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

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

The Coalition Profile is always open!

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

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

Running Start, college in the high school or dual enrolled students, review the instructions on how to complete the self-reported coursework section.

Need a little more help? Join us for one of our interactive webinars where we will demonstrate how to fill out the Profile and answer your specific questions. All webinars are from 4:00 - 5:00 pm Pacific time.

Monday, October 23 
Wednesday, October 25
Monday, October 30 
Wednesday, November 1 
Monday, November 6 
Wednesday, November 8 
Monday, November 13 
Wednesday, November 15 

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

The UW questions are required in addition to the Coalition Profile. 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.

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 2018 is now open.

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.