How to apply

Follow this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to submit a complete application for admission.

  1. Create your Coalition Profile
  2. Complete the UW questions
  3. Pay the application fee
  4. Send test scores
  5. Send transcripts?
  6. Apply now

1. Create your Coalition Profile

The University of Washington is a one of 121 public and private universities across the U.S. that comprise the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a college planning and application platform. For admission we require the following Coalition Profile sections:

Coalition Profile

Note: English Proficiency will only be required for international applicants, and Financial Aid is only required for U.S. applicants.

The Coalition Profile is open now for autumn 2018 applicants.

2. Complete the UW Questions 

The UW questions are required in addition to the Coalition application. 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. Learn more about the essays

3. Pay the application fee

U.S. freshman students

The $80 application fee (beginning with summer/autumn 2018 applicants) for U.S. freshman students is nonrefundable and must be submitted each time you apply for admission.

Learn more about the U.S. application fee

International freshman students

The 90 USD application fee (beginning with summer/autumn 2018 applicants) is nonrefundable and must be submitted each time you apply.

Learn more about the international application fee

4. 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.

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

5. Send transcripts?

U.S. students

Do not send high school or college transcripts until you receive a request from the Office of Admissions. The Coalition application asks you to provide a detailed account of your academic coursework, and that's all we need to review your application.

International students

International students must upload transcripts at the time of application.

Learn more about sending transcripts

6. Apply now

The freshman application for autumn 2018 will open September 1, 2017.

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.