SEEEDS Program - Early Enrichment in Engineering for Dean's Scholars

SEEDS 2020 will be held online

For the health and safety of participants, SEEEDS 2020 will be held online. The time commitment has been reduced as noted below. Some SEEEDS activities will be held during the autumn quarter in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

SEEEDS Students 2019

Program duration: August 23 - September 18, 2020
Time commitment: Monday - Friday | 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with occasional weekend and evening activities
Priority application deadline: April 24, 2020 
Program cost: FREE

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What is SEEEDS?

Open to select students, the program welcomes students to live in on campus, attend classes in Loew Hall, and eat at student dining locations on the Seattle campus. SEEEDS students gain an academic edge needed for success in UW Engineering and the opportunity to learn from faculty, students and staff. Plus, by arriving on campus before move-in day, students get a head start on learning to navigate the campus! Through the Summer Early Enrichment in Engineering for Dean's Scholars (SEEEDS), experience:

  • A multi-week transition program for new Direct to College Students
  • An opportunity to experience the UW prior to the start of the autumn quarter
  • A chance to engage with College of Engineering students, faculty and staff
  • A gateway to academic success


This program is for new Direct to College admits for Autumn 2020. Please note: Direct to computer science admits and STARS students are not eligible to participate in SEEEDS as they will have their own transition programs.


  • Get a head start on how to navigate the UW and the greater Seattle area
  • Sharpen your math and chemistry skills
  • Earn 3 diversity credits through ENGR 201
  • Establish a support network with peers and professionals
  • Develop skills to compete for selective programs and scholarships

Program Activities

  • Take math, chemistry and academic success skill courses to prepare for the rigor of University-level course work
  • Attend engaging, informative sessions by the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, the UW Instructional Center, the Center for Learning & Undergraduate Enrichment, and others who can help you adjust to the UW
  • Apply engineering principles in UW maker spaces or departmental labs
  • Challenge yourself with team building activities
  • Tour local companies seeking to diversify their engineering workforce
  • Interact with other diversity transition programs

SEEEDS Program 2019

Hear from 2019 SEEEDS Alumni


"It was a great opportunity to learn basic concepts in chemistry before the classes start. It taught me what to expect in terms of quality and speed. It was very helpful."

"It was a great opportunity to get a glimpse into what college math level was like, and to have the time to change my courses accordingly."

"Overall, SEEEDS was a great experience because I got to develop a small community before fall classes started. Developing a community of people in such a large campus is extremely important, and that is one of my biggest takeaways from SEEEDS. I know what my resources are now, and I know what I need to do to be successful in engineering at UW."

"SEEEDS is a great way to jump start your academic career at UW, and I highly recommend that new students take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Join SEEEDS!"