Campus Tour + Freshman Information Session

Your visit to the University of Washington will include a Guided Campus Tour, led by a UW student, and a Freshman Admission Information Session, led by an admissions counselor.

Our visit team wants you to leave campus with an understanding of the distinctive college experience the UW offers. Your ability to visit campus and learn more about the admissions process is sure to make a difference in your college search.

Overview

Who?

We welcome prospective students and their families. Most students who visit in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, but younger students are welcome, also.

What Can I Expect?

The tour takes you to the most loved and important sites in the center of campus: Drumheller Fountain, Mary Gates Hall, Red Square, Suzzallo Library, the Liberal Arts Quadrange (the Quad), and Denny Hall.

The tour does not include residence halls, athletic facilities, or the inside of classrooms.

  • If you wish to view residence halls, please sign up for a residence hall tour below.
  • If you wish to visit a classroom, please explore Sample a Class.

Demonstrated interest, as shown by attending any campus event, is not a factor in admission to the UW.

When?

Campus Tours and Freshman Information Sessions sometimes fill to capacity, especially on Mondays and Fridays. If you do not see a particular time or date on the calendar, the event is full or no event is scheduled.

If the UW is closed due to a state holiday or, rarely, inclement weather, campus visit events will not be held. 

How?

Campus visit programs are free. Registration is required. Due to capacity restrictions, we recommend that families register at least four weeks in advance.

The following days are extremely popular and therefore fill up quickly: Mondays, Fridays, state in-service days, and the days surrounding holidays or three-day weekends.

We offer the following programs for prospective freshmen and families:

Calendar Legend

  •  Campus Tour and Freshman Info Session
  •  Transfer Thursday
  •  Residential Life Tour

Where?

Most events take place in the Husky Union Building ("The HUB"), Admissions Welcome Center, Room 106. However, on days when many visitors plan to attend, we may move to a larger room in the HUB. Please consult your confirmation email.

What else can I do?

  • Sit in on a class. After you’ve registered for your tour, select a class to visit.

  • Pre-Business students. The Foster School of Business offers special information sessions. Please learn more and sign up.

  • Check out Plan Your Visit, loaded with helpful tips for where to eat and stay, how to wear for our climate, and what to do while you're here.

Group tours

Our first priority is groups of high school juniors and seniors.