How to Apply

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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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.

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.

This is the only admission point to the BSCE and BSENVE programs for UW students admitted to a major other than Engineering Undeclared starting in autumn 2018. Applicants should have completed all prerequisite coursework and be on track to begin the department curriculum in the autumn quarter of their junior year. The 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 encouraged 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.

See separate application and enrollment requirements on the College's Prerequisites by Major page. Hint: you can filter out the other departments.

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

Transferring in to the BSCE or BSENVE programs involves two separate admissions processes. You must complete both by the deadlines below to be considered.

Application deadlines

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

If you have questions about admission to the department after reading on this page, contact CEE undergraduate advises or attend an CEE information session.