3-2 Engineering Programs

Cal Tech 3/2 Program

We invite students who are in their junior year at a select group of liberal arts colleges to apply to transfer to Caltech after completing their junior year at their home college. After two years in residence at Caltech and the successful completion of our requirements, 3/2 students will be granted a bachelor of science degree from Caltech as well as a second bachelor's degree from their home liberal arts college.

Participating Colleges

Areas of Study

Your liberal arts college will let you know which of our options (majors) are available to you. We allow our 3/2 students to transfer into any of the undergraduate options at Caltech.


Columbia Combined Plan Program

Candidates who began at an affiliate schoolstarting in fall 2016:

The above requirements are the same with the updated articulation agreement from summer 2016, which includes new information about the Columbia policies that Combined Plan students are subject to once enrolled at Columbia. Please note a new exception, a three-year residency requirement at the affiliate institution, which can include time spent at a previous institution and/or study abroad opportunities. Additionally, applicants with 3.0 - 3.29 cumulative GPA are welcome to consider the program, although admission is not guaranteed.

In order to be eligible for guaranteed admission, applicants must meet the requirements from the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the fall semester they began college. Students are not subject to the changes made to Curriculum Guides issued in subsequent years. For details, please review the Curriculum Guide that was issued in the year you began college [Fall 2013Fall 2014Fall 2015Fall 2016].  

You should confer with the liaison at your school in order to determine which classes fulfill Columbia pre-engineering foundation and major-specific courses.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.


Agnes Scott (GA) with Georgia Tech

Albion College with Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Case Western Reserve University and Michigan Technological University

Allegheny College (PA) - http://www.allegheny.edu/academics/programs/coop.php

with Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University, the School of Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh, and the Duke University and Washington University engineering schools

Assumption College (MA) - http://www.assumption.edu/academics/programs/engineering

with the University of Notre Dame and WashU

Austin College (TX) - http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/physics/preengineering/index.html

Affiliated with:

  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Texas A&M College Station
  • Washington University (St Louis)
  • Columbia University.
  • University of Richmond
  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • Virginia Tech

Baldwin-Wallace College (OH) - with Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University http://bw.edu/academics/phy/programs/

Bard College and Dartmouth

Beloit College (WI) - with Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Washington University (St. Louis) http://www.beloit.edu/academics/preprofprgms/

Benedictine University (IL) with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Bethany College - a small, private, liberal arts, residential campus located in Lindsborg, Kansas.  Their 3+2 program is with Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Bowdoin - http://www.bowdoin.edu/physics/engineering

Brandeis University (MA) has a 3-2 with Columbia University (NY) and has a certificate option at Olin College (MA)

California State University in Fresno - http://www.csufresno.edu

Centre College (KY) - with University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt University, Washington University, and Columbia University -http://www.centre.edu/web/academic/majors/engineering.html

Chatham University (PA, women's only at the undergraduate level) with Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Clark University (MA) with Columbia University, NY; Washington University, St. Louis; or Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Colby College (ME) with Dartmouth College

College of the Holy Cross (MA) - http://www.holycross.edu/academics/32engineering/ (with Columbia and Dartmouth)

College of Wooster (OH) with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Colorado College with RPI

Davidson (NC) - with Columbia and Washington University

DePaul University (IL) with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

DePauw University (IN) with Columbia and  Wash U.

Dominican University (IL) with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Drury University (Springfield, MO) with both Washington University (St. Louis) and University of Missouri-Columbia.

Eckerd College with Auburn University, Columbia University, University of Miami and Washington University (St. Louis)

Elmhurst College (IL) with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Fairfield University - http://www.fairfield.edu/x4966.xml

Franklin and Marshall (PA) -  affiliated with Case Western University, Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Washington University in St. Louis


Furman University with Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, or North Carolina State

Goucher College (MD) with Johns Hopkins

Harvey Mudd has a 3-2 program with Claremont McKenna or Scripps College within the Claremont Colleges.


Hobart and William Smith - with Dartmouth University, Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Washington University (St. Louis)

Hood College with George Washington University


Illinois State University

with the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) -http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/programs/PhysEng.html#Glance

Illinois Wesleyan University - http://www2.iwu.edu/academics/preeng.shtml

with Case Western Reserve (Cleveland) and Washington University (St. Louis),  Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) and Columbia University (New York City)

Ithaca College (NY) with Cornell

Lycoming College (PA) with the Waston School of Engineering at Binghamton University (NY)

Lawrence University (WI) - with with Columbia University (New York, New York), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York), and Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri), but students may transfer to any accredited engineering school with the agreement of the chosen institution. http://www.lawrence.edu/academics/gen/coop.shtml

Maryville University (St. Louis, MO) with Washington University (also in St. Louis)

Moravian University (PA) with Washington University and a 4-1 programs with Lehigh University

Mount Holyoke (MA) with Caltech, UMass

Niagara University with the University at Buffalo (SUNY) or the University of Detroit Mercy

Oberlin College (OH) with Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech; Pasadena, California), and Washington University (St. Louis); a partnership with Columbia University (New York) is being created

Occidental (CA) with California Institute of Technology or Columbia University

Ohio Wesleyan with Caltech or Wash U in St. Louis

Pacific University (OR) with Case Western University in OH.

