COE Short Answer Question

Describe how you could bring a broad perspective to the engineering classroom. Factors to discuss include, but are not limited to: multi-cultural awareness, activities, or accomplishments; educational background and goals; living experiences, such as growing up in a disadvantaged or unusual environment; and special interests or talents. (Limit to 250 words)


Departmental Essays

Provided below are the personal statement prompts used for the past several engineering department application processes. Students are encouraged to use these prompts to begin drafting their personal statements.

Aeronautics & Astronautics

Please write a brief personal statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) describing your interest in Aeronautics & Astronautics. Explain why you would like to study in the department, your goals while in the undergraduate program and some ideas of what you would like to do after graduation. Please include any experiences (e.g., work, research, leadership, or extracurricular activities) that will give us a better understanding of your academic interests and professional goals. If you have encountered any unusual or extenuating circumstances that have affected your education, please briefly include this in your personal statement.

The information you provide in your personal statement will help the A&A Undergraduate Admissions Committee learn about you. We look forward to receiving your application.

Bioengineering

The personal statement should explain your interest in Bioengineering, your motivation to join our program, and your goals for the future (including but not limited to your career goals). Please include a paragraph explaining how the research in the department matches your interests. (See the department’s website for information about our research. We advise looking at individual faculty labs as well as at general research themes.)

If you have any research experience or an engineering internship, please talk about it in your statement. We will accept a letter of reference from your faculty research mentor or internship supervisor; the mentor can send a pdf of the reference letter to bioeng@uw.edu . We are also interested in knowing about significant volunteer, service, leadership, or entrepreneurship experience you might have. Please be specific but concise in describing what you have done. If you have overcome significant obstacles (financial, medical, cultural, etc.) to get where you are, you may describe them in the essay.

If you have applied previously to the department, please discuss what has changed or improved since your last application.

If you plan to complete more than one major, please provide an intellectual or career justification for the double-degree.

You may also use a portion of the statement to address any academic difficulties, such as a poor performance one quarter or a low grade in a pre-requisite course. However, if your cumulative GPA falls below the 2.5 needed to apply to Bioengineering, please address these topics through a formal petition rather than the personal statement. To inquire about the petition process, contact the Academic Counselors at bioeng@uw.edu .

While we do not limit you to one page, it is important that your essay be well written and concise. Be clear about what you want to say so that you do not digress or repeat yourself. If you have discussed something in the short essay, please do not repeat it in the personal statement.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

The purpose of the personal statement is to give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your interest in this program. Write a brief statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) telling us about your motivation for majoring in CEE, the experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that are important to you, and your future goals. If you have faced unusual or extenuating circumstances, you may wish to discuss this in your personal statement. For example, if you have had to overcome significant obstacles (medical, financial, cultural or personal) to reach where you are now, you could describe how these challenges affected your education and impacted your academic record. If you are requesting to apply conditionally with a missing prerequisite course, please review the process for conditional applications first: http://www.ce.washington.edu/prospective/undergrads/apply.html. Applicants who are approved to apply conditionally must address in the personal statement when and where the outstanding course(s) will be completed.

Chemical Engineering

Write a brief personal statement (approx. 1 single-spaced page) that will give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your motivation and interest for joining this program. You may wish to describe your experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you as well as your future goals. You may also use the personal statement to discuss any unusual or extenuating circumstances that may contribute to a better understanding of your record. For example, if you have had to overcome significant obstacles (medical, financial, cultural or personal) to reach where you are now, you may wish to discuss these and how they have affected your education.

If you have applied previously to the department, please discuss what has changed or improved since your last application.

If you plan to complete more than one major, please provide an intellectual or career justification for the double-degree.

Do not repeat content from your short answer question; we read both the essays. Formatting will be removed, so do not use special characters, italics, or other formatting. Proofread. Be concise.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Please briefly answer question #1, then provide an essay addressing the prompt (#2) below. The essay should be about one page, single-spaced.

1) Briefly list any CS experience you had prior to college (ex: AP CS; a non-AP class; a summer internship). Note: This is gathered for informational purposes; prior experience does not improve your chance of admission.

2) Essay Prompt:
Computer science and engineering requires creativity, teamwork, and strong academic ability. We value breadth of interest, leadership, and diversity. Tell us about your academic and personal interests, goals, and what you will bring to the CSE community. In addition, address any of the following topics if they apply to you:

  • If you have applied to CSE before, tell us specifically how you have improved as an applicant since your previous application.
  • If you have overcome any significant obstacles (medical, financial, personal, etc), please discuss.
  • If you will pursue more than one major, tell us why both majors are important to you.
  • If you will take more than 4 years to graduate, please briefly explain why and discuss your plan for graduating efficiently.
  • Electrical Engineering

    Write a brief statement (approximately 1 page, single-spaced) describing how you learned about EE, why you would like to study in this program and how it fits within your future goals. Include any experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you. In addition, briefly address any of the following ONLY if it applies to you:

    -If you have overcome personal hardship or barriers that impacted your educational pathway.

    -If you are post-baccalaureate, why a second Bachelor’s degree is necessary to reach your goal.

    -If your intent is to pursue more than one major, please provide an intellectual or career justification for the double-degree.

    -If you are currently in another major, and intend to switch to EE, please discuss in the essay.

    Human Centered Design & Engineering

    Please discuss what design and engineering — either positive or negative examples — have meant in your life. How do you currently contribute to some forms of design and engineering, and how do you hope to do so in your future? How will majoring in HCDE prepare you for that future? What contribution do you imagine making to the department? (We suggest limiting your response to 500-750 words.)

    Industrial & Systems Engineering

    Write a brief personal statement (approx. 1 page) that will give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your interest in this program. You may wish to describe your experiences (e.g., work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you. Also, you may wish to discuss any unusual circumstances that may contribute to a better understanding of your record, or any personal hardship or barriers you have faced, and explain how they affected your education. Do not repeat content from the short answer question; we read both essays.

    Mechanical Engineering

    Write a brief personal statement (approx. 1 page) that will give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your interest in this program. You may wish to describe your experiences (e.g. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you. Also, you may wish to discuss any unusual circumstances that may contribute to a better understanding of your record.

    Optional Supplemental Topics (may be approx. 1 additional page):
    (1) Describe any personal hardship or barriers you have faced and explain how they have affected your education.

    Materials Science & Engineering

    Please write a brief personal statement (approximately one page, single-spaced) describing your interest in Materials Science & Engineering. Everyone should explain the following:

    • How you learned about the discipline
    • Why you would like to study in the MSE program
    • What you currently see as your future professional aspirations

    In addition, briefly address any of the following ONLY if applicable to you:

    • How any work, extra-curricular activities, or research-related experience has informed your decision to apply to MSE
    • How you have worked to overcome personal hardship or barriers that impacted your educational pathway
    • If you have encountered any unusual or extenuating circumstances that have affected your academic record
    • If you are post-baccalaureate, why a second Bachelor’s degree is necessary to reach your goal
    • If your intent is to pursue more than one major, please provide an intellectual or career justification for the double-degree
    • If you are currently in another major, and intend to switch to MSE if admitted, please let us know

    Bioresource Science And Engineering

    Personal Statement Write a brief, 1 page personal statement that will give the Bioresource Science and Engineering departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your background. Your statement must include your reasons for choosing Bioresource Science and Engineering, and your career objectives. You may also include other factors such as personal, family, economic and educational circumstances. Honors and Activities Please include a list of school, work or community honors and activities if applicable. Please indicate your most significant contribution, the organization name (if appropriate), and dates of service/award.