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

hands holding experiment

We welcome your application! 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 any engineering department (or Engineering-undecided) as their first choice major on their application will automatically be considered for Direct to College admission. Students offered Direct to College (DTC) will be admitted to the UW and enter the College of Engineering as an Engineering Undeclared (ENGRUD) student.  Students admitted under the DTC program will be guaranteed admission to an engineering major. 

Welcome to the College of Engineering at UW! After completing required courses, you will have multiple chances to request placement into one of the many UW engineering programs, including those offered by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering: the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEnvE).

The BSCE and BSENVE programs have different admissions requirements for placement, as follows:

  • Complete at least one quarter as a full-time UW student to request placement.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
  • Complete the following courses with grades of 2.0 or above in each course:

The deadlines for requesting placement into the majors are July 1 and January 15.
The July 1 placement is designed for students who have just completed their first year at UW
The January 15 placement is designed for students who are currently UW sophomores.

All engineering departments require MATH 124, 125, 126 and English composition. Additional course requirements are:

BS Civil Engineering (BSCE) PHYS 121 and two additional courses from: CHEM 142, 152, and PHYS 122 15 credits
BS Environmental Engineering (BSENVE) Three courses from CHEM 142, 152, 162, PHYS 121, 122, and 123 15 credits

If more students request the major than we can accommodate, we use a holistic review process that considers grades and personal statements to determine placement. If you have questions about Direct to College admission, the placement process, or advising for Engineering Undeclared Students, see the College of Engineering website.

The CEE department admits UW non-DTC "Interest Changers" once a year, in autumn quarter only.  Engineering application deadline is April 5.  

Major application

The major application opens two weeks before the application deadline. 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 website in order to prepare.

Application requirements

You must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application including the required courses or equivalents listed in the table below. You are invited to meet with the CEE undergraduate advisers to discuss your plans. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions.

Apply to the department

  • Cumulative UW GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade of 2.0 or higher in each required course
  • See separate application and enrollment requirements on the College's Prerequisites by Major page. Hint: you can filter out the other departments.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) admits students once a year in autumn quarter only. Students may puruse the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) or the Environmental Engineering (BSENVE) program.

IMPORTANT:  There are two separate admissions applications for transfer students seeking to enter the BSCE or BSENVE programs. You must submit the UW admissions application and the engineering application by the deadlines below to be considered for admission. 

Application deadlines for Transfer Students:

  1. Apply to UW mid-December to February 15.
  2. Apply for CEE admission by April 5.

Engineering application

The online engineering application opens two weeks before the April 4th application deadline. 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 website in order to prepare. 

Washington state community and technical college transfer students, consult the UW Course Equivalency Guide. Questions? Contact the CEE academic advisers to plan for transfer. 

Application requirements

You must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application including the required courses or equivalents listed in the table below. Note that admission is competitive and satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions.

Apply to the department

  • Cumulative UW GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade of 2.0 or higher in each required course
  • See separate application and enrollment requirements on the College's Prerequisites by Major page. Hint: you can filter out the other departments.

If you have questions about admission to the department after reading on this page, contact CEE undergraduate advises or attend an CEE information session. We encourage you to attend a Transfer Thursday session to prepare for transfer. You are invited to schedule a meeting with us when you are on campus for Transfer Thursday.