UCI-IVC Engineering Academy

The UCI-IVC Engineering Academy is a partnership between Irvine Valley College and UCI Samueli School of Engineering. Only high school students who applied to UCI Samueli School of Engineering, but not admitted are eligible to be in the academy cohort. Applications for the fall 2019 cohort are now being accepted. Only senior applicants who applied to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCI and were denied are eligible. 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 B or better in each of the required major preparation courses
  • May be eligible for 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, and computer science, in addition to writing courses
  • Transfer in with junior standing status


For More Information:

Email Judith Benavidez, Counselor


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