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Engineering  |  School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

First time freshmen and transfer students

It is never too early to prepare for your journey to college. Preparation may be different depending on whether you intend to enter an engineering program at Arizona State University as a first-time freshman student or as a transfer student. Ready to get started? Click here to review admission requirements for the Fulton Schools. 

First time freshmen

If you are preparing for college, then you are most likely already taking many of the classes that you’ll need for admission to an engineering program at ASU. Some of the recommended high school courses include:

  • Math (Four Years): Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus (it would be best if you are ready for pre-calculus or calculus 1 for your first semester of college)
  • Lab Science (Three Years): Preferably Biology, Physics,and Chemistry
  • Programming: It would be helpful to familiarize yourself with either Java or C/C++ programming languages prior to starting in college (all CIDSE majors require programming in their first and second years).

It is very important that you finish high school with strong grades. Don’t fall victim to “senioritis.”  You will also need to make sure that you do well on your standardized tests, to help ensure your admission. AP/IB and Dual enrollment classes are a great way to get ahead on credits prior to starting college. 

Transfer students

Students must have at least 24 transferrable hours in order to be considered a transfer student at ASU. Your admission will then be based on your transferrable college GPA and your combined math and science courses from high school and college. We recommend that you plan to complete the following courses prior to starting an engineering program:

  • Math: At least one transferrable three hour math course. You should either be ready for calculus or have completed some calculus prior to starting at ASU.  (Calculus Requirement: College Calculus levels 1-3)  
  • Lab Science: At least one transferrable four hour lab science course. Courses many include Biology, Chemistry and Physics depending on the major you intend to enter at ASU.
  • Programming: At least one transferrable three hour programming course. It would be best to take this course in the Java programming language (all CIDSE majors require programming in their first and second years).

Students transferring from Arizona Community Colleges should consult the Course Equivalency Guide to make sure that they are taking the correct courses that will apply towards their degree. The best way to ensure that you do not take excess courses is to use the Course Equivalency Guide and the major map or flowchart of your intended major together to compare courses.

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Primary Criteria: Students with fewer than 24 transfer credits

  • Minimum transfer GPA of 3.00 for less than 24 transfer hours, and
  • No high school math or science competency deficienciesand
  • Must meet one of the following three requirements:
    1. Minimum 1210 SAT (or 1140 if taken prior to March 2016) combined evidence based reading and writing plus math score or minimum 24 ACT combined score, or
    2. 3.00 minimum ABOR GPA, or
    3. Class ranking in top 25 percent of high school class or
    4. GED score of 500 or higher

Note that the above requirements apply to students who change their major with fewer than 24 transferable college credit hours. Transfer student or change of major students with 24 or moretransferable college credit hours must meet either the primary or secondary criteria (but not both) listed below.

Primary Criteria: Students with more than 24 transfer credits

  1. Minimum transfer GPA of 3.00 for 24 or more transfer hours, and
  2. No high school math or science competency deficiencies (if Undergraduate Admissions requires submission of a high school transcript).

 Secondary Criteria

  1. Minimum transfer GPA of 2.75 for 24 or more transfer hours and 2.75 GPA in first and second semester critical courses.
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Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable college credit hours:

  • Must satisfy the freshman admission requirements, and
  • Meet the minimum transfer GPA of 2.75 for less than 24 hours.

Applicants with 24 or more transferable college credit hours:

  • Minimum transfer GPA of 2.75 for 24 or more transfer hours, and
  • No more than one deficiency in math or laboratory science.
How to meet with us before or after applying

How to meet with us before or after applying

Before applying to ASU:

If you would like to set an appointment with one of our advisors prior to transferring to ASU, we are happy to meet with you.  We ask that you call our front office 480-965-3199 or email us at cidse.undergrad@asu.edu to request an appointment.  Let our worker who you speak with know that you are a potential ASU transfer student, where you are transferring from, what program you want to transfer into, and what you would like to discuss with us.  Also please let them know if you have previously met with one of our advisors so that you can meet with that same advisor again.

