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 Direct to College as Engineering Undeclared

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.

A small number of seats may be available to students in majors other than Engineering Undeclared for admission during the July 1 placement cycle. Email bioeng@uw.edu to speak with an advisor.

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
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

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.

Upper Division is for UW sophomores who were not admitted Direct to College, including pre-engineering students admitted 2017 or earlier. 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 January 15th.

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 (recommended) 3 credits
Application Steps and Deadlines

Successful transfer involves two separate admissions processes. Students must complete an application to the UW and to the Department of Bioengineering.

The Bioengineering departmental application is due January 15th. 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.

UW Transfer Admission deadlines are available online. Students can apply for transfer to the UW prior to submitting their application to Bioengineering, or they can submit an application by December 15th for Spring admission.

We strongly encourage transfer students to contact a departmental advisor to plan a schedule that works best for them.

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