There are three types of majors at the UW — open, minimum requirements and capacity-constrained. Your admission to a major at the UW depends on the major you are interested in and your application type.

Types of majors

Open majors

These majors are open to you when you’re admitted to the UW or anytime thereafter.

Majors with minimum requirements

These majors have additional admission requirements. Once you’re a UW student and meet the minimum requirements, you can be admitted without further screening.

Capacity-constrained majors

Capacity-constrained majors have additional requirements and selective screening, which may include an additional application process. Completing the minimum UW admission requirements does not guarantee admission to capacity-constrained majors. With the exception of computer science and engineering, you can apply to these majors once you are a UW student.

Freshman admission to majors

Some majors (such as computer science and engineering) are in high demand; for admission to those, you must indicate them as your first-choice major on the application to be considered for direct admission. Other majors have more capacity and can accommodate all students who request them. Understanding which majors are open, which have minimum requirements and which are capacity-constrained will help you make an informed decision about your major. Your requested first- and second-choice majors may be used as factors in your admission decision. Learn more about specific majors.

Computer science

Most students earning computer science degrees from the UW will be admitted directly to the computer science major as freshmen. You must list computer science as your first-choice major on the application to be considered for Direct to Major admission. You will not be considered if you only list computer science as your second-choice major. If you’re not admitted directly as a freshman, it’s unlikely you’ll be admitted to computer science as a UW student.

Engineering

If you’re interested in an engineering degree, select any engineering major (or engineering undeclared) as your first-choice major on your application. You’ll automatically be considered for Direct to College admission to the College of Engineering. You will not be considered for Direct to College admission if you only list engineering as your second-choice major. If admitted Direct to College, you’ll enter the UW with an “engineering undeclared” designation and have opportunities to explore all engineering disciplines before requesting placement in an engineering major. All engineering undeclared students who meet the requirements are guaranteed placement into an engineering major. If you’re not admitted directly to the College of Engineering as a freshman, it’s unlikely that you’ll be admitted to any of the engineering majors as a UW student.

Transfer admission to majors

Admission to majors for transfer students depends largely on the program to which you are applying. Some UW programs require that you enroll at the UW before applying to the major, while others require a separate application in addition to the UW application. Use the MyMajor tool to determine what your major requires.