A transcript is official if it bears the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution and is sent directly by the school or college to the Office of Admissions or sealed in a school or college envelope and mailed or delivered to Admissions by you. If you open the envelope, the transcript is no longer official.
- Records from schools abroad must be originals, official, and in the native language, accompanied by English translations. If you attended school outside the U.S., contact Admissions to find out what credentials you need to submit to complete your application file.
- The Office of Admissions will keep for one calendar year any transcripts or other credentials it receives.
High School Transcript
This document is required of all transfer applicants. Applicants are responsible for contacting the last high school attended to request a transcript. In most cases, the request can be made through the high school's website.
- A high school transcript should be a final transcript, showing all coursework completed, beginning with grade 9 and continuing through grade 12 or the highest grade completed.
- Preferably, mathematics and foreign language courses completed in the eighth grade should be recorded on the high school transcript, but this is not required.
We use the high school record to check for the college academic distribution requirements and to learn more about an applicant’s educational background. Completion of an academic associate degree alone does not imply that the college academic distribution requirements have been met.
For those applicants who have completed fewer than 40 transferable credits, the high school grades play an important part in the admission review. Applicants are reviewed according to the comprehensive criteria. In addition, the high school record is considered, and applicants are required to submit test scores.
It is your responsibility to contact each institution to request that transcripts be sent to Admissions by the appropriate closing date.
- Request one official transcript from each collegiate institution you have ever attended regardless of whether you received college credit from that institution.
- Failure to disclose and submit transcripts from all colleges attended, even if no credit was earned, may result in denial of admission or dismissal from the University.
- You must send transcripts showing coursework through the most recently completed quarter or semester.
- Applicants who have UW coursework, including from UW Bothell or UW Tacoma, do not need to submit official UW transcripts. However, they are required to submit official transcripts from all other colleges and universities they have attended. We will not request the transfer of documents originally sent to other UW offices.
University of Washington Office of Admissions 1410 NE Campus Parkway Box 355852 Seattle, WA 98195-5852
Submit high school transcripts by attaching them to your online application. Only college transcripts should be sent to the UW by postal mail. Make sure that your full legal name appears on all academic records.
Academic Credentials (Transcripts)
Most applicants apply online and should submit a scanned copy of their high school transcript(s) with the online application. Only college transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Admissions. If you complete a paper application, please mail all transcripts in the same envelope as your application.
Upload High School/Secondary School Transcripts:
Required of All Freshman and Transfer Applicants
Request a paper copy of your transcript or academic record from each high school or secondary school attended for grades 9, 10, and 11 or the equivalent years in your country. Include grade 9 even if it was part of junior (middle) high school in your country. Please do not ask your school for an electronic version of your transcript as most schools cannot provide this. After receiving the transcript, you will need to make an electronic copy yourself using the paper copy provided by your school.
- Already graduated high school? Request a paper copy of your final high school transcript that includes grades 10, 11, and 12 or the equivalent years in your country. You are not required to submit a transcript for grade 9 if you have already graduated high school.
- Completed secondary school exams (GCSE, O-level, SPM, etc.)? Upload a scanned copy of your final exam certificate or diploma that shows all coursework completed and grades received. Students educated in the British system or other educational systems in which grades are based on comprehensive national exams — GCSE, O-Level, SPM, etc. — must submit a copy of the official exam certificate by the published application deadline.
- Does your school use Naviance or Parchment Exchange? If your high school sends transcripts electronically using Naviance or Parchment Exchange, indicate this on the application by checking “Yes, my high school sends transcripts electronically using Parchment Exchange.” All documents received electronically through Naviance or Parchment Exchange are considered official.
- International freshmen who are offered admission will be instructed to send official high school transcripts to the Office of Admissions at a later time. Official transcripts will be carefully reviewed against previously submitted transcripts, and an offer of admission will be rescinded in the case of altered, modified, or falsified documents.
If you do not already have a copy of your final high school transcript, request a paper copy from the last high school you attended. The transcript should include grades 10, 11, and 12 or the equivalent years in your country. Unofficial copies of your high school transcript are acceptable for the purposes of admission. After receiving the transcript, you will need to make an electronic copy yourself using the paper copy provided by your school. All applicants are required to attach scanned high school transcripts to the online application.
Send College/University Transcripts:
Required of All Applicants with College Coursework
- Send official transcript(s) from each college or university attended, both in the U.S. and outside the U.S., regardless of how long you attended the school. Transcripts must include coursework and grades through the autumn 2014 term.
- Washington State community college students should have their transcripts sent electronically. All other college transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Admissions or sent directly from your college or university to the UW.
- International transfer students attending Washington State community colleges are encouraged to submit an updated transcript with winter quarter grades once available. Although this is not required, the information may help in the review of your application.
- If you have completed UW coursework, including from UW Bothell or UW Tacoma, you do not need to submit official UW transcripts. However, you must submit official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended. We will not request the transfer of documents originally sent to other UW offices.
Mailing Address for College/University Transcripts Only
University of Washington
Office of Admissions
1410 NE Campus Parkway – 225 Schmitz Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
University of Washington
Office of Admissions
Seattle, WA 98195-5852