Campus tour + freshman information session

Your visit to the University of Washington will include a Guided Campus Tour, led by a UW student, and a Freshman Admission Information Session, led by an admissions counselor.

Our visit team wants you to leave campus with an understanding of the distinctive college experience the UW offers. Your ability to visit campus and learn more about the admissions process is sure to make a difference in your college search.

Who?

We welcome prospective students and their families. Most students who visit are in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, but younger students are welcome, also.

What can I expect?

The tour takes you to the most loved and important sites in the center of campus: Drumheller Fountain, Mary Gates Hall, Red Square, Suzzallo Library, the Liberal Arts Quadrangle (the Quad), and Denny Hall.

The tour does not include residence halls, athletic facilities, or the inside of classrooms.

  • If you wish to view residence halls, please sign up for a residence hall tour below.
  • If you wish to visit a classroom, please explore Sample a Class.

Demonstrated interest, as shown by attending any campus event, is not a factor in admission to the UW.

When?

Campus Tours and Freshman Information Sessions sometimes fill to capacity, especially on Mondays and Fridays. If you do not see a particular time or date on the calendar, the event is full or no event is scheduled.

If the UW is closed due to a state holiday or, rarely, inclement weather, campus visit events will not be held. 

How?

Campus visit programs are free. Registration is required. Due to capacity restrictions, we recommend that families register at least four weeks in advance.

The following days are extremely popular and therefore fill up quickly: Mondays, Fridays, state in-service days, and the days surrounding holidays or three-day weekends. 

July update: while we've reached capacity, families are welcome to walk-on to the tour only (we can not accommodate walk-on's for the admissions presentation due to seating capacity). Tours are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00, 11:30 a.m and 2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays at 9:00 or 11:30 am only. Simply show up and complete an on-site registration to join the tour only.

We offer the following programs for prospective freshmen and families:

Calendar Legend

  •  Campus Tour and Freshman Info Session
  •  Residential Life Tour

Where?

Events take place in the Husky Union Building ("The HUB"), Admissions Welcome Center, Room 106. 

What else can I do?

  • Sit in on a class. After you’ve registered for your tour, select a class to visit.
  • Check out Plan Your Visit, loaded with helpful tips for where to eat and stay, how to wear for our climate, and what to do while you're here.
  • Take a self-guided tour and listen to current UW tour guides show you around campus.
  • Interested in the Honors Program?
    • Attend an information session (offered in the fall only)
    • If you can't attend in person, watch a video of the information session
  • If you're interested in majors in the College of the Environment:

Group tours

Our first priority is groups of high school juniors and seniors. We cannot accommodate groups younger than 8th grade. If you are a teacher, counselor or community organization leader, please use this form to request a tour for your group.