Make a Smooth Transition to UA Engineering

UA Engineering is home to transfer students from many institutions in Arizona and across the country. The College is honored that you, too, are looking to continue your educational journey as a Wildcat Engineer.

Please explore transfer student admissions guidelines below, and let us know if we can help.

Application Process Academic Requirements Admissions Procedures

Transfer Pathways Transfer Awards & Scholarships Transfer Advising

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Transfer students make up about 20 percent of the College’s incoming class.

Application Process

Transfer students apply directly through the UA application system to the Engineering major of their choosing. Applications are reviewed by UA Admissions and the College of Engineering.

The University of Arizona defines as transfer student as someone who has completed 12 or more post-high school credits. High school seniors with dual enrollment, AP, or some community college credit apply as incoming first-year students.


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Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements

The College performs a comprehensive review of each transfer applicant. Among criteria considered are the following:

  • Transferable GPA, as determined by UA Admissions
  • Calculus I credit with a grade of C or better
  • Performance in math and science courses
  • Recentness of coursework

The program fit and your major-specific GPA will also be weighed in determining admissibility. GPA requirements listed in the chart below serve as a general rule.

Major-Specific GPA Requirements 

Aerospace Engineering



Environmental Engineering


Architectural Engineering



Industrial Engineering


Biomedical Engineering



Materials Science & Engineering


Biosystems Engineering



Mechanical Engineering


Chemical Engineering 



Mining Engineering


Civil Engineering



Optical Sciences & Engineering


Electrical & Computer Engineering



Software Engineering


Engineering Management


Systems Engineering


Major-specific transferable GPA guidelines are the same as minimum GPA requirements for UA Engineering students seeking advanced standing.

Admissions Procedures

You will receive an admission decision via email and a paper admission packet by mail. Once you have been admitted to the University of Arizona and the College of Engineering, monitor your UA email account, log in to the NextSteps Center and do the following:

  • Sign up for mandatory Transfer Student Orientation.

  • Take any appropriate placement exams.

  • Request any final transcripts be sent to the UA.

  • Submit immunization records.

Remember, all of these steps must be completed before you can register for classes.

Application process

Transfer Pathways to UA Engineering

Use Arizona Transfer Admissions Pathways in consultation with advisers from your community college and the University of Arizona for a smooth transition to UA Engineering. Please remember that degree agreements are subject to change, and attaining transfer course credit does not necessarily guarantee admission.

2022 – 2023 Pima Community College Pathways

2022 – 2023 Maricopa Community College District Pathways

Please see the University’s Arizona Course Equivalency Guide or Transfer Credit Guide for more information.


Financial Awards to Get You Started

In addition to multiple scholarships available to Engineering Wildcats, the college has invested in a suite of awards – ranging from $750 to $3,000 – to help transfer students get started. You need not apply for the Engineering Transfer Awards, described below. If you are eligible, the awards will be granted automatically before you start at Arizona. Aid applies to the general academic year – fall or spring semesters.

Scholarships and Merit Awards for Domestic Transfer Students

Admitted to Engineering (Main Campus)

Get Started Award for Engineering Transfers

Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0* Merit Scholarship

UA Transfer Student Tuition Scholarship Add-On

UA Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Add-On

$750 award for your first semester

$750 Get Started Award for your first semester + $750 merit award for semester two

$750 Get Started Award for your first semester + $750 merit awards for each of your following three semesters

$750 Get Started Award for your first semester + $750 merit awards for each of your following three semesters§

Total award - $750

Total award - $1,500

Total award - $3,000

Total award - $3,000

*GPA used for this merit award is the transferable GPA, as calculated by the University of Arizona Office of Admissions.
Must maintain enrollment as continuing student and primary major in College of Engineering
Must meet requirements to renew Transfer Student Tuition Scholarship and maintain primary major in College of Engineering
§Must meet requirements to renew Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and maintain primary major in College of Engineering


Scholarship Opportunities

Departmental Support

Most College of Engineering academic departments have major-specific scholarships. Additionally, Wildcat Engineers can apply for internal and external awards available to UA students. Visit the university’s scholarship-matching tool, Scholarship Universe, to explore your options. Admitted students can customize scholarship searches to match individual profiles.

Merit-Based Aid

The University of Arizona provides a variety of merit-based scholarships for transfer students. These scholarships are based on factors such as transferable GPA and credits completed. Visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to get more information, including terms and conditions.