Admission

Undergraduate Admissions Application

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 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). Please include a paragraph explaining how the research in the department matches your interests. (See the department’s website for information about our research. We advise looking at individual faculty labs as well as at general research themes.)

If you have any research experience or an engineering internship, please talk about it in your statement. We will accept a letter of reference from your faculty research mentor or internship supervisor; the mentor can send a pdf of the reference letter to bioeng@uw.edu . We are also interested in knowing about significant volunteer, service, leadership, or entrepreneurship experience you might have. Please be specific but concise in describing what you have done. If you have overcome significant obstacles (financial, medical, cultural, etc.) to get where you are, you may describe them in the essay.

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

You may also use a portion of the statement to address any academic difficulties, such as a poor performance one quarter or a low grade in a pre-requisite course. However, if your cumulative GPA falls below the 2.5 needed to apply to Bioengineering, please address these topics through a formal petition rather than the personal statement. To inquire about the petition process, contact the Academic Counselors at bioeng@uw.edu .

While we do not limit you to one page, it is important that your essay be well written and concise. Be clear about what you want to say so that you do not digress or repeat yourself.

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

Computer science and engineering requires a range of skills, including creativity, teamwork, and strong academic ability. We value breadth of interest, leadership, and diversity.


You should address the following topics in your personal statement.

  • Tell us about your academic and personal interests and goals.
  • Discuss how your personal experiences prepare you to solve problems in diverse teams, and for a diverse world.
  • Discuss any activities/extracurriculars you are particularly committed to (CS-related or not), why you are involved in these activities, and the skills or insights you gained that you will bring into your future work.

Optional elements (include if applicable):

  • If you have applied to CSE before, tell us specifically how you have improved as an applicant since your previous application.
  • Describe any challenges or hardships you have overcome in pursuing your education. For example: serious illness; disability; first generation in your family to attend college; significant financial hardship or responsibilities associated with balancing work, family, and school. Include how you persevered, and how the experience(s) impacted yourself or your education.
  • If you plan to pursue more than one major, tell us why both majors are important to you.
  • If you will take more than 4 years to graduate, please briefly explain why and discuss your plan for graduating efficiently.

Your personal statement should be approximately be one page, single-spaced.



Major: Computer Science

Computer science and engineering requires a range of skills, including creativity, teamwork, and strong academic ability. We value breadth of interest, leadership, and diversity.


You should address the following topics in your personal statement.

  • Tell us about your academic and personal interests and goals.
  • Discuss how your personal experiences prepare you to solve problems in diverse teams, and for a diverse world.
  • Discuss any activities/extracurriculars you are particularly committed to (CS-related or not), why you are involved in these activities, and the skills or insights you gained that you will bring into your future work.

Optional elements (include if applicable):

  • If you have applied to CSE before, tell us specifically how you have improved as an applicant since your previous application.
  • Describe any challenges or hardships you have overcome in pursuing your education. For example: serious illness; disability; first generation in your family to attend college; significant financial hardship or responsibilities associated with balancing work, family, and school. Include how you persevered, and how the experience(s) impacted yourself or your education.
  • If you plan to pursue more than one major, tell us why both majors are important to you.
  • If you will take more than 4 years to graduate, please briefly explain why and discuss your plan for graduating efficiently.

Your personal statement should be approximately be one page, single-spaced.



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 discuss what design and engineering, either positive or negative examples, have meant in your life. How do you currently contribute to some forms of design and engineering, and how do you hope to do so in your future? How will majoring in HCDE prepare you for that future? What contribution do you imagine making to the department? (We suggest limiting your response to 500-750 words.) NOTE: Drop-in advising will be available March 26-29 from 2:00-3:30pm, and April 1-5 from 9:30-10:30am, and 3:00-4:00pm.

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.