Thank you for your interest in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering! This page is for applicants who are interested in transferring from another school to the University of Washington-Seattle to major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.
Admission to the Allen School is competitive. Transfer students who are admitted to the Allen School typically will have earned nearly perfect grades in their prerequisites courses, have strong grades overall in their most recent 40 transferable quarter credits, and have written strong personal statements for the departmental application that demonstrate their interest in computer science and engineering and help us understand the skills and perspectives they would bring to our program. Priority is given to students who are coming directly from a Washington State community or technical college with about two years of coursework (90 quarter credits) and who plan to finish their prerequisites by the time they enter UW (if admitted).
The Allen School offers an information session for prospective transfers on the second Thursday of every month. Information sessions are held from 3:30PM - 4:30PM PT, until further notice all information sessions will be virtual. No RSVP needed.
Key Dates & Deadlines
Transfer applicants who want to be considered for direct admission to the Allen School need to fill-out a UW transfer application and a departmental application to the Allen School. The Allen School's departmental application for transfer admission can be accessed at - https://www.engr.washington.edu/uapp/. For additional information about submitting the departmental application, please refer to the information on this website listed under "Step 3) Submit a departmental application to the Allen School". Here are the key dates and deadlines:
UW transfer application deadline: December 15th
Allen School departmental application deadline: January 15th
Departmental admissions decisions will be sent in early February
UW transfer application deadline: February 15th
Allen School departmental application deadline: April 5th
Departmental admissions decisions will be sent in mid-May
MATH 124, 125, & 126
- CSE 142 & 143
- Five credits of English composition
- Five credits of natural science, including one of the following:
- Computer Engineering applicants: Physics 121
- Computer Science applicants: One of Biology 180 or Physics 121 or Chemistry 142
Determining Course Equivalencies
If you are attending a Washington State community or technical college, you can also use our online Equivalency Guide to determine the transferability of your coursework. If your coursework is from another college or university, you can use our online UW course catalog to determine which courses at your institution are most closely related to our prerequisites at UW. It is important to note, though, that the UW is unable to make evaluations for transfer credit until after an applicant has been admitted.
Exams for Credit
If you have completed exams for credit such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or A Level & AS Level exams, please refer to the UW Office of Admissions for information on how your credits would transfer to UW -https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/exams-for-credit/. Please note that English Language & Composition credit from the AP exam is not equivalent to the English Composition prerequisite for admission and does not meet the UW composition requirement.
Transfer applicants who want to be considered for direct admission to the Allen School need to fill-out a second departmental application to the Allen School. Please review the following instructions carefully:
A) Set-up a UW NetID (https://admit.washington.edu/uw-netid/)
For spring transfer applicants that submitted a paper transfer application to UW. Information about setting up a UW NetID will be sent to you via the email address provided in your UW transfer application by the UW Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
B) Update MyPlan (https://myplan.uw.edu/home/#/)
Complete this step if you have credit from a Washington State Community College. If you do not have credit from a Washington State Community College skip this step.
- Sign-in to MyPlan with your UW NetID
- Click “Find CTC Transfer Equivalency”
- Enter your date of birth
- Enter your CTC student ID number
- Enter the information with all community college courses you are taking during the current quarter and planning to take in the future prior to transferring to UW (if admitted). For autumn transfer applicants, please include in-progress and planned winter, spring, and summer courses. For spring applicants, please include in-progress and planned autumn and winter courses. As a reminder, applicants can have prerequisite coursework in-progress at the time of application and must have all prerequisites for admission completed prior to transferring to UW (if admitted).
- Click “Find Transfer Equivalency”
C) Complete your departmental application (https://www.engr.washington.edu/uapp/)
The Allen School's departmental application can be accessed at - https://www.engr.washington.edu/uapp/. The departmental application portal generally opens two weeks prior to the application deadline. Please make sure to review the instructions and suggestions for each section:
- List all colleges and universities that you have attended and/or are attending.
- Upload all unofficial transcripts from higher education institutions you have attended. Please do not send official transcripts to the Allen School, they are not required for the transfer departmental application.
- Please list credits and GPA as listed on your unofficial transcript for all college-level coursework completed.
