Undergraduate Admissions for Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering and all undergraduate majors at UC Santa Barbara only admit new undergraduate students in the fall quarter. Here is an overview of the application process:

1. Get to Know Our Undergraduate Program

Read about the mechanical engineering undergraduate program overview, including areas of study and research, academic objectives, advising, preparing for graduate school, and industry career opportunities. Learn more about the College of Engineering Honors Program.

2. Prepare for Admission

Freshmen Students

Given the strength of its programs and its national reputation, it is not surprising that UCSB's College of Engineering receives applications from more qualified students than can be admitted. Each freshman applicant must apply to a specific major, such as Mechnical Engineering. Applicants with the strongest qualifications are admitted. The College accepts applications for the fall quarter only and gives preference to freshmen and upper-division transfer students. + College of Engineering Freshman Preparation and Admissions

Transfer Students

Learn more about what the College of Engineering considers when admitting transfer students. Carefully review the information for students preparing to transfer into an undergraduate major in the College of Engineering from a California Community College, or from any other institution. + College of Engineering Transfer Student Preparation and Admissions

3. Understand the Bachelor of Science Requirements

Read through the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) requirements for the Mechanical Engineering major at UC Santa Barbara, including general education, upper division. Prospective students interested in the 5-year combined BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering program should review the requirements and timeline.

4. Visit The UCSB Campus

To arrange for a tour and more information about our program, please contact the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Advisor, Katelynn Vargas at (805) 893-8198 or Explore the UCSB Virtual Tour or schedule a UCSB campus tour through the admissions office.

5. Apply for Admission

Learn more about the UCSB undergraduate admissions timeline and how to apply. Beginning with the Fall 2015 applicant class, the University of California application will be available on August 1 and students will be able to submit their applications from November 1 - 30. This timeline applies to all UCSB undergraduates.

Accepted and Ready to Register?

Congratulations! We look forward to learning with you. Complete your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) today.

Changing Your Major to Mechanical Engineering

Read through these step-by-step instructions for changing your major to Mechanical Engineering, whether you are a current UCSB non-engineering major or a UCSB engineering student in another major.

Admissions Data

Five Year Total Enrollment

Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014
314 323 317 319 314

BS Degrees Awarded

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
89 72 78 77 78 71