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Undergraduate Admissions Application

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Essays Questions for each Major

Provided below are the personal statement prompts used for each specific engineering major. Students are encouraged to use these prompts to begin drafting their personal statements.

 

Aeronautics & Astronautics

Major: Aeronautics & Astronautics
The personal statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) should describe your interest in Aeronautics & Astronautics. Explain why you would like to study in the department, your goals while in the undergraduate program, and some ideas of what you would like to do after graduation. Our department strives to understand prospective students in a holistic manner. Please include any experiences (e.g., work, internship, research, leadership, or extracurricular activities) that will give us a better understanding of your academic interests, professional goals, and personal experiences. If your experiences have given you a unique perspective that you believe will add to our student body you may choose to include that in your statement. Similarly, if you have encountered any unusual or extenuating circumstances that have affected your education, you may wish to include that information as well.
The information you provide in your personal statement will help the A&A Undergraduate Admissions Committee learn about you. We look forward to receiving your application.

Bioengineering

Major: Bioengineering
The Department of Bioengineering uses a holistic process to review applications. The admission committee looks at quality of the overall academic record, as well as quality and content of the personal statement. Leadership and research experiences are considered, as is overcoming adversity and hardship. The personal statement should explain your interest in Bioengineering, your motivation to join our program, and your goals for the future (including but not limited to your career goals). * Briefly describe how the research in the department matches your interests. * Please describe any research, professional or engineering experiences you have had. * We are also interested in knowing about significant volunteer, service, leadership, or entrepreneurship experiences you might have. * If you have overcome serious obstacles (financial, medical, cultural, etc.) to get where you are, you may describe them in the personal statement. * You may also address any academic difficulties, such as a poor performance one quarter or a low grade in a prerequisite course, here. While we do not select based on grades alone, most competitive applicants will have a strong GPA in their prerequisite courses. The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for admission is 2.5; a solid academic foundation helps students succeed in the program. We will accept a letter of reference from your faculty research mentor or professional (job/internship) supervisor; the letter writer can send a pdf of the letter to bioeng@uw.edu. A letter of reference is optional, but may strengthen your application. While we do not limit you to one page, it is important that your personal statement be well written and concise. Be clear and specific in describing what you have done.

Bioresource Science And Engineering

Major: Bioresource Science & Engineering
Personal Statement Write a brief, 1 page personal statement that will give the Bioresource Science and Engineering departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your background. Your statement must include your reasons for choosing Bioresource Science and Engineering, and your career objectives. You may also include other factors such as personal, family, economic and educational circumstances. Honors and Activities Please include a list of school, work or community honors and activities if applicable. Please indicate your most significant contribution, the organization name (if appropriate), and dates of service/award.

Chemical Engineering

Major: Chemical Engineering
Write a brief personal statement (approx. 1 single-spaced page) that will give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your motivation and interest for joining this program. You may wish to describe your experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you as well as your future goals. You may also use the personal statement to discuss any unusual or extenuating circumstances that may contribute to a better understanding of your record. For example, if you have had to overcome significant obstacles (medical, financial, cultural or personal) to reach where you are now, you may wish to discuss these and how they have affected your education.

If you have applied previously to the department, please discuss what has changed or improved since your last application.

If you plan to complete more than one major, please provide an intellectual or career justification for the double-degree.

Formatting will be removed, so do not use special characters, italics, or other formatting. Proofread. Be concise.



Civil & Environmental Engineering

Major: Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

The purpose of the personal statement is to give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your interest in this program. Write a brief statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) telling us about your motivation for majoring in Civil Engineering, the experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that are important to you, and your future goals.

If you have faced unusual or extenuating circumstances, you may wish to discuss this in your personal statement. For example, if you have had to overcome significant obstacles (medical, financial, cultural or personal) to reach where you are now, you could describe how these challenges affected your education and impacted your academic record.

If you are requesting to apply conditionally with a missing application or enrollment requirement, please review the process for a Conditional Application and complete the request form at your earliest convenience.

Applicants who are approved to apply conditionally must address it in their personal statement when and where the outstanding course(s) will be completed.

Major: Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

The purpose of the personal statement is to give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your interest in this program. Write a brief statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) telling us about your motivation for majoring in Environmental Engineering, the experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that are important to you, and your future goals.

If you have faced unusual or extenuating circumstances, you may wish to discuss this in your personal statement. For example, if you have had to overcome significant obstacles (medical, financial, cultural or personal) to reach where you are now, you could describe how these challenges affected your education and impacted your academic record.

If you are requesting to apply conditionally with a missing application or enrollment requirement, please review the process for a Conditional Application and complete the request form at your earliest convenience.

Applicants who are approved to apply conditionally must address in the personal statement when and where the outstanding course(s) will be completed.

