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:

April 2017 announcement  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 apply to the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (BSAAE) degree depends on your class standing and when you were admitted to the UW, as outlined below. If you have questions about admission, A&A Undergraduate Advising, at ugadvising@aa.washington.edu or (206) 616-1115.

UW 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.

Freshman students admitted via this process will enter the College of Engineering as Engineering Undeclared Students. These students will be able to place into one of the College’s engineering majors if they meet minimum progress requirements.

If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting placement into a major exceeds the department capacity for Engineering Undeclared students, a competitive matching process will be used. The department will use a holistic review process that considers grades and a personal statement to guide the matching process. If you have questions about Direct to College admission, the placement process, or advising for Engineering Undeclared Students, see the College of Engineering website.

Students admitted to UW as Engineering Undeclared (beginning Autumn 2018)

To be eligible for placement into the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering degree, Engineering Undeclared students should have completed the following courses with a grade of 2.0 or above in each course, a cumulative minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in the courses required for placement, and complete at least one quarter as a full-time UW student to request placement.

MATH 124, 125, and 126 15 credits Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II, III
PHYS 121 AND 122 10 credits Mechanics AND Electromagnetism
PHYS 123 OR CHEM 142 5 credits Waves OR General Chemistry
English Composition course 5 credits Course from the UW English composition list
TOTAL 35 credits  

When is the application deadline?

For Autumn 2018 admission, the deadline is July 1, 2018. Autumn 2018 is the last time Early Admission will occur.

Who is eligible?

Early Admission is only for currently enrolled UW students who have just completed their first year of college coursework. Students admitted via Early Admission will be coded as an Aeronautics & Astronautics major starting their second year at the UW and are guaranteed to be in A&A major courses once prerequisite courses have been completed.

Prerequisites

To be considered for Early Admission, applicants must have a minimum of 15 credits taken in residence at the UW. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in each prerequisite course and an overall cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. In order to apply, six (6) prerequisite courses must be completed:

Admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guaranteed admission into the program. Early Admission applicants must apply using the College of Engineering online application by the July 1 deadline.

FAQs

What can I do in my first year at UW to better prepare myself for Aeronautics & Astronautics?

We recommend that students make an academic plan that includes the six (6) prerequisite courses required in order to apply. Students should also plan on taking general education requirements their first year in order to have a well-rounded schedule. 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 helps student explore as well as solidify whether or not Aeronautics & Astronautics is the right program for them.

What are the benefits of being admitted via Early Admission?

Early 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.

I received college credit for the prerequisite courses listed. Am I still eligible to apply via Early Admission?

If an applicant is unable to complete at least 15 credits of the listed prerequisite courses due to earning college credits prior to entering the UW, the student may still be eligible to apply for Early Admission if they take alternate coursework. Please consult with the UW A&A undergraduate adviser if you are in this situation.

Can I take A&A major courses once accepted into the program?

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 one additional year to complete after being admitted via Early Admission.

When are the application deadlines?

For Autumn 2018 admission, the deadline is July 1, 2018. For Autumn 2019 admission and beyond, the deadline will be April 5 annually.

Who is eligible?

Upper Admission is for students who are currently enrolled at the UW and transfer students from other schools who have completed two or more years of college coursework. Students admitted via Upper Admission will be guaranteed to be in A&A major courses.

Prerequisites

To be considered for Upper Admission must have a minimum grade of 2.0 in each prerequisite course and an overall cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. In order to apply, fourteen (14) prerequisite courses must be completed:

* Please note that MATH 324 and A MATH 301 are not required to be completed in order to apply, however, at least one of these courses should be taken prior to Autumn Quarter of the Junior Year. Both these courses need to be completed by the end of Autumn Quarter of the Junior Year.

Admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guaranteed admission into the program. Upper Admission applicants must apply using the College of Engineering online application by the July 1 deadline.

FAQs

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

We recommend that students make an academic plan that includes the fourteen (14) prerequisite courses required in order to apply. 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 July 1 deadline. Can I still apply?

If a student has completed at least 11 out of the 14 prerequisite courses before the July 1 deadline and have the remaining in progress (i.e., you are taking them during Summer Quarter), a student can still apply. However, students who complete all 14 prerequisite courses before the deadline will receive priority. For transfer students in this situation, individuals will not be penalized if their school does not offer one or more of the prerequisite courses and need to take them over Summer Quarter.

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.

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. To be eligible to apply, transfer students must meet the upper admission requirements listed above. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the UW Equivalency Guide to ensure all required prerequisite coursework is completed before the A&A deadline.

Transferring to A&A involves two separate admissions applications. You must complete both by the deadlines below to be considered. The transfer application deadlines are changing starting for Autumn 2019. Note that the deadline for the UW application is significantly earlier than for departmental applications.

Learn more about transferring into an engineering major on the College of Engineering transfer webpage.

Start Quarter Application Deadlines
For Autumn 2018 1. Apply to UW. Applications due February 15.
2. Apply for A&A via upper admission. Applications due July 1.
For Autumn 2019 & Beyond 1. Apply to UW. Applications due February 15.
2. Apply for A&A via upper admission. Applications due April 5.

FAQs

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 fourteen (14) 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).