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Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students follow a variety of pathways in gaining admission to departmental programs in the College of Engineering. Details on the processes and information on prerequisite coursework are available on the individual department websites. The information below provides an overview of the admission processes.

Direct Freshman Admission: All engineering departments enroll a small number of high achieving students directly from high school, prior to completion of University-level prerequisites. Freshman applicants who have been accepted to the UW and who have specified a department with a direct admission program as their preferred major are automatically considered. Consult individual department listings for more information on Direct Freshman Admission. Direct Freshman Admission is for autumn quarter only. All students not admitted directly to an engineering department are admitted to the College of Engineering with pre-engineering status. To retain pre-engineering status, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in prerequisite courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering fundamentals, English composition, and technical writing; maintain a minimum quarterly GPA of 2.00; and complete a minimum of 25 credits of the prerequisite and other specified courses per academic year.

Early Admission: Most engineering departmental programs offer an Early Admission option at the end of the freshman year. In general, Early Admission application requirements include one year of calculus, English composition, and 10 to 20 credits of required chemistry or physics. Early Admission is for autumn quarter only.

Standard Admission: The standard admission processes vary but generally occur for spring of the sophomore year or for fall of the junior year; Typical application requirements include one year of calculus, differential equations or linear algebra, one or two quarters of general chemistry, two to three quarters of physics, English composition, and several engineering fundamentals courses. Student Academic Services or the individual department or program has a list of specific entrance requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

There are no unique engineering departmental entrance requirements for foreign students beyond the requirements established for general admission to the University of Washington.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

There are no unique engineering departmental entrance requirements for non-resident students.

Residency Requirements

To graduate with a baccalaureate degree from the UW, a student must complete at least 45 credits in residence at the UW and at least 45 of the last 60 credits completed must be in residence.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

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Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 576
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 69