Holistic review

While we look at many factors in reviewing applications for admission, academic preparation and performance are still primary.

Preparation & performance

Indicators of preparation and performance include:

  • An overall strong level of academic achievement, as demonstrated by GPA, rigor of curriculum, standardized test scores and academic distinctions
  • Taking advantage of college-preparatory courses during high school, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Running Start or college in the high school; or academic subjects beyond the minimum required for college entrance.

    Note: The UW does not weight or prioritize one model of college-level course over another. Comparable coursework completed through AP, IB, Cambridge, Running Start and College in the High School are viewed equally for admission purposes.
  • Taking full advantage of the senior year
  • Demonstrating a positive grade trend

Personal achievements & characteristics

What have you done beyond your grades and test scores? Personal achievements and characteristics may include:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to community service and leadership
  • Exercising significant responsibility in a family, community, employment situation or through activities
  • Attaining a college-preparatory education despite economic disadvantage (Washington state residents only)
  • Demonstrating cultural awareness or unique perspectives or experiences