Information for High School Students
Be Considered for CEE Direct Freshman Admission (DFA)
Direct admission is a highly selective departmental admission program for entering freshmen. Students selected for direct admission receive CEE major status upon admission to the UW and are encouraged to participate in the social and academic life of the Department from their freshman year.
To be considered for direct admission, simply indicate CEE as your choice of major on your UW application form. The CEE Department will automatically consider these applicants for direct admission. The CEE Department will notify students selected for direct freshman admission via email approximately one week after the UW Office of Admission has announced its admission decisions.
Typically, students enter the CEE Department under Upper-Division Admission, and effective sring 2013, students may apply for Early Admission after their freshman year. For more information on CEE admissions options, see admissions overview.
How to prepare for the CEE Program
- Pursue a rigorous well-rounded curriculum, with a focus on math and science. Take AP and IB courses, or the most challenging math and science courses you can.
- Educate yourself on the field of civil and/or environmental engineering, its sub-areas, and careers. Check online resources and professional associations, such as ASCE.
- Learn from professionals through job shadowing, internships or summer jobs, and informational interviews.
- Explore the CEE program by attending an information session and tour of More Hall labs, and/or meeting with a pre-engineering or CEE advisor.
- When applying to the UW, indicate CEE as your choice of major. This allows you to be automatically considered for the highly selective CEE Direct Admission program.
Scholarships for pre-engineering students are available through the College of Engineering. CEE Departmental scholarships are available for students once they have been admitted to the CEE Department. For more information, see Scholarships & Financial Aid.
Buying a Computer for College
A laptop is definitely recommended. It will not matter if it’s a PC or a Mac. Most computers today come with sufficient memory, power, and features for most academic work that the technical features may not matter as much as personal preferences (such as familiarity and personal uses) and laptop characteristics (such as weight, durability, etc.)
If you cannot afford a laptop, contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire about special funding for the purchase of a computer.