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How to apply

Thank you for your interest in ISE! There are many pathways for admission into the College of Engineering and its departments. Use the information and pathways below to help you better understand the process and plan your application.

If you have questions about admission, contact ISE undergraduate advising at


Welcome to the University of Washington College of Engineering! As an Engineering Undeclared student, your first year will include engineering foundational coursework such as math and science, as well as UW general education courses. At the end of your freshman year, you will request placement into an engineering major. The requirements to request placement are as follows:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.50 ENGRUD GPA.
  • Complete placement requirements with grades of 2.0 or above in each course.

If you meet placement requirements, and list six majors in your placement request, you are guaranteed to be placed into one of the engineering majors. However, you may or may not be placed in your first choice major. Some majors may receive more placement requests than they can accommodate. Learn more about the placement process.

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.