Future Students

Admission Requirements

The process of applying to the Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) depends on a student's entry point to the University of Washington. Choose an option below to learn more about the different pathways for entering the major. If you have questions about admission after reviewing this page, please contact the HCDE undergraduate advisor

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

Welcome to the College of Engineering at UW! After completing required courses, you will have multiple opportunities to request placement into one of the many UW engineering programs, including Human Centered Design & Engineering. Students must meet the following requirements to request placement into the HCDE program:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Complete at least one quarter as a full-time UW student
  • Complete the following courses with grades of 2.0 or above in each course
     
MATH 124, 125, and 126
CSE 142 or CSE 160
One course from: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, IND E 315
One course from: CHEM 142, PHYS 121, BIOL 180
5 credits English Composition

The deadlines for requesting placement are July 1 and January 15. The July 1 deadline is designed for students who have just completed their first year at UW. The January 15 deadline is designed for students who are currently UW sophomores.

If more students request the major than we can accommodate, we use a holistic review process that considers your academic record and personal statements to determine placement. If you have questions about Direct to College admission, the placement process, or advising for Engineering Undeclared Students, see the College of Engineering website. If you have advising questions as an Engineering Undeclared student, please see your assigned adviser in the College of Engineering .

Application Deadlines

The HCDE department admits non-DTC students twice a year, for autumn and spring quarters. The application deadlines are April 5 for autumn quarter and January 15 for spring quarter.

Major Application

The major application opens 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.

HCDE is committed to a holistic review of each eligible application, taking the following into account: completion of prerequisites; competitive grades and grade trends from quarter to quarter; additional coursework showing progression to graduate with HCDE and/or coursework related to HCDE concepts; articulation and breadth of personal statement thoroughly addressing the prompt; and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant. Involvement in extracurriculars including research, internships, employment or volunteer experience is helpful but not required for admission to HCDE.

Application Requirements

Students must have the following prerequisites completed at the time of the application deadline. Students are encouraged to meet with a adviser to discuss their plans.

Admission is competitive. As a capacity-constrained program, we are unable to admit all qualified students at this time. 

Minimum Requirements: To apply, students must have a minimum 2.50 average GPA in the following prerequisite courses.
In Reality: Historically, the students admitted to the major have had substantially higher GPAs in these categories.
Recently: For the most recent admission cycle, admitted students had an average GPA of 3.48 in prerequisite coursework.

10 credits from: MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126
CSE 142 or CSE 160
One course from: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, IND E 315
Three courses from: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 162, PHYS 114/121, PHYS 115/122, PHYS 116/123, BIOL 118, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, PSYCH 202
5 credits English Composition

Apply to the Department

Application Steps and Deadlines

Successful transfer involves two separate admissions processes. Students must complete both by the stated deadlines in order to be considered. Note that the deadline for the UW application is earlier than for departmental applications. Learn more about transferring into an engineering major on the College of Engineering transfer webpage.

Autumn Quarter

  1. Apply to UW by February 15
  2. Apply to HCDE by April 5

Spring Quarter

  1. Apply to UW by December 15.
  2. Apply to HCDE by January 15.

Major Application

The major application opens 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.

HCDE is committed to a holistic review of each eligible application, taking the following into account: completion of prerequisites; competitive grades and grade trends from quarter to quarter; additional coursework showing progression to graduate with HCDE and/or coursework related to HCDE concepts; articulation and breadth of personal statement thoroughly addressing the prompt; and special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant. Involvement in extracurriculars including research, internships, employment or volunteer experience is helpful but not required for admission to HCDE.

Application Requirements

Students must have the following prerequisites complete at the time of the application deadline. Students are encouraged to meet with a adviser to discuss their plans.

Admission is competitive. As a capacity-constrained program, we are unable to admit all qualified students at this time. 

Minimum Requirements: To apply, students must have a minimum 2.50 average GPA in the following prerequisite courses.
In Reality: Historically, the students admitted to the major have had substantially higher GPAs in these categories.
Recently: For the most recent admission cycle, admitted students had an average GPA of 3.48 in prerequisite coursework.

 
10 credits from: MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126
CSE 142 or CSE 160
One course from: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, IND E 315
Three courses from: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 162, PHYS 114/121, PHYS 115/122, PHYS 116/123, BIOL 118, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, PSYCH 202
5 credits English Composition

Appeals Procedure

If you are denied admission to the HCDE department, you should first consult with the HCDE undergraduate advisor. Then you may request a review of the Admissions Committee decision by writing a letter to the Department Chair (hcdechr@uw.edu), citing your reasons for appeal. You must submit this letter within two weeks after the letter of denial is postmarked. The only legitimate basis for appeal is an error in the data considered by the Admissions Committee. If you were denied admission because you submitted incomplete or inaccurate records, your appeal will not be considered. A Departmental Appeals Committee will consider appeals and respond promptly.