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Transfer admission

Course requirements  Deadlines  Advising appointments   Apply  Scholarships

Transfer students are an important part of our community. The key to a successful application is to plan, complete the required coursework and pay close attention to the deadlines. Use this page to help you prepare. We look forward to learning more about your unique experiences and perspectives.

Transfer admission statistics

Approximately, each year

51% of transfer applicants are offered admission into an engineering major.

20% of those earning a bachelor’s degree started at the UW as a transfer student.

1. Prepare your transfer plan

Familiarize yourself with application prerequisites and the foundational coursework required by the engineering majors you are considering. While you should prioritize completing prerequisite courses, you should aim to complete as much of the freshman/sophomore curriculum as possible.

Resources to help you explore our majors and their admission requirements

Note: While General Chemistry II will sometimes transfer as Chemistry 1XX, students who complete General Chemistry I & II* with accompanying lab at a Washington State Community College will satisfy the admission and graduation requirements for the CEE, ISE, MSE and ME departments.

*Courses such as Chemical Concepts, Introductory Chemistry and Chemistry Prep classes will not satisfy this requirement.

Many of the courses you will need are part of sequences, and since some courses will be offered only certain quarters, it is critical to know the timing of the course offerings at your college. Be proactive to ensure that you are taking prerequesite courses so you will be ready come application time.

2. Know your application deadlines

You will need to apply to the UW and the majors you are interested in pursuing simultaneously. Engineering departments accept applications and admit students to the majors at different times. Keep these different deadlines in mind as you prepare to apply to both the UW and the majors.

International transfer students are only admitted for autumn quarter unless you are already in the U.S. and meet department admission requirements for bioengineering or chemical engineering, in which case you are welcome to apply for admission in the spring.

Majors admitting for spring start: Bioengineering, Bioresource Science & Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Computer Engineering

Nov. 1

UW application opens

Dec. 15

UW deadline

Early Jan.

Engineering application opens

Jan. 15

Engineering deadline
5 P.M. PST

Mid Feb.

Admissions decisions announced

Majors admitting for fall start: Aeronautics & Astronautics, Bioresource Science & Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Dec. 15

UW application opens

Feb. 15

UW deadline

March 24

Engineering application opens

April 5

Engineering deadline

Early May

Admission decisions announced

3. Connect with us

If you have a general question about the College and its departments, email us or call (206) 543-1770 to ask a question or set up an appointment. Both in-person and virtual advising options are available.

Prospective transfer students can meet representatives from the College of Engineering every Thursday to learn more about the transfer process. This drop-in advising hour with the engineering advisers takes place following the UW-wide Transfer Thursday session. Some individual engineering departments also hold Transfer Thursday drop-in hours (see below), that are separate from the College of Engineering drop-in hour. During these sessions, you can ask questions more specific to the departments and majors of your interest.

Department Appointment types How to book appointment
Aeronautics & Astronautics Students must attend a UW Transfer Thursday information session before requesting an advising appointment.


Bioengineering Every Thursday during autumn quarter 3-4 pm. other appointment times also available.

Book appointment

Bioresource Science and Engineering Zoom information session/meeting Thursdays 2:30-4pm (may come in and out at any time during this period). Registration required – see “How to Book Appointment”

Sign up to attend on available dates

Chemical Engineering Every Thursday during autumn quarter 1-4 pm. Other appointment times also available.

Book in-person appointment
Book Zoom or phone appointment

Civil & Environmental Engineering Every Thursday during autumn quarter 3-4 pm. Other appointment times also available.

Computer Science & Engineering Information sessions for transfer students available.

Book appointment

Electrical & Computer Engineering Every Thursday during autumn quarter 2-4 pm except on the 2nd Thursday of the month when we do a virtual info session 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Book drop-in appointment or register for an information session

Human Centered Design & Engineering Available by appointment on Thursdays (in-person or virtual)

Book appointment

Industrial & Systems Engineering Available by appointment on Thursdays. Other appointment times also available.

Materials Science & Engineering Thursday same-day appointments available.

Book appointment

Mechanical Engineering Every Thursday during autumn quarter 3-4 pm.

Book appointment

4. Apply to the UW and majors of interest

Apply to the UW

Prepare to apply to the UW by the application deadline listed for your intended start quarter. If you miss the UW application deadline, you will not be able to apply to an engineering major.

UW application

Apply to engineering majors

You will be applying to engineering majors before you receive an admission decision from UW Admissions.

  • Submit an Engineering application for each engineering major you are applying to. Instructions and further details can be found on the online application form.
Major application

Scholarship opportunities

In addition to the UW student scholarships and financial aid, we encourage you to also apply for our Engineering scholarships. You can start this process once the scholarship application is open.

Engineering department advisers can also provide you with information about scholarship opportunities for specific majors. For example, the NSF-SSTEM program awards low-income transfer students from a Washington state community college who are pursuing materials-intensive engineering degrees (ChemE, MSE and MechE) with around $5,700 a year (renewable for up to two years).

Scholarship opportunities for transfer students are also available through the UW and partner organizations.