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. For details, see:
We welcome your application! Before you apply, make sure you meet the department's minimum requirements and understand that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.
How you apply to the ME department depends on your class standing and when you were admitted to the UW, as outlined below. If you have questions about admission, contact ME undergraduate advising.
High school students – Direct to College
Freshman applicants who meet UW admissions criteria and who list an engineering department (or Engineering-undecided) as their first choice major on the UW application will automatically be considered for Direct to College admission.
Freshman students admitted via this process will enter the College of Engineering as Engineering Undeclared Students. These students will be able to place into one of the College’s engineering majors if they meet minimum progress requirements.
If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting placement into a major exceeds the department capacity for Engineering Undeclared students, a competitive matching process will be used. The department will use a holistic review process that considers grades and a personal statement to guide the matching process. If you have questions about Direct to College admission, the placement process, or advising for Engineering Undeclared Students, see the College of Engineering website.
Students admitted to UW as Engineering Undeclared starting autumn 2018
To be eligible for placement into the BSME program you should have completed all of the following requirements with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
UW sophomores - upper division admission
Students admitted to UW as pre-engineering students or a non-engineering major in 2017 or earlier complete prerequisites and apply for admission to engineering departments at the end of the first year (early admission) or at end of the second year (upper division admission).
Department application and deadline
The College of Engineering department application opens mid-June and is due July 1.
To be eligible for upper admission, you must meet the following requirements. Use the sample schedules to help plan when to take the courses required for admission.
- Cumulative UW GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Grade of 2.0 or higher in each prerequisite course
- Completed the following prerequisite courses or equivalent:
|Course number||Credits||Course title|
|MATH 124, 125, 126||15||Calculus with Analytic Geometry|
|CHEM 142, 152||10||General Chemistry with laboratory|
|PHYS 121, 122, 123 1||15||Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion, & Waves|
|English Composition||5||Course from the UW English composition list|
|AA 210||4||Engineering Statics|
|CEE 220||4||Introduction to Mechanics of Materials|
|ME 230||4||Kinematics and Dynamics|
To be eligible to apply, transfer students must meet the upper division admission requirements listed above. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the UW Equivalency Guide and the ME Course Planning Sheet to ensure all required prerequisite coursework is completed before the July 1 deadline. Advising sessions for transfer students will be offered weekly, Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. You may schedule an appointment with an ME advisor online.
Transferring in to ME involves two separate admissions processes. You must complete both by the deadlines below to be considered. The Transfer application deadlines are changing starting in 2019. Note that the deadline for the UW application is significantly earlier than for departmental applications.
Learn more about transferring into an engineering major on the College of Engineering transfer webpage.
Selection is based on various factors including overall academic track record, grades in prerequisite courses and cumulative GPA, personal statement, and the potential for success as an ME major and in the profession. We encourage prospective students to schedule an appointment with undergraduate advising to understand how to be a competitive applicant.
Visit the Admission and enrollment statistics page to view statistics for previous classes.
Notification and appeals
Students who apply by the July 1 deadline are notified of acceptance or denial by the end of July.
If you are denied admission to the ME department, and you feel important facts were overlooked by the committee, you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision. Directions for this process will be detailed in your emailed letter. The admissions committee will begin to review appeals after College of Engineering acceptance deadline in early August.