Future 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

Admission to the UW Engineering Departments

If you are a prospective student looking to apply to to the UW, visit the freshman admission page. If you are a transfer student, visit the transfer admission page.

Pre-engineer overview »
For pre-engineering students entering the UW in 2017 or earlier. Learn how to prepare and apply for admission.
Compare prerequisite courses for engineering majors »
See which courses are required for admission to and graduation from each engineering department.
Writing your personal statement »
Write a successful personal statement that articulates your motivation for studying engineering and highlights your achievements.
Online application form »
Ready to apply to an Engineering department? The form is here.
Admission statistics »
Find out what each department looks for in applicants, including average and minimum GPAs.

Admission pathways into engineering departments

Early admission

Early admission is an option for currently enrolled first-year pre-engineering students who entered UW through the freshman application process. Transfer students are not eligible for early admission, but Running Start students are eligible. The early admission pathway will be discontinued after the autumn 2018 admission cycle.

To apply for early admission, you must complete the early admission prerequisite courses (a subset of the upper-division requirements) for your department(s) of interest by the end of spring quarter of your first year. These courses generally consist of the full calculus series, some physical science, and English composition. Check the planning sheet to understand the requirements for your department of interest. You can apply to multiple departments as long as you have met the early admission prerequisites for each.

Not all departments offer early admission — see the chart below for more information.

Autumn 2018 early-admission cycle: application opens mid June and is due July 1.

Upper-division or “regular” admission

Upper-division admission, or regular admission, is offered by all engineering departments. You can apply for upper-division admission once you have completed the full set of prerequisites for your department(s) of interest. If you are a first-year student, you can apply for upper-division admission if you’ve completed all of the necessary coursework via Running Start or AP/IB.

You can apply to multiple majors as long as you have completed all the admission prerequisites for each departments of interest. Some departments offer this admission pathway once a year, some twice a year, see the chart below for more information.

Spring 2018 admission cycle: application opens middle of January and is due February 1

Autumn 2018 admission cycle: application opens middle of June and is due July 1

To create an intentional educational plan that keeps you on track for applying to departments, we strongly encourage you to utilize the educational planning resources.

2018 department admission calendar

Department Autumn admission
Deadline: July 1
Spring admission
Deadline: February 1
Aeronautics & Astronautics Early & upper-division None
Bioengineering Early Upper-division
Chemical Engineering Early & upper-division None
Civil Engineering Early & upper-division None
Computer Science & Engineering Upper-division Upper-division
Electrical Engineering Upper-division Upper-division
Human Centered Design & Engineering Upper-division Upper-division
Industrial & Systems Engineering Early & upper admission None
Mechanical Engineering Early & upper admission None
Materials Science & Engineering Early & upper admission None
Bioresource Science & Engineering Upper-division Upper-division