Admission

Running Start Students

The information on this page is intended to support Running Start students and their families in making an informed decision about attending the UW College of Engineering.

In some cases, engineering students with Running Start credits are able to shorten their time at UW, but timelines and pathways vary by engineering major.

  1. Apply to the University of Washington using the freshman application and indicate an engineering major as your first choice major. See the Office of Admissions for important information about navigating the admission process as a Running Start applicant.
  2. Assess your potential readiness for your engineering major(s) of interest by reviewing the engineering major application and enrollment requirements and comparing them to your completed Running Start coursework using the UW Equivalency Guide
    • If you have completed the application requirements for your major(s) of interest by the deadline to apply to your major(s) of interest and are on track to complete the enrollment requirements by your first quarter of enrollment at the UW, you can apply to your major(s) of interest prior to starting at the UW through the competitive application pathway. (See summary below.) Note: It’s rare for students to have completed all coursework to be major-ready by their first quarter at the UW. We anticipate the majority of students with Running Start credits will be on a four-year timeline to graduation.
    • If you are admitted to an engineering major prior to starting at the UW, it may be possible to complete your degree in two years.
    • If you are not admitted to an engineering major prior to starting at the UW, you can apply again through the competitive process during your first-year at the UW and, if admitted, it may be possible to complete your degree in three years.
    • If you are admitted to the UW and directly to the College of Engineering, and do not apply or are not admitted to an engineering major via the competitive application process, you will go through the placement request process and will likely be on a four-year graduation plan.
    • To learn more about the curriculum or the competitive admission pathway for a particular major, talk to a departmental adviser. See the departmental advising directory. 
  3. If have room or flexibility in your course plan, consider how best to use your time at the UW in order to accomplish your post-graduation goals. For example, if you’re interested in working for an international company after graduation, consider studying a language. If you’re interested in graduate school, you might want to explore an extended research opportunity. Other opportunities could include completing a degree outside of the College of Engineering, completing a minor, participating in an extended study abroad, or completing an internship.
2020 engineering major application deadlines

Start quarter

Application deadlines

Majors admitting for the start quarter
Autumn April 10

Aeronautics & Astronautics
Bioresource Science & Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Spring January 15

Bioengineering
Bioresource Science & Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering