Twenty-five percent of first-generation and low-income students who entered the UW as pre-engineers earned a degree in the field. These students didn't get the same level of high school education as peers from highly resourced schools. The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program supports students from underserved high schools after they start at the UW. And it's helping; 95 percent of STARS students have stuck with engineering through their junior year, compared with 33 percent of students from similar backgrounds who also expressed an interest in engineering when they began at the UW.
Read why Tammy Teal, B.S. CEE '18 and Ivan Cordero '19 credit the program with their successes.