Academics

Congratulations again on your admission to the University of Washington! While you’ve been offered admission to the UW, you were not admitted directly to computer science. Computer science majors at the UW are in high demand by applicants, which means that not all admitted students who list computer science as their first-choice major will be offered Direct to Major admission. You have many options, however.

Consider your options as a pre-sciences major 

Many different paths can lead from a single interest. Consider what attracted you to computer science in the first place. What about it appeals to you the most? Where might you find similar interests in another field of study?

With pre-sciences, 160 majors are available to you outside the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. A number of these majors prepare you to study problems and questions that involve information technology, big data, visualization, user experience, human-computer interaction, information architecture and many other areas of investigation, and they open doors to a variety of career opportunities. For example, you may want to consider applied and computational mathematical sciences, Earth and space sciences, geography, informatics, mathematics, physics, statistics, visual communications design and interaction design, or one of a growing number of data science options available from various departments.

At the UW, you’ll have the opportunity to shape your Husky Experience through undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, extracurricular opportunities and more, all with support from your academic adviser.

Start exploring majors now.

Can I still be admitted to computer science later?

There are a limited number of spaces for students not admitted directly to computer science as freshmen. Therefore, we encourage you to pursue another major at the UW, as it is unlikely that you will be admitted to computer science at a later time.

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

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