Direct to College Admission Announcement

Direct to College is a new admission process that assures incoming freshman students who are admitted into the College of Engineering that they can pursue an engineering degree at the UW. The changes take effect for the incoming freshman class of 2018.

We are in the process of updating our website to reflect the changes. For details, see:

April 2017 announcement  Direct to College FAQ

Undergraduate admission

Types of admission

Upper-division admission
Students typically apply for upper division admission at the end of their sophomore year, after they have completed all of the upper-division admission requirements.
Early admission
Students who have completed at least one quarter at the UW and who have completed math, science, and English composition requirements for early admission may apply to the department at the end of their freshman year.
Direct freshman admission
A very small number of students are admitted directly to the department upon entering the UW. To be considered for this type of admission, all you must do is indicate mechanical engineering as your intended major on the UW application.

Most UW students intending to major in engineering enter with pre-engineering status and apply to their departments of choice at the end of their first or second years. Admission is competitive, and if you are not accepted for freshman or early admission, you can reapply the following year without any negative impact.


Apply to the UW first

If you are not currently enrolled at the UW, you need to apply to the UW before completing an engineering application. Be aware, deadlines for the UW applications are significantly earlier than for engineering.

When completing the application, please indicate your interest in the mechanical engineering major. Indicating ME as your intended major is all the action you need to take to be considered for direct freshman admission.

Complete the admission requirements

Pre-engineering students take required courses in mathematics, sciences, and other fields. These pre-engineering courses may be completed at the UW, at a community college, or at another four-year university. The sample schedules provided can help you plan when to take the courses required for admission to the department.

ME admissions requirements »

Apply to ME

As you near completion of the required early or upper division admission requirements, be sure to contact the ME undergraduate adviser for help with applying for admission to the department.

The application deadline for autumn quarter admission is July 1. All applications are submitted online through the College of Engineering. To view the online application and instructions please visit College of Engineering admissions.

For questions or concerns about admissions or for help planning your schedule, please contact the ME undergraduate adviser at or visit Undergraduate Advising.

How to apply to ME »

Peer mentors

If you are a pre-engineering student looking to learn more about life as a student in the ME Department, consider connecting with a peer mentor via the College of Engineering Mentor Program. Peer mentors are upper-division engineering students who are ready to answer your questions and talk to you about their experiences studying engineering at the UW. Note that a NetID login is required to view the list of mentors.

Find a mentor