|Beginning with the freshman class of 2019, the largest pathway into the computer science major at the UW will be via direct admission. The expansion of the Direct to Major program for computer science assures more freshmen at the point of admission that they can pursue computer science. Additionally, it will provide students with an improved four-year experience, beginning in the first year.
To be considered for the Direct to Major program for computer science, students must list computer science as their first-choice major on the UW application. Many applicants who list computer science as their first-choice major will be admitted to the UW but not directly admitted to computer science. While some space will remain for them, as well as those who wish to apply to computer science later in their academic careers, those opportunities will be correspondingly fewer. Therefore, students enrolling at UW without direct admission to computer science should be prepared to pursue a different major. Some students choose related majors, such as informatics, applied and computational mathematical science, geographical information systems and others. The Allen School also offers a range of courses, including upper-division courses, for non-majors that may supplement other interests.