Future Students

This page has been updated to reflect UW Engineering's new Direct to College (DTC) admission process. The changes take effect for the incoming freshman class of 2018. For details, see:

April 2017 announcement  Direct to College FAQ

How to Apply

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The process for applying to the Civil & Environmental Engineering bachelor's programs depends on a student’s current class standing. If you are unclear about your class standing, contact an undergraduate adviser. Choose an option below to learn more about the application process. If you have more questions after reading this page, please ask a departmental adviser.

Freshman applicants who meet UW admissions criteria and who list an engineering department (or Engineering Undeclared) as their first choice major on their application will automatically be considered for Direct to College admission. More information about Direct to College admission.

Students admitted to UW as Engineering Undeclared starting Autumn 2018

Students will have an opportunity to pursue one of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering’s two bachelor degree program: The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE) and the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). The programs have different admissions instructions, detailed below:

BSEnvE admission

Launching in autumn 2017, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE) program is currently a minimum requirement admission major. This means that students may simply declare the major after completing the program prerequisites.

BSCE admission

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is by placement according to the College of Engineering’s Direct to College policy. Under the Direct to College policy, Engineering Undeclared students are placed into majors at the end of their freshman or sophomore years. The deadlines and requirements for each placement deadline are listed below. For each deadline, students must complete the following courses with grades of 2.0 or above in each course and a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA, and complete at least one quarter as a full-time UW student to request placement.

July 1 Placement for the BSCE program

The July 1 placement is designed for students who have just completed their first year at UW.

MATH 124, 125, and 126 15 credits
10 credits of the following science courses in any combination:
CHEM 142, 152, and/or Physics 121, 122
10 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits
January 15 Placement for the BSCE program

The January 15 placement is designed for students who are currently UW sophomores.

MATH 124, 125, 126, and 308 18 credits
CHEM 142 15 credits
PHYS 121, 122 10 credits
AA 210, CEE 220, and ME 230 15 credits
AMATH 301 (preferred) or CSE 142 4 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting placement into the major exceeds the department capacity for Engineering Undeclared students, a competitive matching process will be used. The department will use a holistic review process, which 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 CEE through Direct, Early and Upper Division Admission

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the UW! Whether you were admitted to the CEE Department for Autumn 2017 through Direct Freshman Admission, Early Admission, or Upper-Division Admission, you should plan to follow the academic plan of study for the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) degree program appropriate to your level in order to make timely progress toward your degree. Please contact CEE advisers if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you!

Students admitted to UW as pre-engineering students or a non-engineering major for Autumn 2017

Pre-engineering students entering the UW in Autumn 2017 will have the opportunity to apply for admissions to competitive engineering majors at the end of the first year (Early Admission) and/or at the end of the second year (Upper Division Admission). For students admitted to UW for Autumn 2017 or earlier, Upper Division Admission will be the most common path to admission. Students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) must apply for admission for autumn quarter by the July 1 deadline.

New! Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE) Degree

As of Autumn 2017, the CEE Department offers a second baccalaureate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE). This degree program is currently a minimum requirement admission major. This means that students may simply declare the major upon completion of the prerequisite courses and meet minimum grade and GPA requirements.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a two bachelor’s degree programs: The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE) and the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE).

Declaring the BSEnvE major

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE), launching in autumn 2017, is currently a minimum requirement admission major. This means that students may simply declare the major after completing the program prerequisites. We encourage students interested in the BSEnvE major to work closely with CEE advisers. To declare the BSEnvE major, please meet with a CEE adviser after completing program prerequisites.

Applying for the BSCE admission

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) program is competitive. Interested students must apply by the July 1 deadline for autumn quarter admission. Students may apply at the end for their freshman year for Early Admission, or at the end of their sophomore year for Upper Division Admission.

Early Admission is available only to UW students who have just completed their freshman year with a strong academic record. Early Admission students typically have prerequisite and cumulative GPAs around 3.5 and above. The application deadline is July 1.

The departmental application opens two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can prepare by reading the list of requirements and view the personal statement prompts

Early Admission Requirements for the BSCE Degree

At least 15 credits must be completed at the University of Washington, including the following courses or their equivalents. Students are also encouraged to meet with a CEE adviser to discuss their plans.

MATH 124, 125, and 126 15 credits
10 credits of the following science courses in any combination: 10 credits
CHEM 142, 152 and/or PHYS 121, 122; ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

Upper Division is the most common admission point to the BSCE program for students admitted to the UW as freshmen in 2017 or earlier, as well as for transfer and post baccalaureate applicants.

Beginning in autumn 2018, Upper Division will be the only admission point available to the BSCE program for UW students admitted to a major other than Engineering Undeclared. Upper-division applicants should have completed all of the program prerequisites and be on track to begin the department curriculum in the autumn quarter of their junior year. The application deadline is July 1 for autumn quarter admission.

Please note that the new Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE) program is a minimum admissions requirement at this time. Students may declare the BSEnvE major as soon as program prerequisites are completed with a 2.5 minimum grade in each class.

Departmental application

The departmental application opens two weeks before the application deadline of July 1. Even when the application is not open, you can prepare by reading the list of requirements and view the personal statement prompts.

Factors that contribute to admission decisions include overall academic performance and trend over time; prerequisite course grades; grade point averages of prerequisite courses; and personal qualities and motivations illustrated in the personal statement. Also taken into consideration are factors such as frequency of incomplete or withdrawal grades, number of repeated courses, difficulty of completed courses, work experience and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

BSCE prerequisite courses

Students must complete the following prerequisite courses or equivalents at the time of application. Students are also encouraged to contact a departmental adviser to discuss their plans. A minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA is required. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major.  If you are unable to complete the prerequisites by July 1, see instructions for submitting a Conditional Application.

MATH 124, 125, 126, and 308 18 credits
CHEM 142 5 credits
PHYS 121, 122 10 credits
AA 210, CEE 220, ME 230 12 credits
Computing: AMATH 301 (preferred) or CSE 142 4 credits
ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

The CEE Department welcomes transfer students. Each year, dozens of transfer students join the CEE Department and typically graduate within two years of transferring to UW.

The Direct to College admissions policy, which applies to entering freshmen, does not apply to transfer applicants. Transfer students normally complete the BSCE program prerequisites at their transfer institution and apply for CEE Upper Division admission. The CEE Department admits new majors once per year in autumn quarter. This means that transfer applicants must apply for autumn quarter admission, which involves two steps:

  1. Apply to the University of Washington (by February 15 for autumn quarter admission)
  2. Submit the online engineering application (by July 1 for autumn quarter admission)  -- Note: Effective autumn 2019 admission, the engineering application deadline will be April 5.

These are concurrent applications and both must be completed to be considered for admission.

Learn more about College of Engineering Transfer Student Admission and CEE Transfer Applicants.

Questions? Please contact a CEE adviser at ceadvice@uw.edu.