Orientation FAQs

AP & ECE Coursework

UConn accepts the AP coursework with the scores found here – https://admissions.uconn.edu/apply/transfer/transfer-credit/AP-IB-A-level-credit. If you have earned the appropriate score, the course will fulfill your major requirements and will not have to be taken at UConn. This may allow you to move to the subsequent course in a sequence and/or will allow a lighter course load to be taken during a particular semester. You must submit your AP scores to UConn via collegeboard.com.

ECE coursework will transfer in as graded college credit. You will have the opportunity to accept or reject each ECE course for your official transcript.


Adding a Dual Degree or Double Major

Dual degrees are the addition of a major outside of the School of Engineering.
Double majors are the addition of a second engineering major.

Engineering students have the option to explore either scenario, which may add an additional year onto your college experience. You can discuss your interest in either of these options with your academic advisor during the fall semester.


Adding Minors

Students can add minors of any type to their engineering degree. Typically, minors are an additional 5-6 courses and will count as free elective credit towards your engineering degree.


Switching Majors

You have the option to change your major at any point during your time at UConn. Some majors have specific admissions requirement and deadlines, while other accept students on a rolling basis and do not have GPA requirements. The semester in which you make a switch, and to which specific major, will determine how the length of your academic career would be affected. Your academic advisor can help you with this process.

If you would like to inquire about switching your major prior to attending UConn in the fall, please contact the undergraduate admissions office directly.


Math Placement Exam

The MPE must be taken prior to your participation in orientation. It must be completed regardless of incoming AP, ECE, or transfer credits.


Chemistry Placement Exam

The CPE must be taken prior to your participation in orientation. The score on your CPE will not affect your Chemistry placement for the School of Engineering.


Study Abroad

Engineering students have two options to study abroad. One is through a university education abroad program – https://abroad.uconn.edu/ and the other is through our international engineering programs – https://internationalengineering.uconn.edu/.

University education abroad programs are typically one semester. Engineering major specific coursework may or may not be completed while abroad. The international engineering abroad programs are dual degree, each a five-year curriculum plan, with the fourth year spent abroad. You can inquire with your academic advisor about either option.


Living & Learning Communities

UConn Living & Learning Communities are a unique experience to reside with a group of students with similar interests. While Engineering house is the most popular amongst our students, there are many other LLCs that suit our students as well, such as Innovation House, Eco House, and WiMSE House to name a few. More information on the LLCs can be found here – https://lc.uconn.edu/



If you are a “BRIDGE required” student, your acceptance into the School of Engineering is contingent upon your participation in the BRIDGE Program. You can find more information here- https://edoc.engr.uconn.edu/bridge/


Internships & Co-Ops

The SoE does not require internships as part of the curriculum, however, there are many opportunities to and avenues obtain one. The Center for Career Development assists students in finding and securing internships and co-ops through career fairs, workshops, and one-on-one meetings. The SoE also holds two engineering only career fairs in which many students obtain internship opportunities from.


Transfer Credit

If you have completed coursework at a different institution, please have your official transcript sent to UConn transfer admissions. You may need to obtain syllabi from specific courses for departmental equivalency review.


Honors Students

Honors students will be assigned both an engineering advisor and an honors advisor and will meet with both departments during orientation. More information regarding the honors program can be found here- https://honors.uconn.edu/