About Us

Mission, Facts, and Stats

Our mission is to develop outstanding engineers and ideas that change the world.

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.

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.

A glimpse at the UW Engineering students, researchers, and faculty whose innovations will change the world.

partial view of a UW Engineering building

UW Engineering Departments playlist

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A Day in the Life of a UW Engineering Student

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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).


275 faculty (25.2% women)


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

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Engineering innovation

Engineers drive the innovation economy and are vital to solving society’s most challenging problems. The College of Engineering is a key part of a world-class research university in a thriving hub of aerospace, biotechnology, global health and information technology innovation. Over 50% of UW startups in FY18 came from the College of Engineering.

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 are a national leader in women in engineering; 25.5% of our faculty are women compared to 17.4% nationally. We offer a robust set of diversity programs for students and faculty.

Research and commercialization

The University of Washington is an engine of economic growth, today ranked third in the nation for the number of startups launched each year, with 65 companies having been started in the last five years alone by UW students and faculty, or with technology developed here. The College of Engineering is a key contributor to these innovations, and engineering faculty, students or technology are behind half of all UW startups. In FY19, UW received $1.58 billion in total research awards from federal and nonfederal sources.

Financing UW Engineering

CoE sources of funds 2019

CoE Sources of Funds 2019