Transferring

Admissions are evaluated on a competitive basis for a limited number of spaces each semester. Please follow the instructions below in order to have the best chance of admission. 

Students currently in General Engineering (ENGE), a Texas A&M Engineering Academy, or Engineering at Galveston should consult the Entry-to-a-Major (ETAM) process outlined at https://engineering.tamu.edu/academics/advisors-procedures/entry-to-a-major.

Students from institutions outside Texas A&M University

The admission process for most students who transfer from institutions outside Texas A&M is handled primarily by the university’s Office of Admissions. Please review the information on its website for application processes and minimum requirements. Applications not meeting the university’s minimum standards are automatically denied by the Office of Admissions and are not reviewed by the department of civil engineering.

Review of all transfer applications is done on a competitive basis among all other applicants that term for a fixed and limited number of places. Applications reaching the department are subjected to a two-step review process. First, an initial screening review is done to identify applications not meeting minimum standards (see below) and/or those unlikely to be competitive against others. Second, a full holistic review of applications passing the initial screening review is conducted at the end of the review period (typically about one month before end of the term), wherein all aspects of the application package are evaluated on a competitive basis. Further details of this review are given below.

Minimum Standards

To receive full consideration past the initial screening review, all applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Transcripted grades of not less than “B” in courses that transfer to Texas A&M as MATH 151, PHYS 218, and CHEM 107/117. Applicants attending institutions not offering an equivalent to CHEM 107/117 may have the equivalent to CHEM 101/111 as a minimum, but will be required to pass either CHEM 107/117 or CHEM 102/112 for degree completion. Applicants currently enrolled in MATH 151, PHYS 218, and/or CHEM 107/117 (or 101/111) in the term of application submission will be denied by the department. Applications will NOT be re-reviewed for grades submitted at the end of a term.
  • Grades of “B” or better in any math, science, or engineering courses subsequent to those listed above.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • CVEN listed as first-choice major on application.
  • No record of academic misconduct. 

Additional Screening Criteria

In addition to the minimum standards listed above, the following issues will be viewed as negative factors and may result in denial of an application at the initial screening review:

  • A history of repeating, dropping, or withdrawing from courses – especially math, science, and engineering courses.
  • A large number of accumulated credit hours without reasonable explanation.
  • Current enrollment in a degree-granting civil engineering program at another institution.

Final Review Criteria

Applications passing the initial screening review are evaluated on a competitive and holistic basis by a review committee of faculty and advising staff. The following review criteria are used (subject to change in any semester). Applicants should note that submitted essays are used for evaluation against some of these criteria:

  • Academic record.
  • Understanding of the civil engineering profession and clarity of purpose to enter it.
  • Prior involvement and engagement with the civil engineering profession.
  • Extracurricular involvement.
  • Evidence of overcoming adverse circumstances while succeeding academically.
  • Contribution to a diverse civil engineering workforce, broadly defined.

“Admit” decisions are not made until approximately three weeks before the end of the semester and are forwarded to the Office of Admissions in a single group. The department does NOT make “Admit” decisions on a rolling basis, and applicants should understand that they will not receive a positive decision earlier than this timeframe. This schedule ensures fair treatment of applicants in the competitive pool.

The provisions of this policy do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student, faculty, or staff member of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering or Texas A&M University. This policy is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a guarantee of admission if all provisions are met. The department reserves the right to change or alter any statement herein without prior notice.

Students from Texas A&M departments outside civil engineering

Students currently enrolled at Texas A&M (including the Galveston and Qatar campuses) in a department outside CVEN may apply to enter the department by “change of curriculum” (a.k.a., “change-of-major”). Review of all change of curriculum applications is done on a competitive basis among all other applicants that term for a fixed and limited number of places.

Change of curriculum applications are accepted online. The department reviews applications in three rounds each year at the end of the fall, spring, and summer semesters, respectively, and the most recent semester’s posted grades are included in the evaluation process. Review of change of curriculum applications is NOT held at other times, so students should carefully review and meet the application deadlines listed below.

Review at end of...Applications Accepted
Fall Semester

September 1 to December 1

Spring Semester

February 1 to May 1

Summer Semester

June 1 to August 1

Notification of application results is given by email with sufficient time for students to be advised and registered for in-major courses in the next semester of enrollment. As the review includes the most recent semester’s grades, it does not commence until approximately a week after the end of final exams each term. Applicants should account for this timeline in their expectations for notification.

Minimum Standards

Students requesting admission by change of curriculum from another Texas A&M department will be evaluated only when they have:

  • Completed at least two semesters of course work at Texas A&M. Students who are in an engineering major through the entry-to-a-major process must successfully complete one semester of course work in the major that accepted them.
  • Completed all of the following courses, at minimum, with respective grades not less than “C” in each: MATH 151, PHYS 218, CHEM 107/117 (CHEM 101/111 and 102/112 may be taken in place of CHEM 107/117). Texas A&M equivalent courses taken at another institution may be used, but grades for those courses must be not less than “B.”
  • Grades of “C” or better in any math, science, or engineering courses subsequent to those listed above. Subsequent courses may be taken as Texas A&M equivalents at another institution for grades not less than “B.”
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). This requirement applies to Texas A&M Institutional GPA and all courses taken at other institutions.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all math, science, and engineering courses.
  • No grade less than “C” in the semester of application.
  • No record of academic misconduct. 

Additional Criteria 

In addition to the minimum standards listed above, the following issues will be viewed as negative factors and may result in denial of a change of curriculum application:

  • A history of repeating, dropping, or withdrawing from courses – especially math, science, and engineering courses.
  • A large number of accumulated credit hours without reasonable explanation.
  • Prior denial of an application to the department of civil engineering of any kind (including transfer, change of curriculum, and entry-to-a-major from ENGE and parallel programs).

Final Review Criteria

Applications meeting the criteria listed above are evaluated on a competitive and holistic basis by a review committee of faculty and advising staff. The following review criteria are used (subject to change in any semester). Applicants should note that submitted essays are used for evaluation against some of these criteria:

  • Academic record.
  • Understanding of the civil engineering profession and clarity of purpose to enter it.
  • Prior involvement and engagement with the civil engineering profession.
  • Extracurricular involvement.
  • Evidence of overcoming adverse circumstances while succeeding academically.
  • Contribution to a diverse civil engineering workforce, broadly defined.

The provisions of this policy do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student, faculty or staff member of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering or Texas A&M University. This policy is for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a guarantee of admission if all provisions are met. The department reserves the right to change or alter any statement herein without prior notice.