Freshman Information Session + Campus Tour

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 team is happy to ensure that your questions are answered. We want you to walk away 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.

Overview

When?

When you register, you will be able to select the time and date that works best for your family. Please note that Freshman Information Sessions and Campus Tours sometimes fill to capacity. If a time or date is not listed, it is either unavailable or has already reached capacity.

We offer the following programs for prospective freshmen and families:

Calendar Legend

  •  Freshman Info Session and Campus Tour
  •  Campus Tour Only
  •  Transfer Thursday
  •  Residential Life Tour

Exceptions: no morning freshman information sessions or campus tours on November 4, 5, 11 (holiday), 12, 18

Where?

Husky Union Building (HUB), Admissions Welcome Center, Room 106.

How?

Daily Visit is free. Registration is required. Due to capacity restrictions, we recommend that families register at least four weeks in advance.

If possible, we recommend visiting on a Wednesday. It’s a great way to see a typical day on campus. By contrast, the following days are extremely popular and therefore fill up quickly: Mondays, Fridays, state in-service days, and the days surrounding three-day weekends.

What else can I do?

  • Sit in on a class. After you’ve registered for your tour, select a class to visit.
  • Pre-Business students. The Foster School of Business offers special information sessions. Please learn more and sign up.
  • Check out our Plan Your Visit page, loaded with helpful tips for where to eat and stay, how to wear for our climate, and what to do while you're here.

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.