Undergraduate Admissions Guide

Combined Bachelors-Masters (BS-MS)

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers design, produce and operate devices and systems that use electric and electromagnetic energy. Electrical engineering (EE) has grown from its roots in power systems to branches in communications systems, automatic controls, signal processing, semiconductor physics, electronic circuit synthesis, optics, computer science and artificial intelligence. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering find employment in the aerospace, communications, computer, power distribution, consumer electronics, biomedical engineering and military industries. Many graduates pursue post-baccalaureate studies for advanced degrees in electrical engineering or related fields, and many apply their technical expertise to business, law and medicine. Nationally and locally, the need for electrical engineers continues to increase.

Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington

The Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET The EE Department's graduate division offers programs leading to the Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering, and Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees. Approximately 475 undergraduates and 250 graduate students are currently enrolled in the EE Department.

The University of Washington's Electrical Engineering Department is respected as the top EE department in the region, and among the top EE departments in the nation. Our undergraduates are among the best engineering students. EE graduates are hired by such companies as Boeing, Microsoft, Intel, Nintendo, Hewlett Packard, Fluke, IBM, Lockheed Martin, T-Mobile, Verizon, Puget Sound Energy, and Seattle City Light among others.

Members of our faculty include nationally-honored investigators and 21 Fellows of professional societies. Advances in multimedia systems technology, integrated circuit design and laboratory automation are credited to faculty in the department.

Undergraduates in the EE Department focus on one of fourteen major concentration areas:


If you plan to major in electrical engineering at the University of Washington, you will be enrolled in the College of Engineering and will spend your first one or two years of college as a pre-engineering major. Or you may take a pre-engineering curriculum at a community college or another four-year university. During this time you should successfully complete all prerequisite courses for entry into the EE program. In addition, you may take courses to satisfy the EE Department's requirements in the areas of Visual, Literary and Performing Arts, and Individuals and Societies.

If you are admitted to the EE Department you will spend the next two or more years completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree. The BSEE program is not intended for part-time study. Students enrolled in the program are expected to engage in full-time study. In addition, you must meet certain standards of academic performance to continue in the program.

Applying to the EE Department at the University of Washington

You must first apply for admission to the University of Washington and submit an Undergraduate Admission Application and supporting information (high school or college transcripts and SAT or ACT scores). If you are a student in a Washington State high school you may obtain these forms from your school counseling center. If you are an out-of-state or transfer student, you should contact the office of Admissions for forms and information, at:

Office of Admissions
320 Schmitz Hall, Box 355850
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Freshman Admission

Freshman admission to the Department of Electrical Engineering for Autumn 2013 will be processed in conjunction with admission to the University of Washington (UW). Students applying to the UW - who also indicate they wish to apply to the Department of Electrical Engineering - will be evaluated and admitted to the University and the Department utilizing UW and department developed criteria.

Regular Admission

UW and transfer students who have met the admissions requirements may apply for either Autumn or Spring Quarter admission. The application form can be found on-line at:

If you were previously enrolled in the Electrical Engineering Department at the U of W, and wish to reapply for admission your should consult the EE Advising Office at or (206) 543-2142.

Admission Requirements

You may apply for admission to the EE department if you have completed these required courses:

You must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in courses required for admission. Admission is for Autumn or Spring quarter. Deadlines are July 1 for Autumn admission and February 1 for Spring admission.

If you have not satisfied the minimum requirements by the application deadline your application will not be considered.

All applications are evaluated by the Department Admissions Committee. The Department regrets that because of its limited resources and facilities, it may not be able to offer admission to all applicants who meet the minimum prerequisites or conditions.

Application Procedure

The EE Department accepts new students only in Autumn and Spring Quarters. Application deadlines are July 1 for Autumn admissions and February 1 for Spring admissions. Applications and transcripts received or postmarked after these deadlines will be considered incomplete and may not be reviewed further.

As indicated above – students applying for freshman admission will follow the University of Washington procedures for admission, indicating their interest in being admitted to the Department of Electrical Engineering.

To apply, you must submit an on-line application via the links above, which includes a personal statement. Your application must include copies of all your college transcripts, even if you have already submitted them to the University's Office of Admissions.

If you are a transfer student, you must apply to the University of Washington (UW) through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 320 Schmitz Hall (you can be admitted to the University after you are accepted by the EE Department, but you must be admitted to the University before you can become an EE major). Indicate your interest in Electrical Engineering on your UW application. Submit the application to the University Admissions Office early enough to meet both University and Department deadlines. The Admissions Office recommends you allow at least four weeks before the deadline dates. In general, applications are reviewed within six to eight weeks after all materials have been received. Transcripts must include your most recent quarter or semester grades; Spring Quarter grades for Autumn admission and Autumn Quarter grades for Spring admission.


Direct any questions about these deadlines to the EE Advising Office at or (206) 543-2142.

Selection Criteria and Process

The Admissions Committee will evaluate your qualifications only on the basis of the written material you submit. Because of the large number of applicants we cannot include personal interviews in the selection process. You are encouraged to attend a EE Prospective Information Session and meet with the College of Engineering Advising staff before you file your application, to ensure that your application is complete.

The EE Department grants preferential admission to applicants who have demonstrated high academic achievement, work experience, or other accomplishments. Residents of the State of Washington may be given admission preference.

In conformance with a standing policy of the University of Washington, the EE Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. The Office of Equal Opportunities and Affirmative Action coordinates the University of Washington's efforts to comply with all laws. You can reach them at:

126 Brooklyn Building
231 Gerberding Hall
Box 351240
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-1830, V/TDD

The EE Department will notify you in writing via email of your admission status approximately one month after the deadline.

Appeals Procedure

If you are denied admission to the EE Department you should first consult with the EE Advising Office. Then you may request a review of the Admissions Committee decision by writing a letter to the Department Chairperson, 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.


The Electrical Engineering Department offers a number of full and partial scholarships each year. To apply for a scholarship you must submit a Departmental Application. The application opens during spring quarter on April 1st, and closes on May 1st.


If you would like to learn more about Electrical Engineering, we invite you to participate in one of our monthly information sessions where advisors provide information on electrical engineering as a profession, admissions, curriculum, procedures, rules and regulations. To find out dates and times, please consult our Electrical Engineering Events Calendar or contact the Advising Office by email at or by calling (206) 543-2142.

After you have attended an EE information session, you can learn more about preparing for admission by contacting the College of Engineering advisers via email at, by calling (206)543-1770 or by stopping by their offices in room 301, Loew Hall.

The Advising Office's mailing address is:

Electrical Engineering Advising
Paul Allen Center AE 100
Box 352500
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-2142


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