Congratulations on your admission to CU Boulder and Pre-Engineering, which is offered to qualified applicants who originally applied for a major in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

What Does Being Pre-Engineering Mean? Engineering Center at sunset

As a Pre-Engineering student, you will start your first academic year in the Program in Exploratory Studies with a Pre-Engineering course of study and academic advising through the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Step 1: Enroll in appropriate math and science courses. These courses are not only required for Pre-Engineering but will apply toward degree requirements in both Engineering and Arts & Sciences. 

Step 2: Successfully complete the course requirements and be reviewed for admission to the major of your choice within the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Click here to review the minimum grade, credit and GPA requirements that must be met to secure admission.

Step 3:  Once admitted, begin coursework in desired engineering major of your choice.

Students have up to four semesters to meet the Pre-Engineering Admission requirements, but it can be done in one, two, or three semesters. The courses students take during the semesters in the program should mirror the requirements of Engineering majors. Pre-Engineering students will be learning alongside Engineering students in their math, science and engineering elective courses.

How Hard is it to Transfer into Engineering from Pre-Engineering?

It is completely up to you! Admission to Engineering from Pre-Engineering is not competitive in the sense that you don't compete with other students for admission. If you take the classes and make the grades, you are guaranteed admission to the major of your choice within the College. That said, engineering is a challenging field and our foundational courses can be demanding. Not every student has been successful in meeting the admission requirements for the College and some students discover another passion along the way. Below are some statistics regarding successful transitions from Pre-Engineering to Engineering.

Demographics

370 new students started in Pre-Engineering Fall 2017 cohort

19% successfully met the Accelerated Admission requirements at the end of Fall 2017

62% were admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science by the end of Spring 2019

Demographics

209 new students started in Pre-Engineering Fall 2018 cohort

29% successfully met the Accelerated Admission requirements at the end of Fall 2018

48% have been admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science as of Spring 2019

55% have been admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science as of Fall 2019

Demographics

227 new students started in Pre-Engineering Fall 2019 cohort

37% successfully met the Accelerated Admission requirements at the end of Fall 2019

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