Freshman Admission

Freshman Admission

Incoming Freshmen apply to the University of Washington and spend their first one to three years as pre-engineering majors.  Students who indicate an interest in engineering on their UW application are placed into the College of Engineering and automatically assigned pre-engineering status.  During the pre-engineering quarters, students take a series of prerequisite courses preparing them for application to majors.

Several engineering departments (including ISE) admit a very small number of incoming freshman directly into the department.  Students who indicate Industrial & Systems Engineering as their intended area of study on their UW application are considered for direct admission by the ISE admissions committee.  Admission to ISE at this early stage is extremely competitive.