High school students wishing to enter the UCI Engineering program must have completed four years of mathematics through pre-calculus or math analysis and are advised to have completed one year each of physics and chemistry. That preparation, along with honors courses and advanced placement courses, is fundamental to success in the Engineering program, and is vital to receiving first consideration for admittance to an Engineering major during periods of restricted enrollments. Special attention will also be given to applicants who have submitted their SAT I examination scores by mid-January. Applicants must apply for admission to a specific Engineering major. While the University of California does not require the SAT II examinations, applicants to Engineering are strongly encouraged to take the Math 2 exam.
If enrollment limitations make it necessary, unaccommodated Engineering applicants may be offered alternative majors at UCI.