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Admission Requirements

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:

April 2017 announcement  Direct to College FAQ

We welcome your application! Before you apply, check that you meet the department's minimum requirements and understand that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

To learn more about the application process, please select the student type that best describes you.

Freshman applicants who meet UW admission 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 new DTC policy 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 as long as they continue to meet minimum requirements.

If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting placement into a major exceeds the department capacity for Engineering Undeclared students, a placement committee will review a students placement application. The committee will use a holistic review process that considers overall academic record, responses to short answer and personal statement prompt, as well as review applicable work or extracurricular activities.

If you have questions about Direct to College admission, the placement process, or advising of Engineering Undeclared Students, please refer to UW Admissions and the College of Engineering for additional information.

Keep in mind that UW freshman applications are due by November 15th. You must select an engineering major, or engineering-undeclared, as your first-choice major to be considered for Direct-to-College admission.

After completing required placement requirements, you will have the opportunity to request placement into one of the many UW engineering programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Learn more at:

Community college transfer students, students admitted to UW as pre-engineering students in 2017 or earlier, or students admitted to UW in any major other than Engineering Undeclared will apply to the department through “Upper Division Admission”.

Department application and deadline

The Department of Mechanical Engineering admits just once a year for enrollment in the Autumn. One application web portal will be used for all engineering department. Applications will open mid-March and the final deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on April 5th.

Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application as you prepare your application.

Autumn Quarter

Application requirements

To be eligible for Upper Division Admission, you will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade of 2.0 or higher in each application and enrollment requirement
  • Complete the following application requirements (coursework to be completed prior to April 5):
Course number Credits Course title
English Composition 5 Course from the UW English composition list
MATH 124, 125, 126 15 Calculus with Analytic Geometry
PHYS 121, 122 10 Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion
CHEM 142 5 General Chemistry with laboratory
AA 210 4 Engineering Statics

Enrollment requirements

Complete the following enrollment requirements (coursework to be completed prior to enrolling in the Autumn):

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade of 2.0 or higher in each application and enrollment requirement
  • Complete the following enrollment requirements (coursework to be completed prior to enrolling in the Autumn):
Course number Credits Course title
CHEM 152 5 General Chemistry 2 with laboratory
CEE 220 4 Mechanics of Materials
ME 230 4 Kinematics and Dynamics
1 PHYS 123 5 Waves
2 MATH 207 (or MATH 307), MATH 208 (or MATH 308) 6 Differential Equations, Matrix Algebra

Any offer of admission is contingent on completion of enrollment requirements with a grade at 2.0 or higher and maintenance of a cumulative GPA at or above a 2.5.

1 Students are strongly encouraged to complete the 3-quarter calculus based physics sequence before enrolling in a Mechanical Engineering program.

2 Although the courses are not required for admission, math beyond calculus is required for junior level ME coursework. Students are highly encouraged to complete differential equations and matrix algebra before entering into junior year.

Transfer students

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the UW Equicvalency Guide and the ME Course Planning Sheet to ensure all required coursework is completed on time. Mechanical Engineering is a capacity constrained major and admission should be viewed as competitive. Incomplete applications or students missing application prerequisites are unlike to be considered for admission. View admissions statistics.

Postbac Students

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply to the department as a post-baccalaureate. The admissions process will be the most similar to a transfer student, but you much apply first to UW as a postbac and then apply to the department through “Upper Division Admission”. Typically, completing the application and enrollment requirements requires 2 years at a community college before becoming eligible to transfer into UW Seattle. For a list of course requirements, consult the Upper Division Requirements table above.

If after reading the information above you are left with questions, please reach out the undergraduate advisers by email or by scheduling an appointment for a small group information session.