Admission to the College of Engineering

Specific degree requirements for each College of Engineering (COE) major can be found here. The information is organized by major and then by graduating class year.

Note: Once admitted to the University, the firscurriculum sheet that you are eligible to follow is the one for the first academic year (catalog year) in which you matriculated (are enrolled in a degree program) at URI. For example, if you matriculated at URI in fall 2017 or spring 2018, the first curriculum sheet you can follow is for the Class of 2021 (academic year begins 2017, so class year is 2017+4=2021), which follows the 2017-2018 catalog year. You cannot follow an earlier check sheet (e.g., Class of 2020, 2019, etc.).

URI Freshmen and Transfer Students in University College for Academic Success (UCAS)

University of Rhode Island freshmen, and some transfer students (depending on credits transferred), begin their academic careers in UCAS, where they are advised until they meet the requirements for admission to a degree-granting college. Answers to many frequently asked questions about UCAS advising may be found on the UCAS website.

Requirements for admission to the COE are as follows:

Effective for students admitted Fall 2014 and forward (“Class of 2018” and beyond)

“To be admitted to the COE, students must complete at least 24 credits (including transfer credits) with a grade point average of 2.00 or better, and must also complete the following required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better and a grade of “C-” or better in each course:  CHM 101/102, EGR 105, EGR 106, MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 203/273, and either PHY 204/274 or CHM 112/114.”  [2014-2015 University Catalog]

Effective for students admitted Summer 2014 and earlier (“Class of 2017” and earlier years)

“To be admitted to the COE, students must not only complete at least 24 credits (including transfer credits) with a grade point average of 2.00 or better, they must also have completed 20 credits from the following list of required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better: CHM 101/102, EGR 105, 106, MTH 141, 142, PHY 203/273, and either PHY 204/274 or CHM 112/114.”  [2013-2014 University Catalog]

Advising

All engineering students in UC are advised by an engineering advisor, who holds advising appointments in Roosevelt Hall. Students schedule advising appointments through e-Campus. The advisor routinely reviews the student’s academic transcript at the end of each semester to determine eligibility for admission to the COE.  

Once a student has been officially admitted to the COE they are assigned a permanent engineering advisor in their major and are notified of this in writing by the COE assistant dean.

Current URI Students: Changing Major to Engineering

The above GPA and course requirements apply to all current URI students pursuing majors in another URI college (no longer in UCAS) who are seeking admission to the COE.

URI Students Returning for a Second B.S. Degree in Engineering

The above GPA and course requirements apply to all URI students wanting to return for a second B.S. degree majoring in an engineering discipline who are seeking direct admission to the COE.

Transfer Students

The above GPA and course requirements apply to all transfer students who are seeking direct admission to the COE. This is in addition to other University Admission requirements for transfer students. View the information summary for transfer students.

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