Why UW Engineering?
Choosing a university is a big decision. You’ll invest your time, talent and money—you want to receive the best educational experience. Consider this: the University of Washington is ranked number one in federal research and training funding for public universities. Nine of 10 engineering departments are ranked in their respective top 25, with two in the top 10, and the College of Engineering is ranked 13th in public engineering schools overall. An engineering education from the UW offers a wealth of opportunities and opens doors to an extraordinary future.
- Change the world
- The Engineers Without Borders UW chapter is active in the Sibinal region of Guatemala building a fish hatchery program that will provide the community with a reliable source of food and income. As part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a UW research team is designing a cook stove for developing countries. Become a Washington Engineer and you’ll have the chance to work on interesting projects with global impact.
- Work with award winning and supportive faculty
- Our faculty are passionate and renowned in their fields. With 22 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 95 NSF Early Career awardees, 2 MacArthur "Genius" Award winners, and 25 Sloan Research fellows, this impressive group is committed to providing students with an exceptional education.
- Participate in world-class research
- Our strong research community offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in laboratory research and tackle real-world engineering problems through their senior capstone design projects. UW Engineering has major research centers in aerospace, bio-sciences, electronics and computing, energy, materials and structures, molecular and nano engineering, and transportation. Last year, research funding in engineering alone totaled over $107 million.
- Build relationships with industry—now and into the future
- The Puget Sound region is a hub of creativity and innovation in aerospace, biotechnology, global health, clean technology, and information and communications technology. Local industry is eager to connect with our students. Our Co-Op & Internship Program gives students a chance to work in their field while earning school credit and often helps students to secure a job before graduation.
- Be a part of our "Community of Innovators"
- UW Engineering is a community. We offer a wide variety of programs to support our engineering students. Freshmen and sophomores can live in the Engineering Community, a residence hall that extends learning beyond the classroom. Find tutoring and support at the Engineering Academic Center through workshops, study groups and STEM tutors. Meet with an adviser to discuss plans for the future, explore academic interests and find new opportunities on campus.
- Get one of the best values in higher education
- We believe that finances should not be a barrier to getting a first-class education. Kiplinger's magazine has rated the UW the 13th best value in higher education. Over 60% of UW undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. The UW's Husky Promise guarantees that full tuition will be covered for low or lower-middle income students who are Washington residents.
“Engineering is a very creative profession... [Without] diversity, we limit the set of life experiences that are applied, and as a result, we pay an opportunity cost - a cost in products not built, in designs not considered, in constraints not understood, in processes not invented..."
~ William. A. Wulf,
former NAE President,
Diversity in Engineering,
The Bridge, Winter 1998.
Academic Support through Learning Communities
The Engineering Academic Center is a place where students hone the skills they need to succeed in introductory math, physics or chemistry courses. Workshop participants, usually 10 to 20 students, meet twice a week in study groups and form learning communities.
Engineering Academic Center
Center leader Dave Prince