After acceptance to ASU:

Once you have been assigned an advisor, you are still welcome to call the front desk to set an appointment, or you can also use the Online Scheduling Tool.

When it is time for your appointment, be sure to have your questions ready and bring any materials that might be helpful to the advisor in the appointment.  For example, if you would like to discuss your transfer courses, and what you will be getting credit for, it is a good idea to bring an unofficial transcript from your current school with you.

There are many great resources here on-campus to give students the best service in specific areas.  As an advising office, we act as a hub for these resources, so know that for some of your questions, you may not get a specific answer from your advisor, but we can steer you in the right direction.  Some of these areas may include:

  • Financial Aid Questions
  • Admissions issues
  • Evaluation of transfer courses
Transfer resources

Tutoring

Besides various Tutoring Centers available on-campus for just about every subject, the Fulton Schools offer FREE tutoring services to all ASU students in undergraduate-level coursework.  The main Center is in The Engineering Center-F Wing (ECF), Room 102.  Students can get tutoring there in Physics, Math, and various Engineering areas.

More information about the tutoring center.

Career Services

As part of the Fulton Schools of Engineering, we are blessed to be able to work with the Engineering Career Center.  They assist students as a resource for career development through one-on-one meetings in areas such as: resume writing, interview preparation, what programs/courses will best help you prepare for your field of interest, and what experience is necessary before you graduate.

Besides this, the Career Center holds various workshops and events to help students, including two Career Fairs each year. These are great events for Engineering students only, and so each and every company/organization that attends is looking for someone like you!

More information on the Engineering Career Center.

Student Orgs

Getting involved outside of regular classes is key to getting the most out of your educational experience here at ASU, and there are many ways for you to get involved here!  There are more than 50 engineering organizations campus-wide beside the many non-engineering organizations, so there’s sure to be something that fits what you are passionate about; and if there is not, start your own organization!

Learn more about student organizations in the Fulton Schools and how you can get involved.

Transfer frequently asked questions

I’ve been admitted to a ground campus program but can’t register, what do I do?

Once you have been admitted to one of our programs, you will need to go through an advising presentation and advising session before you are able to register.  To get more information on that, please email cidse.undergrad@asu.edu and specify that you are a new transfer student and would like to register for a transfer advising session.

What do I need to do once I’ve been admitted before coming?

Once you have been admitted, there are various things you should do before coming to campus.  A good place to start will be your To Do Items or Holds on your MyASU.  This will include immunization records, sending official transcripts, and other important steps.

More information on what is required for each item can be found by clicking on that item.  There is usually a contact number if you have questions, but as always, ask your advisor if you are confused about where to go and what to do next.

My transcripts were sent but they’re not showing.  What do I do?

There are a few reasons why your transcripts are not showing on your file yet.  First, you contact the ASU Admissions office to see if the transcript has been received but not recorded yet.  If that is the case, it may just be a matter of waiting a little longer.

If they have not yet been received by ASU Admissions, it is a good idea to contact the Registrar’s office from your previous school to verify the transcript was sent and, if needed, have another copy sent.

If your transcript has not arrived or been recorded, and your classes in the upcoming semester may be affected, contact your advisor for advice on what else you may be able to do.

How do I make sure my transfer credits are applying?

The best resource to verify transfer credits from other institutions is the Transfer Credit Guide: webapp4.asu.edu/transfercreditguide/app/home

How can I get financial assistance?

For more information on financial aid, we suggest you contact the following resources:

-ASU scholarship and financial aid services: students.asu.edu/contact/financialaid

-Ira. A Fulton Schools scholarship page: engineering.asu.edu/scholarships/

Online students

Online students can call 480-727-3520 or email cidse.online@asu.edu to request an advising appointment. 

How to apply?

Students applying to an undergraduate program at CIDSE must directly apply to ASU’s undergraduate admissions and select a degree program offered by the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering.

Freshman applicants are advised to stick to the priority application deadline set by ASU’s Undergraduate Admissions Office for Admissions and Scholarships. Late applicants will be considered for university admission and financial aid, but CIDSE will give priority consideration to applications submitted by the priority deadline.