Change of Major, Transition, and Readmission Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about the application process for Change of Major, Transition, and Readmission Students.

Frequently Asked Questions

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In some colleges, student will be able to opt-in to Pass (P) grades for their Spring 2021 courses. Learn more about the Pass Grade Opt-in policy, including which UC programs are allowing students to utilize this option, on the Pass Grade Opt-in Info Page.

CEAS will honor P grades per the decision made by the applicant’s home college. This means:

  • Overall GPAs will be pulled from Catalyst following students’ P grade selections
  • P grades will…
    • Fulfill minimum course requirements
    • Have a "neutral" (N/A) impact on overall UC and Math/Science GPA calculations
    • Meet pre-requisite requirements for CEAS courses 
  • CEAS will review students who select P grades for all of their courses (resulting in an N/A or "neutral" overall UC GPA) based on their high school credentials
  • Students who have an N/A Math/Science GPA but otherwise meet the criteria will be eligible for admission

In order to accommodate this timeline, CEAS will conduct rolling application reviews – first using original grades, then a re-review following Pass grade selections. CEAS will begin to release decisions in early May and continue over several weeks.

Students admitted in later rounds will not be at a disadvantage in terms of program capacity, course availability, etc.

For more information, watch this recording about the Impact of Pass Opt-in on CEAS Applications.

Change of Major, Transition, and Readmission students can apply to CEAS programs during any academic semester.

Application deadlines and timelines.
Applying for
Application opens
Application closes
Tentative decision date
July 2
November 1 11:59pm
Late December
November 2
March 1 11:59pm
Early May
March 2
July 1 11:59pm

Fire Science Technology Readmission applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Applicants can expect the following email communications from


  1. Application received email sent within two weeks of submission
  2. Detailed confirmation email sent within two weeks following application deadline. Applicants must complete the “CEAS Applicant Scan” at this time 
  3. Decision notification according to the timeline outlined above


Criteria are set yearly by CEAS faculty in each academic program. Faculty consider a range of factors when setting criteria, such as student retention data, rigor of curriculum, program capacity, current student profiles, and co-op placement rates.

Overall UC GPA

  • Your Overall UC GPA is the GPA that is listed in Catalyst. Only UC courses are factored into your Overall UC GPA.  
  • Grade replacements will be manually calculated where noted in the CEAS Applicant Scan (sent following the application deadline). 

Math/Science GPA

Only UC courses are considered for the 24 UC credit hours requirement. Transfer credit will not fulfill this requirement.

Earned Credit

  • Any earned university credit can fulfill minimum course requirements, including the credit types outlined above. 

Overall UC GPA

  • In general, these credit types have a “neutral” (N/A) impact on students’ Overall UC GPAs according to how these GPAs are calculated in Catalyst. See UC’s Grading Scales and Definitions for more information.
  • Students who completed College Credit Plus (CCP) courses through UC should note that those grades are calculated as part of their Overall UC GPA. 

Math/Science GPA

  • For more information, review the Math/Science GPA page. 

Yes – several CEAS programs are willing to consider applicants who fall directly below the GPA criteria. Applicants can apply to up to three majors in rank order, allowing them to apply for competitive programs alongside other majors of interest with less competitive requirements. Applicants will submit additional application information as part of the CEAS Applicant Scan for departments to consider as part of a holistic review.

These programs are willing to consider applicants who fall below the criteria: ASE, BME, CMPE, CS, EE, EET, ENVE, FST, ME, and MET.

You will receive an email from asking you to complete the “CEAS Applicant Scan.”

We use this form to:

  • Confirm your application details (i.e. major rankings, transfer credit)
  • Gather additional application information, including a statement of interest and current extracurricular activities

All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the CEAS Applicant Scan.

  • Program capacity refers to the maximum number of allowable students in any given program cohort. Capacity is contingent on classroom/lab space, program faculty, and co-op availability.
  • Students in the Freshman Engineering Program (FEP) are not subject to capacity restrictions when applying to CEAS majors. These students have guaranteed admission to CEAS programs.
  • For all other applicants (COM, COC, and Readmission): Applicants who meet the minimum criteria could be denied based on program capacity. 

Applicant priority refers to the order in which CEAS reviews applicants: 

  1. Freshman Engineering Program (FEP)
  2. Change of Major (COM)
  3. Change of College (COC)
  4. Transfer
  • Readmission applicants will be reviewed according to their previous UC major. 
  • If there are program capacity limitations during an application cycle, applicants will be reviewed according to applicant priority.

Incomplete grades cannot fulfil minimum course requirements. If a student receives an I grade in a course that is required for admission, their application will be deferred to a later term.

If a student receives an I grade in a course that is not required for admission, the course will not impact their overall and/or Math/Science GPA calculations.

If a student’s I grade in a required course is switched to a non-passing grade after acceptance, they will be placed on CEAS Academic Probation and expected to earn a passing grade in that same course on their second attempt (see below for more information). 

CEAS students, including newly accepted transition students, are required to meet the CEAS Academic Action Criteria. As such, a student could be admitted to CEAS on college-level Academic Probation if they have a first grade deficiency in a required course. CEAS will notify students via email during their first semester if they are entering CEAS on Academic Probation.