EECE Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no direct admissions into the EECE major. Students must first be accepted to Western, then declare as a pre-major to begin taking Year 1 foundation courses. Typically, freshman spend one year at WWU as a pre-major in Electrical and Computer Engineering completing the required foundational courses before they are ready to apply.  Transfer students should speak with the pre-major advisor to determine readiness to transfer and apply to the major.

The EECE program accepts major applications twice a year: at the end of spring quarter and the beginning of fall quarter. Those accepted into the EECE program begin major courses fall quarter. Transfer students who have completed the minimum requirements apply at the same time as current WWU students. Students may be enrolled in some of the required courses at the time of application. General EECE Admissions information about the application and requirements are found on the EECE Admissions Page

The acceptance rate varies from year-to-year, based on student demand. The program has recently expanded to admit more students per year, while demand has also increased. Over the four-year period from 2020 to 2023, the program admitted 91% of total applicants who applied. In 2024, the program expects to accept approximately 60 students into the major.

The committee looks at academic performance and answers to a questionnaire about experiences, motivation, and goals. While grades are very important the committee looks at each applicant as a whole and individually.

The EECE program admits approximately 60 students into the major. A student's choice of concentration does not factor into admissions decisions. Most all students are placed into their first choice of concentration, but due to lab capacities and faculty expertise, the Energy concentration is limited to 14 students. Thus, some admitted students who choose Energy as their first choice of concentration may be placed in their second choice. 

Students who are not admitted into the EECE program are encouraged to seek advice from the pre-major advisor about next steps. The advisor can help decide if reapplying makes sense. Students are also encouraged to explore other engineering degrees and/or minors offered at WWU. 

No. All applicants are reviewed and admitted according to the same standards. It is illegal to consider race or gender in any admissions or hiring decisions for any program at any public school in the State of Washington. No preference is given to anyone based on gender or race.

The EECE major is a full-time program and courses are taught during the day.  Students who are in the EECE major should plan to carry a full credit load every quarter.  Special circumstances in which a student does not attend full-time would have to be addressed with the program committee and approved on a case by case basis. 

Spring applicants will receive email notification by June 20, and Fall applicants by Sept 20.