Admission policies

Learn about holistic review, minimum subject requirements, Advanced Placement, homeschooling, and other essential policies affecting freshman admission.

Holistic review

Freshman admission is selective, so every applicant is reviewed thoroughly and holistically. More

College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)

Freshman applicants must show a minimum level of preparation in six subject areas called CADRs. Here at the UW, we expect a lot more than the minimum. More

Advanced Placement (AP) Policies

The UW applauds students who chose Advanced Placement (AP) courses as part of their high school curriculum. These courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study. More

International Baccalaureate (IB) Policies

The UW encourages and applauds students who have chosen International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as part of their high school curriculum. These courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study. More

A-Level & AS-Level Exam Policies

The UW encourages and applauds students who have pursued Advanced Level or Advanced Level Subsidiary exams as part of their high school curriculum or through the Cambridge AICE Diploma Program. These courses are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study. More

Dual-credit programs

We welcome and value students who have opted to begin their college learning while still in high school. More

UW in high school

Through the UW in the High School program, high school students can complete University of Washington courses — and earn UW credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers. More

Homeschool policies

We welcome applications from homeschooled students. Please review our guidelines so you're ready to go. More

Washington residency

To be considered a resident for tuition purposes, a student must be a U.S Citizen, U.S Permanent Resident card holder (for at least one year), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or have a qualifying visa. More

Veterans & military families

We're here to information and support veterans, active duty military, and military dependent students. More

Equivalency Guide

The Equivalency Guide is the essential online resource for students with coursework from Washington community colleges. More

For international students

International applicants — those who need an F-1 student visa or have another type of temporary, non-immigrant visa — must read about further requirements and instructions, especially those regarding English proficiency. More