How to apply

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

  1. Application and fee 
  2. Personal statement
  3. Send transcripts
  4. Additional requirements for international students
  5. Apply now
  6. Spring quarter admission
  7. Send test scores?

1. Application and fee 

U.S. transfer students

The $70 application fee ($80 for autumn) for U.S. transfer students is nonrefundable and must be submitted each time you apply for admission.

Learn more about the U.S. application fee

International transfer students

The 80 USD application fee (90 USD for autumn) is nonrefundable and must be submitted each time you apply.

Learn more about the international application fee

2. Personal statement

All applicants must write a personal statement and submit it with the application for admission.

The personal statement should be a comprehensive narrative essay outlining significant aspects of your academic and personal history, particularly those that provide context for your academic achievements and educational choices. Quality of writing and depth of content both contribute toward a meaningful and relevant personal statement.

Learn more about about the personal statement

3. Send transcripts

Official college transcripts and unofficial high school transcripts are required components of your application file.

Learn more about sending transcripts

4. Additional requirements 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.

Learn more about additional requirements for international students

5. Apply now

No transfer applications are open at this time.

6. Spring quarter admission

Spring quarter is open only to applicants to specific departments in engineering and computer science.

Learn more about Spring quarter

7. Send test scores?

U.S. transfer students —SAT/ACT

SAT or ACT scores are required only for applicants with fewer than 40 transferable college credits.

Learn more about SAT/ACT scores

International transfer 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. 

Learn more about English proficiency

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 personal statement so it is not necessary for you to submit any other supporting documents.