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Understanding your assigned major

Congratulations again on your admission to the University of Washington! While you’ve been offered admission to UW, you were not admitted directly to the College of Engineering. Engineering majors at the UW are in high demand by applicants, which means that not all admitted students who list engineering as their first-choice major will be offered Direct to College admission. You have been admitted to the UW as a pre-major — the most common entering pathway at the UW — and you have many options as to what you may study.

Consider your options as a pre-major

As a pre-major, you will partner with your academic adviser to explore other majors at the UW. Over 160 majors are available to you outside the College of Engineering, a number of which will prepare you to study the same problems and questions that you encounter in engineering, and they open doors to a variety of career opportunities.

At the UW, you’ll have the chance to shape your Husky Experience through undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, extracurricular opportunities and more. Start exploring majors now.

Can I still be admitted to engineering later?

We are unable to guarantee admission to the College of Engineering or to a specific engineering major at a later time. Therefore, we recommend considering alternate areas of study at the UW. However, the opportunity remains for students to apply to an engineering major through the capacity-constrained pathway once they are enrolled at the UW. Currently, the most capacity exists within chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering and materials science and engineering. If you are interested in applying to an engineering major once you are enrolled, we encourage you to connect with a departmental adviser during autumn quarter.

Learn about admission to engineering majors and how to connect with departmental advisers.

If you have any questions about next steps, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help.