UCI-IVC Engineering Academy

The UCI/IVC Engineering Academy is a partnership between Irvine Valley College and UCI Samueli School of Engineering. Only students who applied to UCI Samueli School of Engineering, but not admitted are eligible to be in the academy cohort. The fall 2018 cohort has been filled. However, traditional transfer paths are still available to any student interested in enrolling at IVC. Visit the Counseling Department or the Transfer Center for more information regarding transfer options.

Academy Eligibility Requirements:

  • Complete seven UC transferable courses, with a grade of C or better in each course:
    • Two courses in English composition (Writing 1/1H, Writing 2/2H)
    • One course in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning (Math 3A/3AH)
    • Four courses in at least two of the following areas: the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, or the physical and biological sciences (IGETC Area 3, 4 or 5)
  • Earn a grade of C or better in each of the required major preparation courses and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the major
  • Earn a cumulative 3.40 GPA in all UC transferable courses
  • Complete a certificate and/or associate degree in engineering topics at Irvine Valley College
  • Satisfy all of the TAG application requirements and submit a TAG application to UCI and declare a primary major within the Samueli School of Engineering. Information about TAG applications, including forms, application deadlines and qualifications is available online at ucal.us/apply and https://www.admissions.uci.edu/applicants/apply.html


  • Guaranteed admission to the following majors:
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering Premed
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Material Science Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Reserved class seating for major courses such as math, chemistry, computer science, and physics, in addition to writing courses
  • Transfer in with junior standing status


For More Information:

Irvine Valley College Counselor

Eric Garcia (email)


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