Information regarding UW College of Engineering Direct to College (DTC) admission

DTC 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:

College of Engineering Announcement
Direct to College FAQ

The process for applying to the B.S. in Bioengineering program depends on a student’s current class standing. If you are unclear about your class standing, contact the undergraduate adviser. Choose an option below to learn more about the application process. If you have more questions after reading on this page, please contact an Academic Counselor.

Information Sessions

Prospective students are highly encouraged to attend an information session or make an appointment with an academic advisor. Learn more about the ways you can connect with Bioengineering advising.

Admission Pathways

Freshman applicants who meet UW admissions criteria and who list an engineering department (or Engineering-undecided) as their first choice major on their application will automatically be considered for Direct to College admission. See the UW College of Engineering website for more information about Direct to College admission.

Students admitted to UW as Engineering Undeclared starting Autumn 2018

Welcome to the College of Engineering at UW! The deadlines and requirements for each placement deadline are listed below. For each deadline, students must complete the following courses with grades of 2.0 or above in each course and a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA, and complete at least one quarter as a full-time UW student to request placement.

July 1 Placement

The July 1 placement is designed for students who have just completed their first year at UW.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (preferred, not required) 3 credits
January 15 Placement

The Jan 15 placement is designed for students who are currently UW sophomores.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
PHYS 121, 122 10 credits
BIOL 180, 200 (BIOL 180 may be in progress at the time of application) 10 credits
CHEM 223 or 237 4 credits
AMATH 301 or CSE 142/160 + BIOEN 498 (MatLab fundamentals) 4 or 5 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (preferred, not required) 3 credits

If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting placement into the major exceeds the department capacity for Engineering Undeclared students, a matching process will be used. The department will use a holistic review process which considers grades, research, internship, or other demonstrated commitment to BioE, and a personal statement to guide the matching process. If you have questions about Direct to College admission, the placement process, or advising for Engineering Undeclared Students, see the College of Engineering website.

Students admitted to BioE through Direct Freshman Admission

Students admitted through Direct Freshman Admission or Early Admission are expected to follow the department’s recommended plan of study and be prepared to start the BioE Core Curriculum (BIOEN 315, 316, 317) spring quarter of the sophomore year. Questions? Contact an academic counselor.

Students admitted to UW as pre-engineering students or to a non-engineering major for Autumn 2017

Pre-engineering students entering in Autumn 2017 will complete prerequisites and have the opportunity to apply for competitive admission to engineering departments at the end of the first year (early admission) and during the middle or end of the second year (upper division admission).

Early admission is available to those UW students who have completed their freshman year with excellent academic records, and demonstrate commitment to BioE through research or an internship. While BIOEN 215: Introduction to Bioengineering Problem Solving is not required for admission, students are strongly encouraged to take this course before applying. The application deadline is July 1.

Departmental Application 

The departmental application will open two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you prepare to apply by reading the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts.

Early Admission Requirements

Early admission is the most common admission point to the B.S. BioE program for UW students admitted as freshmen. This admission cycle will be open to engineering undeclared students starting in Summer 2019.

At least 15 credits at the University of Washington, including the following courses or their equivalents. Students are also encouraged to meet with a departmental advisor to discuss their plans.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (preferred, not required) 3 credits

Upper Division is the only admission point to the B.S. BioE program for UW students admitted to a major other than engineering undeclared starting in autumn 2018, and for transfer students. Upper-division applicants have completed at least four quarters of equivalent college-level coursework and are on track to begin the department curriculum in the spring quarter of their sophomore year. The application deadline is February 1.

Departmental Application

The departmental application will open two weeks before the application deadline. Even when the application is not open, you can prepare to apply by reading the list of requirements and see the personal statement prompts

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 experience and maturity of attitude, research experience, and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Prerequisite Courses

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 a departmental advisor to discuss their plans. Students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
PHYS 121, 122 10 credits
BIOL 180, 200 (BIOL 180 may be in progress at the time of application) 10 credits
CHEM 223 or 237 4 or 5 credits
AMATH 301 or CSE 142/160 + BIOEN 498 (MatLab fundamentals) 4 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (preferred, not required) 3 credits
Application Steps and Deadlines

Successful transfer involves two separate admissions processes. Students must complete both by the stated deadlines in order to be considered. The Transfer application deadlines are changing starting in 2019.

Start quarter Application Deadline
Through 2018
  1. Apply to UW by December 15
  2. Apply for Bioengineering Upper Division admission by February 1
Starting 2019
  1. Apply to UW by December 15
  2. Apply for Bioengineering Upper Division admission by January 15
Departmental Application

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.

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.

Prerequisite Courses

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 a departmental advisor to discuss their plans. Students must have a minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a minimum 2.50 GPA. Historically, a substantially higher GPA in these categories is required for admission to the major.

Prerequisite course Number of credits
MATH 124, 125, and 126 (or Honors equivalent) 15 credits
CHEM 142, 152, 162 (or Honors/Accelerated equivalent) 15 credits
PHYS 121, 122 10 credits
BIOL 180, 200 (BIOL 180 may be in progress at the time of application) 10 credits
CHEM 223 or 237 4 or 5 credits
AMATH 301 or CSE 142/160 + BIOEN 498 (MatLab fundamentals) 4 credits
English composition 5 credits
BIOEN 215 (preferred, not required) 3 credits

How to Apply

UW Bioengineering uses a web-based application for Early and Upper Admission.

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline. Materials emailed, mailed, or delivered after that deadline will not be accepted.

The application consists of the following:

Students are required to upload electronic copies of unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended. If a student has prerequisite courses in progress, he/she should provide quarter’s registration.
Prompts for the short-essay question and personal statement are available on the College of Engineering Application Website. The BioE Admissions Committee reviews these statements for evidence of informed interest in the field of Biomedical Engineering, motivation to persist in the degree, leadership and service, and will also consider extenuating circumstances and hardship that may have impacted a student’s performance.
Students who have participated in research or an engineering internship as a high school student or undergraduate are encouraged to request a letter of recommendation from their research or internship supervisors.

Any other kind of recommendation letter will not be accepted.

The supervisor should email the letter of reference (PDF preferred) directly to the Academic Counselor.

UW Bioengineering requires that undergraduates have least a 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply to the department. However, a student’s individual circumstances may warrant a petition for special consideration. The Academic Counselor can help the student decide whether a petition is worthwhile and provide advice regarding how to write the petition.

Students who have not completed some prerequisite courses, or who have certain prerequisites in progress need to submit a petition for special consideration. The petition should address why the course(s) could not be completed in time for application and any additional background the student has in the particular subject area. Address the letter to the Chair of the Bioengineering Undergraduate Admissions Committee, but send it via email to the Academic Counselor.