Undergraduate Admissions

What makes a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville so special? It starts with our Areas of Study:

Each of these programs is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Engineering Fundamentals

Our first-year students start with Engineering Fundamentals, a program specifically designed to provide a strong foundation before undergraduates pursue a specialized discipline. In this program, faculty and staff take a hands-on approach to help students successfully navigate their first year. Core Engineering courses include Mathematics, introductory Engineering, and Graphics.

Cooperative Education (Co-op)

Our Cooperative Education  program is an immersive collaboration with employers that opens doors beyond graduation. From your second year until you complete your undergraduate degree, you’ll spend three semesters gaining  real-world, on-the-job experience. And it’s paid. Many students accept full-time job offers from their Co-Op employers.

5th Year Master’s Degree

In addition to easing the transition for incoming high school students, we also prepare students to take their education to the next level. We encourage undergraduates to add an optional year to their studies, culminating in a 5th Year Master’s (MEng).

Do You Have What it Takes to Succeed at Speed?

The typical incoming freshman at Speed School has a GPA of 3.8, and test scores ranging from 1260-1440 on the SAT, 27-32 on the ACT.

Speed School students are expected to have a strong background in math and science, including:

  • Calculus (or pre-calculus)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

If you are interested in learning more about the requirements for admissions, please contact an admissions counselor.


Students with fewer than 24 transferable semester hours are considered in a similar fashion as freshman students and must meet the admissions requirements for new freshmen and have a minimum college grade point average of 2.8. Students with 24 hours or more transferable semester hours must have a 2.8 college grade point average and at least B- grades in each of the following courses: Calculus I (MATH 205 or equivalent) and General Chemistry I (CHEM 201 or equivalent).

In addition to the minimum grade requirements for Calculus I and General Chemistry I, the Speed School of Engineering requires a minimum “C-” grade for any transferred course to be accepted as credit toward a degree. A transfer student must earn at least sixty semester hours applicable toward the baccalaureate degree at a fully accredited four-year program at a college or university. Thirty of the last thirty-six semester hours must be earned at the University of Louisville and at least 25% of the degree program hours must be earned at University of Louisville.

If you are interested in learning more about the requirements for admissions, please contact an admissions counselor.

Computer Requirement

Undergraduate and transfer students at the J. B. Speed School of Engineering are required to have a mobile computer with an active digital pen meeting the minimum specifications at the link below. Graduate students should have a laptop.