Office of Admissions

Holistic review

Holistic review is a comprehensive assessment of a transfer applicant’s academic performance and personal qualities and achievements. The review includes the following assessment areas:

  • Level of academic achievement including cumulative transfer GPA based on all transferable college-level courses attempted; rigor of curriculum; and consistency in course completion
  • Well-defined academic goals
  • Preparation for intended major
  • Plan for timely completion of a bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of foreign language through the 103-level, or equivalent, when applying to majors in Arts and Sciences, Education, or Social Work
  • Evidence of a need to enroll at the UW and the availability of the applicant’s intended academic program at other Washington public educational institutions
  • Academic or artistic awards and achievements, community service, work experience, or research that demonstrates success or potential contributions to the University and community
  • Improved grades after an extended absence from college or evidence of a new maturity in approaching college work
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Perseverance in attaining higher education in spite of personal adversity, disability, or economic disadvantage
  • Admission test scores, if provided

Our goals & priorities

The University is committed to the following transfer goals and priorities to benefit students from Washington’s community and technical colleges.

  • Among community college transfer students, the highest admission priority is given to those with academic associate degrees and those with 90 transferable credits taken in preparation for a professional academic major. Applicants with fewer than 90 credits may also be admitted when early transfer is advisable, but the number of such transfers will remain small.
  • The University of Washington Seattle generally dedicates thirty percent of its new undergraduate spaces annually to Washington community college transfer students. (Included are Running Start students expecting to earn 40 or more transfer credits at a Washington community college.)
  • The University also admits applicants who have completed fewer than 40 quarter credits (slightly less than one year of college) at the time of application. However, admission for these applicants is competitive and limited.