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Undergraduate application requirements & procedures

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

How you apply to the ISE department depends on your class standing and when you were admitted to the UW, as outlined below. If you have questions about admission, contact ISE undergraduate advising at



Selection criteria

Selection is based on various factors including overall academic track record, grades in prerequisite courses and cumulative GPA, personal statement, and the potential for success as an ISE major and in the profession. We encourage prospective students to speak with the undergraduate adviser to understand how to be a competitive applicant.


Students will be notified of acceptance or denial in early May.

Direct to College admission assures incoming freshman students who are admitted into the College of Engineering that they can pursue an engineering degree at the UW. The changes took effect starting with the 2018 incoming freshman class.

Direct to College FAQ