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Direct to College is a new admission process that assures incoming freshman students who are admitted into the College of Engineering that they can pursue an engineering degree at the UW. The changes took effect starting with the 2018 incoming freshman class. For more details, see:
Admission to the UW Engineering Departments
- Pre-engineer overview »
- For pre-engineering students entering the UW in 2017 or earlier. Learn how to prepare and apply for admission.
- Compare prerequisite courses for engineering majors »
- See which courses are required for admission to and graduation from each engineering department.
- Writing your personal statement »
- Write a successful personal statement that articulates your motivation for studying engineering and highlights your achievements.
- Online application form »
- Ready to apply to an Engineering department? The form is here.
- Admission statistics »
- Find out what each department looks for in applicants, including average and minimum GPAs.
Admission pathways into engineering departments
Early admission is an option for currently enrolled first-year pre-engineering students who entered UW through the freshman application process. Transfer students are not eligible for early admission, but Running Start students are eligible. The early admission pathway will be discontinued after the autumn 2018 admission cycle.
To apply for early admission, you must complete the early admission prerequisite courses (a subset of the upper division requirements) for your department(s) of interest by the end of spring quarter of your first year. These courses generally consist of the full calculus series, some physical science, and English composition. Check the planning sheet to understand the requirements for your department of interest. You can apply to multiple departments as long as you have met the early admission prerequisites for each.
Not all departments offer early admission — see the chart below for more information.
Autumn 2018 early-admission cycle: application opens mid June and is due July 1.
Upper division or “regular” admission
Upper division admission, or regular admission, is offered by all engineering departments. You can apply for upper division admission once you have completed the full set of prerequisites for your department(s) of interest. If you are a first-year student, you can apply for upper division admission if you’ve completed all of the necessary coursework via Running Start or AP/IB.
You can apply to multiple majors as long as you have completed all the admission prerequisites for each departments of interest. Some departments offer this admission pathway once a year, some twice a year, see the chart below for more information.
Spring 2018 admission cycle: application opens middle of January and is due February 1
Autumn 2018 admission cycle: application opens middle of June and is due July 1
To create an intentional educational plan that keeps you on track for applying to departments, we strongly encourage you to utilize the educational planning resources.
Department application deadlines
2018 department application deadlines
Deadline: July 1
Deadline: February 1
|Aeronautics & Astronautics||Early & upper division||None|
|Chemical Engineering||Early||Upper division|
|Civil Engineering||Early & upper division||None|
|Computer Science & Engineering||Upper division||Upper division|
|Electrical Engineering||Upper division||Upper division|
|Human Centered Design & Engineering||Upper division||Upper division|
|Industrial & Systems Engineering||Early & upper admission||None|
|Mechanical Engineering||Early & upper admission||None|
|Materials Science & Engineering||Early & upper admission||None|
|Bioresource Science & Engineering||Upper division||Upper division|
2019 and beyond department application deadlines
The deadlines below apply to current UW pre-engineers, pre-major students, and all other non-engineering students.
Note that beginning in 2019, there are no early admission pathways. (Exception: freshman interest changers applying for autumn admission into Bioengineering.)
Regular app. deadline: April 5
App. deadline: January 15
|Aeronautics & Astronautics||April 5||no spring admission|
July 1: early admission for students in majors other than "Engineering Undeclared"
|Chemical Engineering||no autumn admission||January 15|
|Civil Engineering||April 5||no spring admission|
|Computer Science & Engineering||July 1||January 15|
|Electrical Engineering||April 5||no spring admission|
|Human Centered Design & Engineering||April 5||January 15|
|Industrial & Systems Engineering||April 5||no spring admission|
|Mechanical Engineering||April 5||no spring admission|
|Materials Science & Engineering||April 5||no spring admission|
|Bioresource Science & Engineering||April 5||January 15|