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 students. It is acceptable to currently 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. In AY2018-19 and AY2019-20, approximately 50% of applicants were accepted. Recent faculty hiring has allowed the EECE program to increase the number of accepted students to 48 per year, and combined with a slight dip in enrollment has led to about 80% of applicants being accepted in AY2020-21.

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.

During the 2022 application period, the EECE program will admit 48 students into the major. A student's choice of concentration does not factor into admissions decisions. The program makes every effort to place admitted students in their first choice of concentration, but because of lab capacities and faculty expertise there are some limits. While it can vary from year-to-year, the EECE program generally has space for 12 students in the Energy concentration, and 36 students in each of the other concentrations, subject to the total program capacity of 48 students.

Students who are not admitted into the EECE program, are encouraged to get advice from the pre-major advisor about next steps. The advisor can help you 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.