CEP Undergraduate Major
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) undergraduate major at the University of Washington. CEP is a unique major, so it is strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the program before you complete the application.
The CEP Application Form for Autumn 2017 enrollment is now open! CEP is a competitive major with rolling admissions. Students who are not admitted in the first round of applicants will be deferred to a waitlist.
Want to learn more about CEP?
Review our website and the Plumb Manual
The Plumb Manual is our guiding policy document that outlines what sets CEP apart. To name a few of our unique features: 1) We are highly collaborative and demand a lot from our students, both through independent work and group endeavors. 2) Large policy decisions are made by consensus, meaning staff and students work together to find common solutions that all endorse. 3) Each student is required to participate on a student committee that helps with the operations of the major.
Take CEP 200, "Introduction to Community, Environment, and Planning"
Offered Autumn and Winter quarters, this course introduces you to the subjects and methods central to CEP. Find out what it’s like to learn in a collaborative learning community, facilitate a group or class, and become an effective leader in your community. Open to all, but freshmen and sophomores are especially encouraged to enroll.
Take URBDP 200, "Introduction to Urbanization"
Currently offered in Spring quarter, this course is taught by a CEP Core Instructor and is a great way to learn about the city and urbanization. Although CEP is much more than a program on urban issues, the city is always present in our work, whether we are doing community projects, exploring our environmental contexts, discussing ethics and identity, or learning to become civic leaders. Plus, many students in CEP choose to minor in Urban Planning, so the city and its many themes are often present in our work and conversations.
Come to an Open House
Once or twice a quarter, CEP will host an Open House for those interested in getting to know the program.
Attend Friday Forum
This is an excellent way to observe CEP’s governance style – one that involves students in the decision-making process through student facilitation, dialogue, and a consensus process. It’s also a great way to meet current CEP students and learn more about the program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the date and location.
Build a strong application.
Because we have a small core that allows you to design your own educational path, the best way you can academically prepare yourself for this program is take courses and find activities that will help you discover what you want your studies to focus on in CEP. You don’t have to have all the answers now, but having a clear sense of what you are interested in – and why – will help you be intentional with your education and successful in the major.
Writing and speaking are integral to our program, so it’s wise to take courses that will help you with these skills. The pace is often fast in CEP so it’s also good to focus on your study skills and time management practices. And in general, learn to question and discover as much as you can about the things you are passionate about. CEP is all about bringing different ideas, interests, and practices together, so bring whatever makes you excited about learning and doing.
In CEP, we believe that learning happens not only in the classroom but also out in the “real world” through intentional experiences. Academics are great; but purposeful academics are even better! Find your purpose by volunteering or interning with a local organization; getting involved with a student organization; or through discovering a way that you can “make a difference” in your community or the world.