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Autumn 2021 CES & EE Admissions

The Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering majors admit students once per year for autumn quarter only. There is one application form for both programs, and applicants may only apply to either CES or EE. However, admitted students can switch programs (if they meet the prerequisites for both) any time before the start of autumn quarter. 

Autumn 2021 CES & EE Application - APPLY NOW

Priority Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

The CES/EE application will remain open as long as space is still available in the program. The application may close at any time after the priority deadline once the programs reach capacity. 

When should I apply?

You are eligible to submit a CES/EE application after you've been admitted to UW Tacoma* and meet the requirements to apply to the major (see below).

If you are not a current student at UW Tacoma:

  1. Apply for admission to UW Tacoma. You do not need to have the prerequisites completed to apply to UWT.
  2. It can take several weeks to receive your UWT admissions decision, so it's best to submit your application to the university as soon as possible. 
  3. You must be admitted to UW Tacoma and obtain your UWT student ID number before you submit your CES/EE application.

*UW Seattle and UW Bothell students seeking to transfer to UW Tacoma will also need to have a transfer application on file in order to be considered for admission. If you are not admitted to UWT, you cannot be admitted to the CES/EE major, but you may hold off on accepting your offer of admission to UWT until you have your program admissions decision. 

Admissions Process & Timeline

CES and EE are capacity-constrained majors and we may not be able to offer admission to all applicants who meet the minimum requirements. Applicants must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in each prerequisite course and maintain a minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5 to qualify for admission. Strong applicants typically have grades of 3.0 and higher in prerequisite math, science, engineering and programming courses, as well as a solid cumulative GPA.

Complete applications submitted by the July 1 priority deadline are guaranteed consideration for admission. Students will be notified of admissions decisions by email. 

NEW - Conditional Admission

Most students apply to CES or EE once they’ve completed all prerequisite courses (CES Prerequisites; EE Prerequisites). However, students who meet the criteria for conditional admission may apply any time after being admitted to UWT. Conditional admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Conditional admission applicants must be on track to complete all enrollment prerequisites by the end of summer quarter and will be required to provide updated unofficial transcripts showing all prerequisite completed before they enroll.

Students who don't meet the GPA requirement for conditional admission should wait to submit an application until all prerequisites are completed. Submitted applications that don’t qualify for conditional admission will not be reviewed until all prererequisites are done.  SET advising will contact applicants who are on hold with information on how to submit final unofficial transcripts for admissions review. 

Conditional Admission - Application Requirements

Applicants with a minimum grade of 3.0 in each of the following required prerequisites may submit an application for conditional admission consideration:

  • Calculus I (TMATH 124), Calculus II (TMATH 125), Calculus III (TMATH 126)
  • Differential Equations (TMATH 307)
  • Physics I (TPHYS 121), Physics II (TPHYS 122)
  • CES applicants - Introduction to Programming (TCSS 142)
  • EE applicants - 5 credits of programming coursework (Java and C languages strongly recommended)

Conditional Admission - Enrollment Requirements

The following required prerequisites must be completed before the start of autumn quarter (minimum grade of 2.0 in each course; minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5): 

  • Matrix Algebra (TMATH 308)
  • Physics III (TPHYS 123)*
  • Electrical Circuits (TCES 215- must have AC/DC)
  • CES applicants - Object-Oriented Programming (TCSS 143)
  • EE applicants – 5 additional credits of programming coursework (Java and C languages strongly recommended)

*Students whose physics series totals 15 credits will need an additional approved lab science (either Chemistry I -TCHEM 142 or Biology I - TBIOL 120) to meet the minimum graduation requirements (18 credits) for lab-based science.

Questions? Contact a SET undergraduate advisor. 

Selection Criteria

Strong applicants typically have grades of 3.0 and higher in prerequisite math, science, engineering and programming courses, as well as a solid cumulative GPA.

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Completion of all prerequisite courses (students may be admitted conditionally with certain prerequisites in progress, but all prerequisites must be completed to enroll in the program)
  • Grades in prerequisite courses -- individually and cumulatively (competitive applicants will have earned at least a 2.5 in each prerequisite course)
  • Overall previous academic performance
  • Completion of at least 45 college-level credits

Please note the the CES/EE application does not require a personal statement at this time. Letters of recommendation are not accepted. 

New Student Registration

Students are eligible to register for their majors courses once they are admitted into the program. We reserve space for all new majors. With this in mind, you may wish to register for an alternate autumn schedule on your registration date. You will be able to update your schedule once your change of major is processed. 

CES and EE are full-time majors that operate in a cohort model, with students traveling through their junior and senior year courses together. Please see the schedule planning grids to determine what you will take each quarter.

CES Schedule Planning Grid
EE Schedule Planning Grid


Newly admitted students are eligible to apply for SET program scholarships. The application process occurs during summer quarter with an application deadline in late August.