fall, the University of Georgia College of Engineering will require first-year and transfer students to meet stricter admissions criteria. The college is implementing “high-demand major” standards for students applying to all eight of its undergraduate programs.

The criteria is similar to those required of students applying to other academically competitive programs at UGA, including the Terry College of Business and the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The change does not affect students already enrolled in a College of Engineering degree program.

“The demand for our programs requires us to institute measures to ensure a high-quality experience for all engineering students during a period of rapid growth,” said Donald J. Leo, dean of the College of Engineering.

Since its founding in 2012, undergraduate enrollment in the UGA College of Engineering has tripled with this fall’s enrollment reaching 1,582 students. The college admitted 450 first-year students this year from a pool of approximately 2,400 applicants.

First-year and transfer students who enter the College of Engineering in the fall 2016 semester and afterwards will be admitted as intended major students for one of the eight undergraduate degree programs offered by the college – agricultural, biochemical, biological, civil, computer systems, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.  Students will be able to apply for major status once they have successfully completed courses that meet the college’s entrance requirements as well as courses that satisfy the high-demand major criteria.

Students who have completed the necessary coursework will seek admission to an engineering degree program by submitting an application that includes a summary of their grades and a personal statement. For a majority of students this transition will take place after their third semester on campus.

Details on the high-demand major criteria, deadlines and specific requirements for each undergraduate degree program can be found at

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