Admission Policy


High School Preparation for Engineering Students

It is recommended that high school students intending to apply to a Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE) major have completed four years of mathematics (through advanced algebra and trigonometry) and three years of science in high school. Comparable college mathematics and science courses completed at other institutions also serve to properly prepare students for these majors.

Admission Information for First-Year Students

Students interested in declaring a BSOE major are encouraged to do so during their first year at UCSC. Some students may be admitted directly into their BSOE major of choice at the time they are admitted to UCSC. First-year applicants to UCSC may apply for direct acceptance to a BSOE major by indicating the major as their first or second choice on the UC application. Applicants will be granted direct acceptance based on their high school grade point average, courses completed in mathematics and sciences, scores on standardized tests, and/or their personal statement.

To take advantage of direct acceptance, first-year students must complete the declaration of major process in their first term at UCSC or forfeit their direct acceptance status.

Students not directly admitted may still apply during their first year, and their acceptance into their selected major will be based upon their BSOE GPA, their high school grade point average, courses completed in mathematics and sciences, and scores on standardized tests.

Admission Information for Transfer Students

The BSOE strongly encourages applications from transfer students. Due to the prerequisite structure for upper-division courses, prospective transfer students should have completed as many of the lower-division requirements for the respective majors as possible to complete the degree within a reasonable time. Students must plan carefully because many courses must be taken sequentially.

Transfer students should not follow the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) because it will not provide transfer students with enough mathematics and engineering courses to allow them to complete BSOE programs at UCSC in two years.

Students who apply as transfer students with junior status (60 semester units or 90 quarter credits or more of transfer credit) who wish to earn a degree from the BSOE must indicate a BSOE major as their first choice on their UC application. (Students may also indicate an alternative BSOE major as their second choice.)

Junior transfers who do not list a BSOE major on their application to UCSC will not be considered for admission to such majors after the first day of their first quarter on campus.

Acceptance into the major is based on the student’s academic college record. Applicants are encouraged to take and excel in as many courses that are equivalent to the department’s foundation courses as possible. For many BSOE majors, completion of a year of calculus (accepted as equivalent to Mathematics 19A-B), linear algebra, differential equations, a year of calculus-based physics courses (accepted as equivalent to Physics 5A, 5B, 5C), and two programming courses (accepted as equivalent to Computer Science 12A, Computer Science 12B, or Computer Engineering 12/L) are strongly recommended. An applicant will be offered admission or denied admission. Only students who have completed most or all of the foundation courses will be offered admission.

Note: If the student is coming from a community college or a four-year college that does not have an articulation agreement with UCSC, coursework will have to be evaluated for equivalency to the foundation courses. This will require submission of course descriptions and syllabi for each course to be considered.

ADMITTED: Students who are approved for acceptance and who have course credit for all the foundation courses for their major must declare the major in their first term of enrollment at UCSC. The status of students who are approved for acceptance but who, upon review of their official transcripts, are found not to have course credit for all the foundation courses for their major will be required to complete those courses before they can declare major.

DENIED: Students who are denied admission may still submit an appeal to UCSC and the BSOE.

Appeal Process

Instructions for submitting an appeal can be found on your UCSC portal. Appeal of an admissions decision concerning a BSOE major will be evaluated first by the admissions office and then by the academic program to which the student applied. Appeal letters must be submitted in writing to the UCSC Office of Admissions within the time frame noted on your portal. Late appeals will not be considered. Letters of appeal should describe any extenuating circumstances that might affect the faculty’s evaluation of the record. To strengthen the appeal, students may send a grade report from the current term if it indicates an improved grade point average, or if the information confirms completion of additional foundation courses for the major.

The BSOE faculty committee will consider appeals upon receipt, and students will receive a response within two weeks of submission.

Office of Admissions. University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

If you have further questions concerning the appeal process, please contact the Undergraduate Student Affairs Office at (831) 459-5840 or e-mail