How to apply

Autumn applicants, follow this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to submit a complete application for admission.

  1. Create your Coalition Account
  2. Add UW to your College List
  3. Opt-in to sharing contact information 
  4. Complete the Coalition Profile
  5. Complete the UW questions
  6. Pay the application fee
  7. Send test scores
  8. Send transcripts?
  9. Apply now

1. Create your Coalition Account

The University of Washington is a one of 133 public and private universities across the U.S. that comprise the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a college planning and application platform.

2. Add UW to your College List 

Screenshot of Coalition

3. Opt-in to sharing your contact information with UW

Be sure to opt-in to sharing your contact information with the UW. This will allow us to notify you with any updates and help you complete the application before the deadline.

4. Complete the Coalition Profile (80% of the application)

The Coalition Profile is always open! You can complete your profile at any time, even before the UW application opens.

Required Sections

Once you've created your Coalition account, you'll see sections to complete like the screen shot below. The UW admission application requires the following Coalition Profile sections:

Personal Information, Contact Information, Citizenship Information, Family Information, High School Information, 9th-11th Grade coursework, 12th Grade Coursework, College Information, College Coursework, SAT/ACT, Subject Tests, English Proficiency, Financial Aid, Honors & Distinctions, Extracurricular Activities

English Proficiency

The English Proficiency section is only required for international applicants. U.S. applicants do not have to complete this section.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid section is only required for U.S. applicants. International applicants do not have to complete this section.

Coursework

The Coalition application requires you to report the course work you've completed in high school.

See our special instructions for the self-reported coursework section if your high school coursework falls into one of the following categories:

5. Complete the UW Questions (20% of the application)

The UW questions are required in addition to the Coalition Profile and can be accessed by returning to your college list and clicking the "start application" button. These additional questions include two essays, demographic information, and your intended major. If you plan to apply to the Honors Program, you'll find the Honors application here, which is required in order to be considered for freshman admission to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. Learn more about the essays

6. Pay the application fee

U.S. freshman students

The application fee is nonrefundable, and must be submitted each time you apply for admission. It cannot be transferred to another quarter, campus of the UW, or to another student. Application fee waivers available.

  • Summer/Autumn 2018 application fee: $80
Learn more about the U.S. application fee

International freshman students

The application fee is nonrefundable, and must be submitted each time you apply for admission. It cannot be transferred to another quarter, campus of the UW, or to another student.

  • Winter/Spring: international freshman applications not accepted
  • Summer/Autumn 2018 application fee: 90 USD
Learn more about the international application fee

7. Send test scores

U.S. freshman students — SAT/ACT

Scores from SAT or ACT are required for admission and must be sent directly from the testing agency. The UW accepts the SAT and ACT equally. There is absolutely no advantage in submitting one test over the other. The test score deadline is December 31, 2017.

Learn more about SAT/ACT scores

International freshman students — English proficiency

International students must submit English proficiency test scores that meet the minimum requirement for admission at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.

The SAT and ACT exams are not required for international students, but we recommend applicants interested in an Engineering or other STEM-related major (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to submit SAT or ACT math scores.

Learn more about English proficiency

8. Send transcripts?

U.S. high schools and international/American schools outside the U.S.

Do not send high school or college transcripts until you receive a request from the Office of Admissions. The Coalition Profile asks you to provide a detailed account of your academic coursework, and that's all we need to review your application. However, if you have attended a school outside of the U.S. that follows a national compulsory/local curriculum, you are required to upload an unofficial scanned copy of the transcript(s) for grade levels 9 and higher. 

Schools outside the U.S. that follow a national/local curriculum

If you have attended a school outside of the U.S. that follows the local or national cumpolsory curriculum, you are required to upload an unofficial scanned copy of the transcript(s) or exam certificates for grade levels 9 and higher. 

Learn more about submitting transcripts

9. Apply now

The freshman application for autumn/summer 2018 closed on Nov 15.

Go to Coalition account

The University does not consider the following in the review of applicants:

  • No interviews/demonstrated interest

The UW does not conduct formal interviews or consider demonstrated interest in the admission decision.

  • No letters of recommendation

We ask you not to send letters of recommendation or other supplemental materials such as drawings, CDs, DVDs, books, or other portfolio type items. We will learn everything we need to know about you through your essay responses and Coalition Profile, so it is not necessary for you to submit any other supporting documents.