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Engineering Program

Where Imagination Meets Science

The Shapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research at Columbia University
The Shapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research at Columbia University

Many students come to Washington College who are interested in engineering. We provide several avenues for these students that combine a rigorous education in a student-focused, liberal arts setting with the opportunity to finish their degrees at a top-rated engineering school. Washington College faculty in physics, mathematics, and computer science advise students in these programs to ensure they complete, in the proper sequence, all of the Washington College courses required for admission by these universities.

Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Washington College is a liberal arts affiliate of the Columbia University Combined Plan in Engineering. In this program, students complete three or four years at Washington College and then two years at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in New York. Students from Washington College receive priority in admissions review at Columbia University, provided they meet Columbia’s admission requirements. Upon completion of the program, students earn a B.S. degree in their major at Washington College and a B.S. degree from Columbia in one of the engineering disciplines.

Complete details for the program can be found here: Columbia University Engineering Combined Plan

Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Washington University's McKelvey School of Engineering

Washington College is a liberal arts affiliate institution for Washington University's engineering dual-degree program. This program has three pathways open to students. Summaries of these pathways are below, but full details can be found here: Washington University Engineering Partnership

  • Undergraduate Dual Degree Program - In this program, students complete three or four years at Washington College and then two years at The McKelvey School of Engineering. Students from Washington College are guaranteed admission to Washington University, provided they meet WashU’s admission requirements. Upon completion of the program, students earn a B.S. degree in their major at Washington College and a B.S. degree from Washington University in one of the engineering disciplines.
  • Undergraduate + Graduate Triple Degrees (3-year option) -  After completing three years at an affiliated school, students enroll directly into both an engineering master's program and an undergraduate engineering program at WashU. In addition to their Washington College B.S. degree, students earn both B.S. and master's engineering degrees from WashU and are classified as graduate students for all three years while there. Students from Washington College are guaranteed admission to Washington University, provided they meet WashU’s admission requirements. 
  • Direct Admission Into a Master's Program (Not Dual Degree) - After completing a non-engineering undergraduate degree from an affiliated school, qualified students may enroll directly into an engineering master's program at WashU (no undergraduate engineering degree is earned). For more information about applying directly to a graduate program, please visit Graduate Admissions or email engineeringgradadmissions@wustl.edu

A Washington College degree can lead to graduate studies in Engineering

While the dual-degree partnerships with Columbia and Washington Universities are popular with students, some pre-engineering students elect to complete their four years at Washington College and apply competitively to engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs, including Columbia University, Washington University, and other nationally-ranked engineering graduate schools. Additionally, science degrees from Washington College alone may provide you with the necessary background to pursue engineering-related careers. Washington College faculty are here to guide you through your education as you work toward your ultimate goals.