Admissions

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:

Direct to College FAQ

Admissions Overview

We welcome your application! Before you apply, make sure you meet the department's minimum requirements and understand that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

How you enter the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (BSAAE) degree depends on how and when you were admitted to the UW, as outlined below. If you have questions about admission, please contact A&A Undergraduate Advising, at ugadvising@aa.washington.edu or (206) 616-1115.

Freshman applicants who meet UW admissions criteria and who list an engineering department (or Engineering-undecided) as their first choice major on their UW application will automatically be considered for Direct to College admission. Additional information is available in the Direct to College Admission FAQs.

Welcome to the UW College of Engineering! After completing required courses, you will have multiple opportunities to request placement into one of the many UW engineering programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (BSAAE). Students must meet the following requirements for placement for the A&A program:

  • Complete at least one quarter as a full-time UW student to request placement.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
  • Complete the following courses with grades of 2.0 or above in each course:

     

    MATH 124, 125, and 126 15 credits      
    PHYS 121 and 122 10 credits
    PHYS 123 or CHEM 142 5 credits
    ENGL 131 or other composition course 5 credits

The deadlines for requesting placement into the A&A major are July 1 and January 15. The July 1 deadline is designed for students who have just completed their first year at UW. The January 15 deadline is designed for students who are currently UW sophomores.

If more students request the major than we can accommodate, we use a holistic review process that considers your academic record and personal statements to determine placement. If you have advising questions as an Engineering Undeclared student, please see your assigned adviser in the College of Engineering .

The A&A department admits non-DTC students once a year in autumn quarter only. Applicants who have completed at least five quarters of equivalent college-level coursework and are on track to begin the department curriculum in the autumn quarter of their junior year are invited to apply. Admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guaranteed admission into the program.

Application deadline

April 5

Major application

The major application opens two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application website in order to prepare. Students are encouraged to meet with the A&A undergraduate adviser to discuss their academic plans.

Factors included in the admissions decision include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of the overall academic record, a demonstrated ability to take at least 12 credits per quarter, record of honors, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Admission requirements

Students must have completed at least 60 academic credits at the time of application including the required courses or equivalents listed in the table below. Students must also have a minimum grade of 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a prerequisite GPA of 2.50 or higher.

* Indicates a course that must be completed by the April 5 deadline.

+ Indicates an enrollment requirement that must be completed before Autumn Quarter.

+& Indicates an enrollment requirement (one of these courses may be taken during Autumn Quarter)

FAQs

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

We recommend that students make an academic plan that includes as many admission requirements before the department application deadline. The remaining courses can be taken in spring and/or summer quarters. Although not a prerequisite, it can also be helpful to participate in an A&A student organization or A&A research. Participating in these hands-on activities can help a student explore as well as solidify whether or not Aeronautics & Astronautics is the right program for them.

I haven’t completed all the prerequisites required before the April 5 deadline. Can I still apply?

Yes, if you have completed a minimum of eight (8) prerequisites courses before the department application deadline, you are eligible to apply if the remaining prerequisites are in-progress in spring and/or summer quarters before enrollment into the major. We typically recommend that students complete as many courses before the department application deadline to be a more competitive applicant.

Do I need to take A&A major courses once accepted into the program?

Typically, yes. The set of required A&A major courses are sequenced and must be taken in a particular order. The first quarter set of sequenced courses only begin in autumn quarter. If you would like to delay the start of your A&A major courses, you must receive written permission from the department before the quarter begins.

Many students choose to begin their engineering studies at a community college or another four-year institution and then transfer to the UW. Transferring to another school can be tricky as every school teaches their courses differently. The key to transferring successfully is to prepare and plan ahead. Transfer students typically take at least two years to complete prerequisite coursework in order to be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (BSAAE) degree.

The A&A department admits transfer students once a year in autumn quarter only. Applicants who have completed at least five quarters of equivalent college-level coursework and are on track to begin the department curriculum in the autumn quarter of their junior year are invited to apply. Admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guaranteed admission into the program.

Application deadlines

Transferring to A&A involves two separate admissions applications. You must complete both by the deadlines below to be considered. Note that the deadline for the UW application is earlier than for departmental applications. Learn more about transferring into an engineering major on the College of Engineering transfer webpage.

Autumn Quarter

Major application

The major application opens two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application website in order to prepare. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the UW Equivalency Guide and to meet with the A&A undergraduate adviser to discuss their academic plans.

Factors included in the admissions decision include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of the overall academic record, a demonstrated ability to take at least 12 credits per quarter, record of honors, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Admission requirements

Students must have completed at least 60 academic credits at the time of application including the required courses or equivalents listed in the table below. Students must also have a minimum grade of 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a prerequisite GPA of 2.50 or higher.

* Indicates a course that must be completed by the April 5 deadline.

+ Indicates an enrollment requirement that must be completed before Autumn Quarter.

+& Indicates an enrollment requirement (one of these courses may be taken during Autumn Quarter)

FAQs

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

We recommend that students make an academic plan that includes as many admission requirements before the department application deadline. The remaining courses can be taken in spring and/or summer quarters. Although not a prerequisite, it can also be helpful to participate in related engineering clubs and/or internships. Participating in these hands-on activities can help a student explore as well as solidify whether or not Aeronautics & Astronautics is the right program for them.

I haven’t completed all the prerequisites required before deadline. Can I still apply?

Yes, if you have completed a minimum of eight (8) prerequisites courses before the department application deadline, you are eligible to apply if the remaining prerequisites are in-progress in spring and/or summer quarters before enrollment into the major. We typically recommend that students complete as many courses before the department application deadline to be a more competitive applicant.

The school I currently attend does not offer one or more of the prerequisite courses. What do I do?

We understand that not all schools offer the prerequisite courses required in order to apply to the A&A program. If possible, check to see if another school close by offers the course. Another option is to take these courses at the UW during the summer quarter. Please consult with the UW A&A undergraduate adviser if you are in this situation to figure out a way for you to complete prerequisite coursework.

Do I need to complete an associate’s degree in order to apply?

No, not necessarily. Aeronautics & Astronautics is looking for the completion of the prerequisite courses for the major and not competition of an associate’s degree. However, many schools offer associate’s degree programs that fulfill requirements in order to apply.

Once I’m admitted to the UW and the department, how long will it take to complete the program?

It will take six (6) quarters or about two years to complete a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (BSAAE).

Do I need to take A&A major courses once accepted into the program?

Typically, yes. The set of required A&A major courses are sequenced and must be taken in a particular order. The first quarter set of sequenced courses only begin in autumn quarter. Any student who would like to delay the start of their A&A major courses must receive written permission from the department before the quarter begins.