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

Transfer Students

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.

Step 1: Review and Complete Prerequisites

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) program.  Review the prerequisite coursework required in order to apply. 

If you are attending a Washington state community or technical college, utilize the UW Equivalency Guide to determine course equivalencies.  If you are attending a four-year institution or out-of-state school, please consult with the A&A Aeronautics & Astronautics undergraduate adviser if you have specific questions about course equivalencies.  Please be prepared with course descriptions and syllabi.  Unfortunately, there is no equivalency guide for four-year institutions and out-of-state schools. 

Step 2: Apply to the UW

A transfer applicant seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (BSAAE) program must also apply to the UW.  The UW transfer student application deadline for Autumn Quarter is February 15.  Please visit the UW Office of Admissions for more information and to apply.

When you apply to the UW, indicate your interest in the Aeronautics & Astronautics major.  Be sure to set up your UW NetID as soon as you receive your application acknowledgement letter from the UW Office of Admissions. You will use this UW NetID to log in to the College of Engineering Online Application.

Step 3: Apply to the Department

A transfer applicant must also complete a department application after submitting a UW application.  The A&A application deadline for Autumn Quarter is July 1.  Please review the Application Instructions page on how to apply to the department.

If you indicated an interest in the Aeronautics & Astronautics major on your UW application, typically you will not receive a UW admissions decision until after the department has made their decision.  Department decisions are typically made about 3 – 4 weeks after the deadline.


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).