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Holistic review

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

Please note: The UW removed the SAT/ACT requirement for admission. Read more on the SAT/ACT page.

Preparation & performance

Indicators of preparation and performance include:

  • An overall strong level of academic achievement, as demonstrated by grades, depth and breadth and rigor of curriculum.
  • 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.
  • Taking full advantage of the senior year
  • Demonstrating a positive grade trend

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.

Personal achievements & characteristics

What have you done outside of the classroom? 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 socio-economic disadvantage (Washington state residents only)
  • Demonstrating cultural awareness or unique perspectives or experiences