University Admissions

Applying, courses, visiting campus, costs, and scholarships

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Majors, Minors, and Certificates

Engineering departments and areas of study

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Engineering Scholarships

Funding for incoming and current students. Apply each year.

Paths to Admission

Admission to the College of Engineering guarantees a seat in any engineering major. We do not limit enrollment in any of our engineering majors. Not sure which major to pursue? Join the college as Undeclared Engineering and choose a major when you are ready.

Paths to Admission

High school students

Direct admission is the best path for students interested in pursuing engineering directly after high school.

Benefits of direct admission

  • Access to competitive engineering scholarships
  • Support from and planning with an engineering advisor
  • Access to engineering-only courses and opportunities like the People in Engineering Living-Learning Community


  • Meet the high school course requirements, including completion of pre-calculus or the equivalent.
  • Meet the Regent Admission Index (RAI) score equivalent of 265 or higher.

How to apply

Graduating high school seniors should apply to the University of Iowa and choose any engineering major as their major of interest. Upon your admission to the University of Iowa, we will automatically review your application for direct admission to the college.

Students not offered direct admission to the College of Engineering will join Iowa as an Engineering Interest student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while they work to meet transfer admission criteria.

First-year admissions

Engineering interest and transfer students

Transfer admission is designed for students admitted to Iowa as Engineering Interest and those joining Iowa from another college or university. Upon meeting the admission criteria, current Iowa students are encouraged to submit the Change of College application in MyUI in advance of the next term. 


Complete the following courses with a B or higher: 

  • MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus (or equivalent) 
  • Either CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I or PHYS:1611 Introductory Physics I (the first semester of chemistry designed for majors or the first semester of calculus-based physics) or their equivalents. 

Overall grade-point average and additional coursework in math, science, and engineering are also considered. 

Transfer courses completed with a grade below a C are not accepted by the College of Engineering and will not satisfy degree requirements.

Transfer admissions

Be Career Ready

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Engineering Career Services

Be prepared when the perfect job comes your way with resume support, career fairs, and more. 

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LEaPP Leadership Academy

Trains you to be a valuable leader and a globally aware citizen of the world.  

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Academic Support and Tutoring

From free tutoring to help writing papers and presentations, get the support you need.

Outside the Classroom

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Become an Engineer… and Something More

Explore “something more” opportunities including internships, study abroad, honors programs, student organizations, and more 

Downtown Iowa City

The Hawkeye Life

Living in the best college town, housing options, university student orgs, and more 

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Engineering Living Learning Community

Immerse yourself by living and socializing with your engineering peers 

Interested in Joining the College of Engineering?


Contact Ryan Puhrmann, Director of Engineering Admissions and Outreach, at or at 319-467-0861