Current UW Students

How do I prepare for admission to the ISE department?
During the first two years of college, take the required courses in mathematics, sciences, and other fields.  See ISE Undergraduate Admissions Prerequisites.


When should I see an advisor?
You should see an advisor in the department you are intending to major in as soon as you can in your academic career.  This will allow you to hear directly from the department about the necessary requirements or any changes that might be coming up in the near future.

During New Student Orientation you might have attended a group session for a group of like departments but it does not replace meeting with the specific departmental advisor.

What are the requirements for Early Admission?
Early admission is for freshman completing their first year in college plus specific prerequisite courses.  See complete information for Early Admission eligibility and prerequisites.


What are the advantages of applying for Early Admission?
Students get the admission process done quickly and are immediately in the department they want to pursue. 
During the second year, many new topics are introduced and students feel some of the pressure is taken off by applying for Early Admission before they start taking courses in new areas.

What is the disadvantage of applying for Early Admission?
There is not any real disadvantage to applying for Early Admission.  In some cases students will apply for Early Admission to multiple departments and not be offered their first choice.  In such cases, it is recommended that students hold off on accepting an Early Admission offer from a department that they are unsure about and encourage them to complete the second year coursework and learn more about the majors, and then apply to one that they would be happy studying.


What happens if I apply for Early Admission after my first year and don’t get in, will it have any impact on my Upper Division Admission application the following year?
Early Admission is highly competitive because we use only six courses to determine if you will be successful in completing the program.  If you apply for Early Admission and are not offered admission you can reapply the following year without any negative impact.


What if I apply for Upper Division Admission and I don’t get in, what then?
If you have been meeting with an advisor on a regular basis she will usually be straight forward with you and tell you your general chances of admission based on previous years' applicants.  It is always a good idea to have a backup plan that doesn’t include a competitive admission process.  Good choices for backup plans would be majors that require many of the same courses. 


What is the difference between a co-op program and an internship?
A co-op is usually 6 months long and requires you to be registered for 2 credits per quarter (excluding summer) through the Engineering Co-Op office to hold your place at the UW.  You are generally required to give a presentation upon your return.  Sometimes you will do 6 months on co-op and then come back to school for a quarter or more and then go back and participate in the co-op program again.  An internship can be of varying lengths, from 3 months to 1 year, and can be part-time or full time, and does not require enrolling in ENGR 321.


How do I find out more about the Co-Op program?

See the College of Engineering's Co-Op Program