We are pleased that you have chosen to consider UW Mechanical Engineering for your graduate studies! Choosing a graduate school is a difficult decision and a major commitment. We hold our annual Graduate Student Open House with the goal of helping you make this decision in the most informed way possible.
Our visitation day normally takes place in the first week of April. In 2021, we will not hold an in-person event and instead will hold an online open house the morning of Tuesday, March 30th and Wednesday, March 31st. The open house will be hosted on Zoom web conference and students may participate live, or watch session recordings later.
A link and schedule for the 2021 online open house will be sent to all students prior to the event. Students admitted for autumn 2021 after March 31st will be provided with session recordings.
Admitted students with questions about the 2021 online open house may contact Sara Berk, the Counseling Services Coordinator for MS programs.
In-person Visitation Day Information (no longer applicable in 2020)
The event focuses on lab tours and meeting with current graduate students and faculty. For details, see:
- Visitation Day Schedule
- Travel Reimbursement Information and Expense Recap Form
- Transportation and Hotel Information
- UW campus map
Visitation Day frequently-asked questions
Who attends Visit Day?
Students offered admission to a degree program (MS or PhD) for autumn quarter are invited to attend Visit Day.
Please note that the primary audience for Visit Day is admitted students. Students traveling to Seattle with friends or family members are asked to attend any Visit Day events independently. Unfortunately, we cannot assist in planning alternate activities or provide spaces for partners, dependents, or others.
Is an RSVP required? When do I need to submit my RSVP?
Yes, all admitted students attending Visit Day must RSVP no later than Friday, March 20, 2020. We require your RSVP so we may build you a personalized schedule and account for you in catering and facility needs.
How do I RSVP?
A link to RSVP was included in the admission offer letter sent to the email address associated with your application account.
Please contact us directly if you cannot find your RSVP link.
How do travel reimbursements work?
Students who attend Visit Day are eligible for up to $500 in reimbursement for their travel and lodging expenses.
Before making any bookings, please review travel reimbursement policies and procedures carefully (linked above). Reimbursement is available for the admitted student only; we cannot provide reimbursements to others who may be traveling with you.
How do I let you know if I have a dietary restriction or need accessibility accommodations?
You will have the chance to tell us about any allergies or dietary needs in your RSVP, as well as any accessibility details or accommodations you need. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly with any questions — we want your visit to be safe and comfortable.
Where should I stay?
The University District (UW's home neighborhood) has a large selection of accommodation options at a variety of price points and is very well-connected to other parts of Seattle by bus and rail. Some hotels nearby campus are listed on our Transportation and Hotel Information page (linked above), and students have also booked stays nearby through Airbnb or other short-term rental sites. Students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of accommodation options and price points.
Is there a dress code? Will I need a certain kind of clothes?
We do not have a specific dress code that students are expected to follow. However, as Visit Day involves many opportunities to meet with faculty, you may wish to pack business casual clothes for Friday. Saturday is spent with continuing graduate students on social activities and casual dress would be perfectly fine.
In any case, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as UW is a big campus and you will move between multiple buildings and locations.
Who can I contact with questions or updates?
At any time, you may contact Sara Berk, the Counseling Services Coordinator for MS programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO-MAP Prospective Student Days
Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3, 2020
Coinciding with our Graduate Visitation Day, Prospective Student Days is offered by Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), a program of the UW Graduate School. GO-MAP's Prospective Student days promote diversity on campus, give students several opportunities to network with graduate stuents, staff, and faculty from various departments, and share information about funding, housing, campus climate, and living in the Greater Seattle Area. While Prospective Student Day activities are geared towards minority and underrepresented students, they are open to all accepted students, especially those interested in building a more diverse UW graduate student community.