Current Students

Direct to College (DTC) - in process of updating

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 take effect for the incoming freshman class of 2018.

We are in the process of updating our website to reflect the changes. For details, see:

April 2017 announcement  Direct to College FAQ

Pre-engineer Overview

Students who were admitted autumn 2017 or earlier and who indicated an interest in engineering on their UW application are designated "pre-engineering" status.

As a pre-engineering student, you spend your first one to three years taking required courses in math, chemistry, physics, English composition, and engineering fundamentals, along with some general education courses in the Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts (VLPA) and Individuals & Societies (I&S).

Once you have completed all prerequisite courses, you can apply for admission to one or more engineering programs.

Applying to more than one department? Be sure to meet with an adviser to create a course plan that will meet the prerequisites for all your chosen departments.

If you do not have pre-engineering status, you can request to have your status changed to pre-engineering in 301 Loew Hall.

Department admission process

To apply to one or more departments, submit an Engineering Department Application.

Applicants who are UW students are considered at the same time as transfer applicants. The criteria by which applicants are judged vary from department to department, but are based in part on the GPA earned in prerequisite courses.

Departmental admissions are competitive. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. For the most current information regarding competitiveness please visit Department Admission Statistics.

If you need assistance in filling out the application or have questions about the process, contact an adviser at (206) 543-1770.

2017 and 2018 application deadlines

Start quarter Application deadline Departments admitting during the quarter
Autumn July 1
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Spring February 1
Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Bioresource Science & Engineering

2019 application deadlines

Start quarter Application deadline Departments admitting during the quarter
Autumn April 5
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Spring January 15
Bioengineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Bioresource Science & Engineering