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Today’s challenges require innovative thinking and collaborative approaches that bridge engineering disciplines with science, law, public policy and business.

Together with world-class partners, the University of Washington’s College of Engineering is developing a new generation of innovators. A national leader in educating engineers, each year the College turns out new discoveries, inventions and top-flight graduates, all contributing to the strength of our economy and the vitality of our community.

UW Engineering is ranked 20th among all engineering schools with more than half of its departments ranked in the top 20 of their respective fields.

Student demographics

The College works to ensure that students from all backgrounds succeed from their first days on campus to their post-college careers.

Student enrollment and degrees awarded
Undergraduate enrollment 5,095
Undergraduate degrees awarded 1,359
Master's program enrollment 1,817
Master's degrees awarded 838
Doctor of Philosophy program enrollment 1,077
Doctor of Philosophy degrees awarded 169

Data reported Autumn 2020.

Diversity of Degree Recipients B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
Women 29% 32% 34%
Underrepresented Minorities* 10% 12% 6%
Asian Americans 32% 17% 12%
Foreign Nationals 19% 33% 40%
Washington Residents 67% 41% 19%
* Underrepresented minorities include African American, American Indian/Native American, Hispanic, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. The percentage shown is a percentage of total domestic (non-international) students.

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The College utilizes a Direct to College admission model where first-year undergraduate students are admitted as Engineering Undeclared (ENGRUD) students and request placement to engineering majors. See results of placement cycles by ENGRUD cohort.

UW staff and faculty can access academic data on enrollment, student credit hours, degrees, and student progress on UW Profiles, a service provided by the Office of Planning and Budgeting (UW NetID required).

Faculty

290 faculty (28.3% women)

Achievements:

  • 129 NSF Young Investigator/Early Career Awards since 1984
  • 32 Sloan Foundation Research Awards
  • 2 MacArthur Foundation Fellows (2007 and 2011)

Related   Faculty Honors

Engineering innovation

Engineers drive the innovation economy and are vital to solving society’s most challenging problems. The College of Engineering, #1 source of all UW start-ups, is a key part of a world-class research university in a thriving hub of aerospace, biotechnology, global health and information technology innovation.

Commitment to diversity and access

The College of Engineering is committed to developing and supporting a diverse student body and faculty that reflect and elevate the populations we serve. We offer a robust set of diversity programs for students and faculty. The College is a national leader in women in engineering; 28.3% of our faculty are women compared to 18% nationally.

Economic impact in Washington state

Investment in engineering degrees and research is directly linked to overall economic health. For every dollar of state appropriation invested in the College, $6 is generated in the economy.

Financing UW Engineering

Sources of funds 2020

Pie chart that shows financing engineering. Tuition 13%, Investment incom 2%, auxiliary 6%, State appropriations 8%, Research cost recovery 6%, grants and contracts 50%, gifts and dicretionary 16%

Tuition 13%
Investment income 2%
Auxiliary 6%
State appropriations 8%
Research cost recovery 6%
Grants and contracts 50%
Gifts and dicretionary 16%