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

Early Admission

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.  Individuals are also encouraged to participate in departmental events and activities from day one.


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.


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.