Direct to College is a new admission process that assures incoming freshman students who are admitted into the College of Engineering that they can pursue an engineering degree at the UW. The changes take effect for the incoming freshman class of 2018.

We are in the process of updating our website to reflect the changes. For details, see:

April 2017 announcement  Direct to College FAQ

Direct Freshman Admission

Who is Eligible?

Direct Freshman Admission is a highly competitive admission process for entering first year undergraduate students.  Students admitted via Direct Freshman Admission will be coded as an Aeronautics & Astronautics major starting their first quarter at the UW and are guaranteed to be in A&A major courses once prerequisite courses have been completed.  Individuals are also encouraged to participate in departmental events and activities from day one.


In order to be automatically considered for Direct Freshman Admission, prospective applicants should indicate Aeronautics & Astronautics as their first choice major on their UW freshman application.  No additional application is required.  Things we look for in prospective applicants:

  • High school GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) at the 90th percentile or higher
  • Rigorous coursework in Math, Science and English (including Honors, Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate)
  • Demonstrated interest in Engineering (including participation and leadership in STEM related student clubs)
  • Active, involved and well-rounded individuals

Each academic year we typically only admit 10-15 students via Direct Freshman Admission.  Students not admitted via Direct Freshman Admission are encouraged to apply through Early and/or Upper Admission.


What can I do in high school to better prepare myself for Aeronautics & Astronautics?

We recommend that students take as many Math, Science and English courses as possible that are available at your high school.  If your high school offers Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in these subject areas, take advantage of these rigorous programs.  It is also helpful that students participate in engineering and/or science student clubs to demonstrate interest.

What are the benefits of being admitted via Direct Freshman Admission?

Direct Freshman Admission are Aeronautics & Astronautics majors from day one and are guaranteed to be in A&A major courses once prerequisite coursework have been completed.  Students are encouraged to participate in departmental events and activities from the very beginning.

Is it possible to be admitted to UW without being admitted via Direct Freshman Admission?

Yes, absolutely!  The UW Admissions Office initially reviews for admission to the UW.  A secondary review is then made for A&A Direct Freshman Admission.  For a student who is admitted to the UW without being admitted for A&A Direct Freshman Admission, the student is coded as Pre-Engineering, indicating they are pursuing an engineering degree.  Students are then encouraged to apply via Early and/or Upper Admission.

Do you accept Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate credits?

Yes, the UW accepts Advanced Placement (AP) scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits.  Please review the Advance Placement policies and International Baccalaureate policies.

Can I take A&A major courses my first quarter at the UW?

Typically, no.  In order for a student to be prepared for their first A&A major course, students need to take fourteen (14) different prerequisite courses.  This typically takes about two years to complete.  If a student comes in with college credits, it may be possible to take the first A&A major course earlier.

Do you have scholarships available for students?

UW scholarships are generally awarded at three different levels – university level scholarships, college level scholarships and department level scholarships.  Department level scholarships are typically awarded only to juniors and seniors in the program.

Do you have internships available for students?

We partner with the UW Career & Internship Center and the UW Career Center @ Engineering to help students look for internship opportunities available not only in the Greater Seattle area, but across the country and around the world.