Admission to the College 

Your future as an engineer starts here at The University of Akron. We are honored that you are considering the College of Engineering and Polymer Science for your undergraduate education.

How our engineering admissions process works

Students interested in studying engineering should apply to The University of Akron (UA) and select their intended engineering major on their application. All students who meet the minimum requirements for admittance into The University of Akron and intend to major in engineering are accepted into the College. If you are coming directly from high school, your high school records determine which first semester classes are right for you. Starting in the right place in our math and engineering course sequences is essential to your success in our engineering programs.

For incoming freshman students

The College welcomes all students who are interested in pursuing an engineering education. How long it takes to complete an engineering degree depends on your current background in math. Depending on your ACT or SAT math score, you will fall into one of the following groups.

  • If your ACT math score is 28 or above or your SAT math score is 650 or above, you place to start in Calculus I, which is the first required mathematics course in all of our engineering programs.

  • If your ACT math score is 24-27 or your SAT math score is 580-640, you place to start in college-level Pre-Calculus.

  • If your ACT math score is 23 or lower or your SAT math score is 570 or lower, you place to start in Algebra for Calculus or one of our Basic Math courses.

  • If your ACT/SAT scores place you in Pre-Calculus or lower, and you feel ready to start in a higher-level course, you may take a math placement exam  to qualify to move up one level in math. 

  • If you do not have ACT/SAT scores, you will take the math placement exam prior to your new student orientation to determine where you start. 

  • Note: We offer additional support for students needing extra time to prepare for engineering-level coursework. We encourage you to take The Akron Experience: University 101 in your first semester. This course helps students transition from high school to college and builds tools to support academic and personal success. 

Incoming freshman students with any type of alternative credits, like AP or College Credit Plus, may be eligible for UA math credit that will change their math placement and their first Fall schedule. During new student orientation, be sure to mention your alternative credits to your engineering academic advisor and find out how this affects where you should start.

For incoming transfer students

Your initial course placement depends on the classes you have taken. Our Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center assists in processing transcripts from your other university. Your New Student Orientation will include an individualized appointment with an engineering academic advisor who will determine your placement.

Advancing in your engineering program

We track the progress of our students to make sure they are ready for the classes they take. As you progress through your classes, your status will be automatically updated so that you have access to the classes that you need, when you need them.

All students gain access to 300 and 400 level engineering classes once they:

  • Complete Calculus II with a C- or higher
  • Have a 2.3 grade point average in at least three of the following categories:
    • in all coursework
    • in all required mathematics coursework
    • in all required science coursework (Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Biology)
    • in all engineering coursework

Note: the Aerospace Systems Engineering program has additional requirements.

All students work with their engineering academic advisors to develop their plans to graduation, starting at New Student Orientation.

Schedule a visit

Visit our campus and talk with students directly about their experience. From Undergraduate Admissions Visit Days to weekly campus tours, there are plenty of opportunities to plug-in to college life and see what being a UA Zip is all about.

Questions? Contact or give us a call at 330-972-7816.