Future Students

Direct to College admission (DTC)

Direct to College 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:

Announcement  Direct to College FAQ

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

HCDE Admission Pathways

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

Freshman students admitted via this process will enter the College of Engineering as Engineering Undeclared Students. These students will be able to place into one of the College’s engineering majors if they meet minimum progress requirements.

If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting placement into a major exceeds the department capacity for Engineering Undeclared students, a competitive matching process will be used. The department will use a holistic review process that considers grades 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 UW as Engineering Undeclared Starting Autumn 2018

To be eligible for placement into the B.S. HCDE program you should have completed all of the following requirements with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

MATH 124, 125, and 126

CSE 142 or CSE 160

One course from STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, or IND E 315

One course from CHEM 142, PHYS 121, or BIOL 180

5 credits of English Composition

Admission to the B.S. HCDE is competitive. Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Please see our Admissions FAQ page for answers about the application and admissions process. All courses must be completed before the application deadline. The application deadline is April 5 for autumn quarter and January 15 for spring quarter. The online undergraduate application opens on the College of Engineering website two weeks before the application due date.

Successful transfer involves two separate admissions processes: application to UW as a transfer student, and a departmental application to HCDE. Students must complete both by the deadlines in order to be considered. Please see the UW Admissions page for transfer students.

Prerequisite Courses

10 credits from: MATH 120, 124, 125, 126

CSE 142 or CSE 160

One course from: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, or IND E 315

Three courses from: CHEM 142, 152, 162, PHYS 114, 115, 116, 121, 122, 123, BIOL 118, 180, 200, PSYCH 202 For SPR/AUT19 one of the three required courses can be in progress

5 credits of English Composition

Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for admission.

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.