Pepperdine (CA) with the University of Southern California School of Engineering and Washington University School of Engineering in St. Louishttp://seaver.pepperdine.edu/naturalscience/academics/engineering.htm) (

Providence College (RI) with Columbia University and Wash U in St. Louis

University of Puget Sound (WA) - http://www.ups.edu/x3043.xml (WashU, Columbia, Duke, & USC)

Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA)

Reed College (Portland, OR) with Columbia, Rensselaer, and Caltech

Rensselaer Polytechnic U (NY) http://admissions.rpi.edu/undergraduate/admission/transfer/3-2-engineering.html with Amherst, Bates, Beloit, Benedict, Clark Atlanta, Colgate, College of St. Rose, Claremont-McKenna, College of William & Mary, Colorado College, Denison, Dickinson, Earlham, Fairfield, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Grinnell, Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Hope, Ithaca, Kenyon, Knox, Lawrence University, Lincoln, Middlebury, Morehouse, Morris Brown, Ohio Wesleyan, Pace, Pitzer, Reed, Ripon, Roberts Wesleyan, Russell Sage, St. John Fisher, St. Lawrence, Scripps, Siena, Spelman College, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oneonta, The University at Albany, University of the South, Washington & Lee University,

Rhodes College with Wash U or UT Memphis

Ripon College (WI) with UW-Madison, Washington University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Russell Sage College with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Saint Anselm (NH) - http://www.anselm.edu/academics/academic+departments+and+programs/?View=M&ID=5

Saint Francis University (PA) has cooperative agreements with Clarkson University (NY), Penn State, and the University of Pittsburgh

St. John's University/College of St. Benedict's (MN) - http://www.csbsju.edu/catalog/2007_2009/departments/pre-professional/engineering.htm - with the University of St. Thomas

Saint Joseph's College of Maine with Manhattan College

Saint Mary's College (CA) with Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Southern California (USC) Salem College with Duke University

Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN) with the University of Notre Dame

Saint Michael's College (Colchester, VT) with the University of Vermont.

Santa Clara University (CA) - http://www.scu.edu/engineering/

Schreiner University (TX)

Scripps (CA) with Harvey Mudd College, Columbia & RPI

Sewanee, The University of the South (TN) with Wash U., Vandy, and Columbia

Southwestern University (TX) with Texas A&M University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Arizona State University

State University of New York (SUNY)

See http://www.suny.edu/student/search_programs/currfd_oas_main.cfm and scroll down the list of available academic programs until you see the Engineering 3:2 listings

Trinity College (CT) with Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and Union College (NY)

University of Kentucky (KY) - http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/catalog/2006-2007/catalog.htm

University of Michigan - Flint Campus

Flint has some new engineering options designed to feed into the main campus in Ann Arbor

UNC-Asheville (Asheville, NC) with North Carolina State University

University of Richmond - http://www.richmond.edu/prospective/majors/others/engineering.htm

Affiliated with:

  • Columbia University
  • George Washington University
  • Virginia Tech


University of Saint Francis (IL) with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Ursinus (PA)

Vassar College (NY) with Dartmouth

Washington University St. Louis with numerous colleges - https://engineering.wustl.edu/prospective-students/dual-degree/Pages/affiliated-schools.aspx

Wesleyan University (CT) with Caltech and Columbia

Westminster College of Salt Lake City (UT)

with Washington University in St. Louis and University of Southern California

Wheaton College (IL) with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Wheaton College (MA) with Dartmouth

Whitman College (CA) Affiliated with:

  • Cal Tech
  • Columbia
  • Washington University
  • Duke
  • U of Washington


Whittier (CA) with the University of Southern California and the University of Minnesota

Whitworth College (WA) - http://www.whitworth.edu/Academic/Programs/PreEngineering/Index.htm

with Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Southern California, Columbia University, Seattle Pacific University, and Washington State University

Willamette University with Columbia University

William Jewell College (Liberty, MO, just north of Kansas City) , with Columbia U, Washington U in STL, U of KS, and Vanderbilt

Williams College with Dartmouth