Employment & Activities
- Please list all post high-school employment, research, volunteer work, extracurricular activities and clubs
- If you have been out of high school for a long time, we suggest you focus on activities you have done in the past 5 years. Do not include links to external websites, the Allen School admissions committee will not review external websites during the review process.
- Please choose either Computer Engineering or Computer Science (not both). We look at all prospective Computer Engineering and Computer Science transfer students in the same pool.
- Non-Washington State Community College Credit:
- If you have credit from a non-Washington State Community College please enter all of your courses that are from the following departments including the courses that would fulfill the Allen School's prerequisites for admission: BIOL, CHEM, CSE, CSS, EE, ENGL, ENGR, MATH, PHYS, STAT
- Please include in-progress courses and courses you plan to take in the future prior to transferring to UW (if admitted)
- Washington State Community College Credit:
- Please enter all of your courses that are from the following departments including the courses that would fulfill the Allen School's prerequisites for admission: BIOL, CHEM, CSE, CSS, EE, ENGL, ENGR, MATH, PHYS, STAT.
- Your most recent quarter will not be in the central database and imported into MyPlan so you will need to manually enter all of the courses you completed and all of the courses you plan to complete prior to transferring to UW if admitted. For autumn transfer applicants, please manually include winter, spring, and summer courses. For spring applicants, please manually include autumn and winter courses.
- As a reminder, you only need to submit pdf copies of unofficial transcripts to your departmental application. Do not send official transcripts electronically or via mail to the Allen School.
- Please use the Computer Science & Engineering prompt listed on the UW College of Engineering webpage to write your essay. Our transfer admissions rubric is based on this prompt. The Allen School transfer admissions committee does not review personal statements submitted through the UW Office of Admission's general transfer application in the admissions review process.
- If you would like to include any additional comments that are not covered by other areas of the application, please use the "Additional Comments" section at the end of the "Review" step.
- Review your application and click submit!
- We send out departmental decisions in early February for Spring applicants and mid-May for Fall applicants to the email address provided in your departmental application.
What if I Am Not Admitted to the Allen School?
Transfer students who are admitted to UW as pre-majors or to another major will need to apply to our program as a current UW student. These students are not guaranteed a spot in our program and admission is competitive. Additionally, coming to UW as a pre-major transfer student often extends the amount of time until a student can graduate. For this reason, we highly recommend that students who are not admitted directly to our program plan for another major or consider similar programs at other institutions.
Some students intending to study Computer Science or Computer Engineering may not ultimately gain admission to the Allen School, while others may discover another major that is a better for their strategies and goals. Students in other majors enjoy access to our non-majors courses, can serve as Allen School teaching assistants, and can participate in Allen School research.
Below is a sampling of other majors on the UW Seattle campus you may want to explore, based on your interest in our program. Please note that most of these majors are also competitive so it is important to reach out to them and discuss their application procedures.
- Applied & Computational Mathematical Sciences
- Electrical Engineering (particularly the embedded systems track)
- Geography (particularly the geographic information systems track)
- Human Centered Design & Engineering
Other Programs in Washington State
There are similar programs in the area which take transfer students, and we highly recommend that you apply to multiple programs if you're sure you want to study Computer Science or Computer Engineering. You should consider:
- University of Washington Bothell
- University of Washington Tacoma
- Bellevue College - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Cascadia College - Bachelors of Applied Science in Mobile Application Development
- Central Washington University
- Eastern Washington University
- Evergreen State College
- Green River College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development
- Gonzaga University
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development
- North Seattle College - Applied Bachelor’s in Application Development
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Renton Technical College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development
- Saint Martin’s University
- Seattle Pacific University
- Seattle University
- University of Puget Sound
- Walla Walla University
- Washington State University
- Washington State University @ TriCities
- Washington State University @ Vancouver
- Western Washington University
- Whitman College
- Whitworth University
- Complete list of all WA State Colleges and Universities
Please e-mail the Allen School advisers at email@example.com. If you would like to meet with an adviser, please schedule an appointment on our website by selecting the "Transfer Applicant to the Allen School" appointment type - https://uwcseappointments.as.me/ugrad. We are happy to answer your questions!