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Transfer Admission

Many students begin their engineering studies at a Washington state community college, or another college or university.

The preferred pathway for transfer students to enter the College of Engineering is to complete all engineering program/major prerequisites and apply to the UW and major(s) in tandem. First you apply to the University through the UW Office of Admissions. Then, before receiving an admission decision, you apply directly to the major(s). Use this page to plan your transfer.

Topics: Planning  Deadlines  UW application  Department application  Scholarships  Transfer Thursdays

Both in-person and virtual advising options are available starting in autumn quarter. Please contact Priscilla Yoon to schedule an appointment.

1. Make a transfer plan

Research majors and admission requirements

Find information about the application prerequisites and the additional lower-division coursework required for the engineering programs you are considering. While the application prerequisites are your priority courses to take, it is best to complete as much of the freshman/sophomore curriculum as possible. You can find information on required courses as follows:

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.

Know when to apply

Having researched prerequisites and application deadlines, you’re prepared to apply to begin your engineering degree. Engineering departments accept applications and admit students to the majors at different times. Find the quarters when the departments you're interested in are accepting applications in the tables below.


Transfer student application deadlines

Start quarter Application deadlines Majors admitting during the quarter
  1. Apply to UW by February 15
  2. Apply to department by April 5
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Bioresource Science & Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
  1. Apply to UW by December 15
  2. Apply to department by January 15
Bioresource Science & Engineering
Chemical Engineering

International transfer students

International transfer students are only admitted for autumn quarter unless they are already in the U.S. and meet department admission requirements for bioengineering or chemical engineering. Admission to the University for spring quarter will be contingent on direct admission to either the Bioengineering or Chemical Engineering department.

Meet with your current college adviser to plan your coursework

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.

Connect with UW and Engineering advisers

  • Email with general questions.
  • Call (206) 543-1770 to ask a question or set up an appointment.

Transfer Thursdays

Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Prospective transfer students can visit 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 engineering drop-in hour.

Departmental Transfer Thursday drop-in sessions

Meet with advisers for specific majors during these Thursday sessions.

Department Time Location
Aeronautics & Astronautics Email for appointment Guggenheim Hall 211
Bioengineering Email for appointment Foege Building N107
Chemical Engineering Call for appointment Benson Hall 137
Civil & Environmental Engineering Call for appointment More Hall 201
Computer Science & Engineering Call for appointment CSE Building AC 101
Electrical & Computer Engineering 2 to 4 p.m. ECE building
Human Centered Design & Engineering Call for appointment Sieg Hall 428
Industrial & Systems Engineering Email for appointment MEB G7
Materials Science & Engineering Call for appointment Roberts Hall 302
Mechanical Engineering Schedule an appointment MEB 143

2. Apply to the UW

Be prepared 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. See:

Apply to the UW

3. Apply to one or more majors

You will be applying to engineering majors before you hear back from UW Admissions about your acceptance to the UW.

  • Submit an Engineering Application for each engineering major you are applying to. Details are on the online application form.
  • Each department has its own criteria for admission, but all are based on GPAs earned in prerequisite courses and application essays. For more information, contact a UW Engineering adviser at (206) 543-1770.

Apply to a major


In addition to the UW student scholarships and financial aid, students intending to major in engineering are invited to apply for Engineering Scholarships.