Why UW Engineering?

An engineering education from the University of Washington offers a wealth of opportunities and opens doors to an extraordinary future.

The UW is an engine of economic growth, with 86 startups created in the last five years alone by UW students and faculty, or with technology developed here. The College of Engineering is a key contributor to these innovations, being responsible for nearly half of the patents filed at the University of Washington.

  • The University of Washington is ranked number one in federal research and training funding for public universities.
  • Nine of 10 engineering departments are ranked in their respective top 25, with two in the top 10.
  • The College of Engineering is ranked 11th in public engineering schools overall.

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Change the world

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Students work on interesting projects with global impact. One group built a successful fish hatchery program in Guatemala that provides a reliable source of food and income. Another team designed safer and more efficient cook stoves for developing countries. Students teams participate in (and often win) the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship's Environmental Innovation Challenge and Health Innovation Challenge.

Work with award winning and supportive faculty

award-winning faculty

Our faculty are passionate and renowned in their fields and are committed to providing students with an exceptional education. They include 22 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 120 NSF Early Career awardees, 2 MacArthur "Genius" Award winners, and 30 Sloan Research fellows.

Participate in world-class research

student with equipment in the lab Our undergraduates tackle real-world problems proposed by industry sponsors through senior capstone design projects. They work in major research centers in aerospace, bio-sciences, electronics and computing, energy, materials and structures, molecular and nano engineering, and transportation.

Build relationships with industry—now and into the future

EcoCar and students The Puget Sound region is a hub of creativity and innovation in aerospace, biotechnology, global health, clean technology, and information and communications technology. Local industry is eager to connect with our students. Through the Career Center @ Engineering, student can complete internships in their field while earning school credit and often secure jobs before graduation.

Be a part of our "Community of Innovators"

conferring at a networking event UW Engineering has a wide variety of programs to support our students. First- and second-years can live in the Engineering Living Learning Community, a residence hall that extends learning beyond the classroom. The student clubs and competitions affiliated with the College provide ample opportunity to learn from experience and connect with peers.

Get one of the best values in higher education

Block W logo We believe that finances should not be a barrier to getting a first-class education. Kiplinger's magazine rated the UW the 13th best value in higher education. Over 60% of UW undergraduate students receive financial assistance. The UW's Husky Promise guarantees that full tuition will be covered for low or lower-middle income students who are Washington residents.

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