Future Students

Transfer Student Admission

UW Engineering's Direct to College initiative does not affect Transfer students beyond changing application deadlines starting 2019. The Direct to College process is designed to maintain current levels of admissions for transfer students.

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Many students begin their engineering studies at a Washington state community college, or another college or university.

The best pathway for transfer students to enter the College of Engineering is to complete all engineering program/major prerequisites and apply to the UW and the department in tandem. Transfer students first apply to the UW. Before receiving an admission decision, students also apply directly to the department. Use this page and the resources on it to plan your transfer.

 

Make a transfer plan

Research prerequisites and curriculum

Find information about the application prerequisites and the additional lower-division coursework required for the engineering programs you are considering. While the application prerequisites are your priority courses to take, it is best to complete as much of the freshman/sophomore curriculum as possible. You can find information on required courses as follows:

Engineering at a Glance »
Department overviews, including degrees offered, and links to department fact sheets and websites.
Course Schedule Planning »
Descriptions of required courses and sample four-year plans for each department.
Compare majors: Required courses by department »
Comparison of the prerequisite courses for the different engineering majors (and courses required for graduation).
UW Equivalency Guide »
UW's list of equivalent classes at Washington community and technical colleges.

 

Know when to apply

Having researched prerequisites and application deadlines, you’re prepared to apply to begin your engineering degree. Engineering departments accept applications and admit students to the majors at different times. Find the quarters when the departments you're interested in are accepting applications in the tables below.

2017 and 2018 transfer student application deadlines

Start quarter 2017 and 2018 application deadlines Departments admitting during the quarter
Autumn
  1. Apply to UW February 15
  2. Apply to department July 1
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Spring
  1. Apply to UW December 15
  2. Apply to department February 1
Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Bioresource Science & Engineering

2019 transfer student application deadlines

Start quarter 2019 application deadlines Departments admitting during the quarter
Autumn
  1. Apply to UW February 15
  2. Apply to department April 5
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Spring
  1. Apply to UW December 15
  2. Apply to department January 15
Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Bioresource Science & Engineering

International transfer students

International transfer students are only admitted for autumn quarter unless they are already in the U.S. and meet department admission requirements for bioengineering or chemical engineering. Admission to the University for spring quarter will be contingent on direct admission to either the Bioengineering or Chemical Engineering department.

Work with your current college adviser

Meet with your current college adviser to plan your coursework. Many of the courses you will need are part of sequences, and since some courses will be offered only certain quarters, it is critical to know the timing of the course offerings at your college.

Connect with UW and Engineering advisers

Transfer application instructions

Successful transfer involves two separate admissions processes, except for Computer Science & Engineering. The first is admission to the University, through the UW Office of Admissions. The UW deadline for spring quarter transfer students is December 15. You can apply to more than one engineering department. Students interested in applying to Computer Science & Engineering as a transfer student, please see CSE Transfer Students.

1. Apply to the UW

Be prepared to apply to the UW by the application deadline listed for your intended start quarter. If you miss the UW application deadline, you will not be able to apply to an engineering department. See:

2. Apply to one or more departments

You will be applying to departments before you hear back from UW Admissions about your acceptance to the UW.

  • To apply to all departments — except Computer Science & Engineering — submit an Engineering Department Application form each engineering department you're applying to. Details are on the online application form.
  • Computer Science & Engineering applicants, see the CSE Transfer Students web page.
  • The criteria by which applicants are considered vary from department to department, but are based the GPA earned in prerequisite courses and the application essays. For more information, contact a UW Engineering adviser at (206) 543-1770.

 

Transfer Ambassadors

The Engineering Transfer Student Ambassador program provides an avenue for prospective transfer students to connect with current UW students who successfully transferred to the College of Engineering at the UW. Ambassadors are available to help prospective students navigate the process of transferring to UW and support their transition into the College of Engineering once they arrive.

Find An Ambassador

 

Engineering scholarships

In addition to the general student scholarships and financial aid offered by the University of Washington, students intending to major in engineering are invited to apply for College of Engineering scholarships. See Engineering Scholarships for the common application form and additional details.