This page has been updated to reflect UW Engineering's new Direct to College (DTC) admission process. The changes take effect for the incoming freshman class of 2018. For details, see:

April 2017 announcement  Direct to College FAQ

Application Instructions

Please review the Aeronautics & Astronautics admissions overview page before applying. These application instructions are only for Early Admission & Upper Admission.

UW Aeronautics & Astronautics accepts new students into the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering program once a year for Autumn Quarter only.  The department does not accept students in any other quarter.  The application is typically available in mid-June and remains open until the July 1 deadline at 5 p.m.

The department reviews applications based on various factors including individual grades in prerequisite coursework, the prerequisite GPA, the overall academic record, quality of personal statement, demonstrated interest in the discipline (via internship, work experiences, student group involvement, research, etc.) and the potential for success in the UW Aeronautics & Astronautics program and in the profession.

1) Login to the College of Engineering Online Application using your UW NetID to explore the different sections of the application.  Students may use this application to apply to multiple UW engineering departments.  Applicants are encouraged to have an alternate major option (or two) in the event they are not accepted to Aeronautics & Astronautics.

If you are a transfer student, you will need to set up your UW NetID as soon as you receive your UW application acknowledgement letter from the UW Office of Admissions.  Please remember that the UW application is due significantly sooner than for the department.

2) Make sure you have completed the prerequisite coursework for Early Admission or Upper Admission.  If you are a current UW student, this information typically auto populates into the application unless you have missing grades or have an unusual circumstance.

If you are a transfer student, you will be required to enter this information manually in the application.

3) Prepare your personal statement ahead of time.  The personal statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) should describe your interest in Aeronautics & Astronautics. Explain why you would like to study in the department, your goals while in the undergraduate program and some ideas of what you would like to do after graduation. Please include any experiences (e.g., work, research, leadership, or extracurricular activities) that will give us a better understanding of your academic interests and professional goals. If you have encountered any unusual or extenuating circumstances that have affected your education, please briefly include this in your personal statement.

Prepare your personal statement ahead of time – just add it to your application when ready.

4) Prepare your response to the short answer question ahead of time.  The short answer question (approximately 250 words) asks how you could bring a broad perspective to the engineering classroom. Factors to discuss can include, but are not limited to: multi-cultural awareness, activities, or accomplishments; educational background and goals; living experiences, such as growing up in a disadvantaged or unusual environment; and special interests or talents.

Prepare your response to short answer question ahead of time – just add it to your application when ready.

5) Make sure your have PDF copies of your unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities you have attended.  These unofficial transcripts should show grades in the most recent quarter you have attended the school (including Spring Quarter grades).  PDF friendly copies of unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the online application.

Official paper transcripts are no longer accepted as part of the online application process.


Department admissions decisions are made about 3 - 4 weeks after the application deadline.  You will be notified of the decision via the e-mail address on your department application.