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Current UW non-engineering students

Some students do not have an interest in engineering when they start at UW, but rather discover their interest later.

While the majority of engineering students at the UW are admitted via the Direct to College pathway as freshmen, there is still an opportunity for UW students who discover an interest in engineering later to apply through our capacity-constrained pathway to departments. Capacity for “interest changers” varies dramatically by major.

If you are interested in applying to engineering majors, we encourage you to work closely with your assigned UAA or OMA&D adviser to ensure you plan accordingly. Additionally, you should reach out to advisers in your majors of interest as soon as possible. Use the resources in this page to guide your planning.

Topics: Review major options  Admission requirements  Deadlines  Engineering advisers   Apply

1. Review engineering and engineering-related major options

Engineering at a glance »
Department overviews, including degrees offered, and links to department websites.

Engineering-related majors »
It's a good idea to also create a parallel plan for majors listed under the Biological & Environmental Sciences, Computing, Math, or Physical Sciences.

2. Ensure you’re on track to apply

Understand admission requirements

Find information about the application requirements and the additional lower-division coursework, referred to as enrollment requirements, required for the engineering programs you are considering. While the application requirements are your priority courses to take, it is important to ensure you have a plan to complete the enrollment requirements prior to starting in the major.

Compare majors: Required courses by department »
Comparison of the application and enrollment requirements for the different engineering majors.

Know when to apply

Once you have thoroughly researched majors and their associated application and enrollment requirements, you’re prepared to apply to one or more engineering majors! It's important to keep in mind that engineering departments accept applications and admit students to the majors at different times. You can find the quarters when the majors you are interested in are accepting applications in the table below.

Engineering major application deadlines

Start quarterApplication deadlinesMajors admitting during the quarter
AutumnApply to department by April 5Aeronautics & Astronautics
Bioresource Science & Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
SpringApply to department by January 15Bioengineering
Bioresource Science & Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering

3. Connect with an adviser in your engineering major(s) of interest

When mailing information to the individuals listed below, for all departments, the rest of the mailing address is: University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-_ _ _ _ (use last four digits of campus box number)
317 Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400
3720 15th Ave. NE Box 355061
(206) 685-2000

Dave Drischell, Academic Services Director
137C Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 543-2252

Nicole Minkoff, Undergraduate Adviser
137A Benson Hall, Box 351750
(206) 685-1634
201 More Hall, Box 352700
Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, Room CSE 101. Check in at the front desk for all appointments.
Campus Box 352500
185 Stevens Way Paul Allen Center – Room AE100R Seattle, WA 98195-2500

Meghan Oxley, Academic Counselor – Senior
423 Sieg Hall, Box 352315
(206) 543-1798
G7 ME Building, Box 352650
(206) 543-5041
302A Roberts Hall, Box 352120
Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Way, Box 352600

4. Apply to majors of interest

Apply to engineering majors