Computer Science & Engineering

Major: Computer Engineering

You should address the following topics in your personal statement:

REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Academic History

  • Tell us about your college career to date, describing your performance, educational path and choices.
  • Explain any situations that may have had a significant positive or negative impact on your academic progress or curricular choices.
  • Explain any educational challenges that may have affected your academic progress or curricular choices (if applicable). What were these challenges and what was the impact?
  • Transfer applicants only: What are the specific reasons you wish to leave your most recent college/university or program? Why do you want to transfer to UW?

Application tip:
Examples of educational challenges are impact of COVID-19; serious illness; disability; being the first-generation in your family to attend college; commuting, etc.

Major & Career Goals

  • Share what led you to choose to study Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
  • Tell us about your academic goals and career aspirations. How will the Allen School help you achieve your goals?
  • If you plan to pursue more than one major, tell us why both majors are important to you (if applicable).

Commitment to Community

  • Our communities often prepare us to solve problems in diverse teams and for a diverse world. Tell us about any significant communities that you are actively part of as a college student, your role in these communities, why you are involved, and the perspectives, skills, or insights that you will bring to the Allen School community or future work.

Application tip:
Your communities do not have to be at the UW/your current institution. Community might refer to your club/organization, competition group, research lab, workplace, religious group, cultural group, etc.

Please also list all activities that you are involved in in college in the employment + activities section of the application even if they are not all discussed in your essay.

OPTIONAL ELEMENTS

Significant Responsibilities

  • Describe any significant responsibilities you have while also pursuing your education. How have these experiences positively or negatively impacted you?

Application tip:
Examples of significant responsibilities are significant financial responsibilities, working while going to school, taking care of family members, etc.

Additional Comments

  • Anything else you would like us to know?

FORMAT

Content, as well as form, spelling, grammar and punctuation, will be considered. Suggested word length is 500 - 750 words.



Major: Computer Science
(Same as Computer Engineering above)

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Major: Electrical Engineering
Write a brief statement (approximately 1 page, single-spaced) describing how you learned about EE, why you would like to study in this program and how it fits within your future goals. Include any experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you. In addition, briefly address any of the following ONLY if it applies to you: -If you have overcome personal hardship or barriers that impacted your educational pathway. -If you are post-baccalaureate, why a second Bachelors degree is necessary to reach your goal. -If your intent is to pursue more than one major, please provide an intellectual or career justification for the double-degree. -If you are currently in another major, and intend to switch to EE, please discuss in the essay.

Human Centered Design & Engineering

Major: Human Centered Design & Engineering

Please provide a personal statement that will give the admissions committee an understanding of your interest in HCDE. Explain why you think HCDE is the best fit for you to pursue your future goals. You may wish to discuss how your personal experiences have prepared you to thrive and succeed in the program. We suggest using specific examples in your statement and limiting it to approximately one page, single-spaced.

Additional information about yourself or your circumstances [optional] You are not required to write anything in this section, but you may include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if: You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended Maximum length: 200 words

Drop in advising will be available 2-5 pm PST 04/08 and 10-12 am PST 04/10. During these times, you can join drop in advising via zoom at https://washington.zoom.us/j/2770653120



Industrial & Systems Engineering

Major: Industrial Engineering
Write a brief personal statement (approx. 1 page) that will give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your interest in this program. You may wish to describe your experiences (e.g., work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you. Also, you may wish to discuss any unusual circumstances that may contribute to a better understanding of your record, or any personal hardship or barriers you have faced, and explain how they affected your education.

Materials Science & Engineering

Major: Materials Science & Engineering
Please write a brief personal statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) describing your interest in Materials Science & Engineering. Everyone should explain the following:
  • How you learned about the discipline
  • Why you would like to study in the MSE program
  • What you currently see as your future professional aspirations

In addition, briefly address any of the following ONLY if applicable to you:

  • How any work, extra-curricular activities, or research-related experience has informed your decision to apply to MSE
  • How you have worked to overcome personal hardship or barriers that impacted your educational pathway
  • If you have encountered any unusual or extenuating circumstances that have affected your academic record
  • If you are post-baccalaureate, why a second Bachelor's degree is necessary to reach your goal
  • If your intent is to pursue more than one major, please provide an intellectual or career justification for the double-degree
  • If you are currently in another major, and intend to switch to MSE if admitted, please let us know



Mechanical Engineering

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Write a brief personal statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) that will give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your interest in this program. You may wish to describe your experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you. You may also use the personal statement to discuss any unusual or extenuating circumstances that may contribute to a better understanding of your record. For example, if you have overcome significant obstacles (medical, financial, cultural or personal) to reach where you are now, you may describe them in the essay.