University of Notre Dame, College of Engineering Transfer Requirements

Students desiring to transfer into the College of Engineering must apply to a specific major within the College of Engineering. Admission decisions are based upon the student’s previous academic performance as well as the availability of space within the intended major. Because of this, it is imperative that students indicate an intended major as well as an alternative major on their Common Application. Once a transfer student has been successfully admitted to the College and a major, changes to a student's major are typically not considered.

University policy stipulates the minimum number of transferable credits a student should have completed prior to applying for transfer to Notre Dame. To evaluate if your credits will transfer, you will need to supply the University with a copy of the syllabus for each course on your final transcript. If you have a strong academic record, but have not fulfilled all of the course requirements indicated, you may be offered admission contingent on completing those requirements before enrolling. The College of Engineering does not have a foreign language requirement.

If your home institution operates on the quarter system, it may be necessary to take additional courses to meet Notre Dame’s requirements. For example, you might need to take three calculus classes to cover the same material that Notre Dame covers in two classes. Generally, 5-credit classes in the quarter system transfer as 4-credit courses in Notre Dame’s semester system, and 4-credit classes in the quarter system transfer as 3-credit courses in Notre Dame’s semester system.

If you are applying for admission as a sophomore in an engineering curriculum, be advised that continuing Notre Dame sophomores will have completed 34 credit hours prior to starting sophomore year. A continuing junior will have completed at least 65 credit hours. Students who have completed a course of study that more closely parallels the University of Notre Dame’s curriculum will be more competitive in the transfer process. Please use the links below to see the details for each major’s curriculum. You should plan your schedule accordingly.

Aerospace Engineering

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Students who have completed the first-year coursework that closely mirrors Notre Dame's first-year coursework will be more competitive in the transfer admissions process. Please be aware that the College does not favor substituting sophomore courses for those required in the first year.

If you are applying for admission as a junior in an engineering program, you should have completed additional courses in mathematics, physics, philosophy, theology, and the engineering courses appropriate for the intended engineering program. We suggest that you review the Engineering website for specific program requirements: engineering.nd.edu.