Will my courses transfer?

This looks like a simple question, but we suspect it's 2 or 3 questions rolled into one.  :-)  Let's take them one by one.

1. WHEN will I find out how my courses transferred to the UW?

The Office of Admissions completes a course-by-course evaluation of transfer credit after a newly admitted student has informed the UW of his or her intention to enroll, usually by paying a fee, known as the NSEOF. We wait to do this evaluation because it's extremely labor intensive, and we just don't have the staff to complete the evaluation for every applicant, let alone every prospective transfer student.

In the meantime, these resources will help you figure out how courses transfer to the UW:

  • Students at Washington community and technical colleges. You have it easy. The Equivalency Guide provides course-by-course evaluation. Get to know it well.
  • Students with credit from other kinds of institutions. You have a harder time. There is no equivalency guide for four-year colleges or for two-year institutions outside of Washington. Instead, compare courses taken elsewhere with UW course descriptions in the University Catalog.

2. In GENERAL, will my credits transfer? Remember, we can't answer that in detail until a student has paid the NSEOF. But generally, yes, we consider for transfer all academic courses taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities, as long as such credits have been earned through university-level courses appropriate to the student’s degree program at the UW. And hidden in that last rather bureaucratic phrase, "appropriate to the student's degree program at the UW," we're getting at ...

3. This is more about the qualitative than the quantitative nature of transfer credit. The question might be framed as, "Of all the credits I expect to have, how do I know which ones will be APPLIED toward the major I have been working toward and the degree I plan to earn from the UW?" This question may not be answered fully until a student meets with an academic adviser for the first time during Advising and Orientation. Especially for students at Washington community colleges, however, the Academic Planning Worksheets go a long way toward understanding the relationship between the transfer credit you earn and its application toward a degree at the UW.

In the end, try to be aware of the complexity of the transfer process and ask the precise question you want an answer to. We'll try our best to help!

Top 10 Questions

What exercise and fitness opportunities are available to students?

Free to students, the UW has an amazing Intramural Activities (IMA) building located north of Husky Stadium.

In additional to magnificent views of Lake Washington and the mountains, the IMA includes:

  • Six tons of workout machines
  • Indoor jogging track
  • Swimming Pool
  • Squash, tennis, & racquetball courts
  • Climbing facility with 5,800 sq ft. of climbing surfaces
  • Students can also participate in more than 50 club (including tae kwon do, lacrosse, sailing, and Ultimate Frisbee) and intramural (including bowling, badminton, and flag football) sports at the IMA.

How safe is the UW campus?

For a small city of 60,000 -- 40,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff -- within the larger city of Seattle, the UW campus is an extremely safe place to be. The UW compares favorably with other urban universities.

The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) is one of only 47 university or college police departments nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It employs 53 police officers who are fully commissioned by the State of Washington and have the same authority as other law enforcement officers. UWPD has primary responsibility for law enforcement on the campus and works closely with the Seattle Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout Washington State.

Officers patrol the campus on a 24-hour basis and staff a detective division, a traffic unit, the Residence Hall Patrol, a unit specifically assigned to the residence halls, and a Crime Prevention Unit which offers a variety of programs and services on personal and property protection to the campus community.

The UW is committed to Safe Campus principles.

I am interested in studying abroad. What opportunities are available at the UW?

Truly a life-altering experience, the UW offers the largest study abroad program on the West Coast, with more than 1,200 undergraduates choosing among 350 program options to 60 different countries every year.

No longer just for language majors, students in just about any academic program can participate. Programs last anywhere from a few weeks to an entire academic year. Financial aid, scholarships, insurance, etc. often remain intact for those students who desire to go abroad.