If you started your engineering studies at another college or university and are looking to transfer to UW engineering, you must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application, including the required courses or equivalents listed in the table below.
You must complete the enrollment requirements by the start of spring quarter, in order to be ready for bioengineering core classes.
Application steps and deadlines
Transferring to the UW involves two separate admissions processes. Students must complete one application to the UW and one application to the Department of Bioengineering.
UW Transfer Admission details and deadlines are available online. Prospective transfer students should attend a UW Transfer Thursday session prior to applying to the UW.
Transfer students must submit an application to UW by December 15 for spring admission and submit a Bioengineering departmental application by January 15. These admitted students would join UW and Bioengineering in the spring quarter. Alternately, transfer students can apply to the UW for autumn admission by February 15 and then as an current UW student, submit an application to Bioengineering by January 15 of the following year. These students would attend UW courses in the autumn and winter quarters before joining Bioengineering in the spring.
To prepare for enrollment, we strongly encourage transfer students to contact us. The Bioengineering departmental application is due January 15. The department curriculum begins in spring quarter each year.
The departmental application will open two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can read the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts by visiting the online application website in order to prepare.
UW Bioengineering uses a holistic process to review applicants. Factors included in the admissions decision include grades, especially in prerequisite courses, the personal statement, and considerations such as difficulty of completed courses, frequency of incomplete or withdrawal grades, number of repeated courses, applicable work or research experience, an understanding of the field of bioengineering and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.
Students must have completed at least 55 academic credits at the time of application, including the following courses or equivalents. Students are encouraged to follow the department’s recommended plan of study to stay on track for admission, and to meet with an academic counselor to discuss their plans. Students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA.
||Number of credits
|MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent)
|CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent)
|PHYS 121, 122 (PHYS 122 may be in progress at the time of application)
|BIOL 180, 200 (BIOL 180 may be in progress at the time of application; BIOL 200 may be taken concurrent to BioE core)
|CHEM 223 or 237
||4 or 5 credits
|AMATH 301 or CSE 142 + BIOEN 217 or CSE 160 + BIOEN 217
||4 or 5 credits
|BIOEN 215 (preferred, not required)