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Transfer students are an important part of the UW community.

We look forward to learning what you will bring to our campus.

How to apply

Good preparation for your intended major is the best way to prepare for admission at the UW, but it’s only part of what we’ll be looking at. Learn more about how to apply

What you need to know:

What you need to know:

Quarter of application Quarter begins Application opens Application deadline Notification period
Winter* Early January August 1 September 1 November 1 – December 15
Autumn Late September December 15 February 15 May  1 – June 30
Spring** Late March November 1 December 15 N/A
Summer*** Mid-June December 15 February 15 May  1 – 31

*Winter quarter is open to U.S. transfer applicants only. International student applications not accepted.

**Spring quarter is not open for general admission. Spring quarter is open only to applicants to specific departments in engineering and computer science.

***Most degree-seeking students apply for autumn quarter. If you wish to apply for summer quarter as a degree-seeking student please consult an admissions counselor. To apply for summer quarter as a non-degree student, contact Summer Quarter.

Hear directly from an admissions counselor about the transfer process. Virtual or in person, check the calendar for dates, times and location.

Holistic review is a comprehensive assessment of your academic performance, personal qualities, and achievements.

At the UW, you are more than test scores and a GPA, but we know you’re curious about the numbers anyway.

Admission to the UW requires completion of coursework in the subjects listed below — whether in high school, college or a combination of the two — unless you have earned 40 transferrable college quarter credits or more at the time of application.

Learn more about CADRs.

Subject Credits required
English 4
Mathematics 3
Social Sciences/Social Studies 3
World Languages 2
Lab Science 2
Senior year Math-Based Quantitative Course 1
Fine, Visual or Performing Arts .5
Academic Elective .5

International students are required to submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the UW’s minimum English proficiency requirement.

The Office of Admissions calculates a GPA that is considered in the assessment of your application. Learn more about what is and is not included in that calculation.

Did you participate in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or A Level & AS Level exams? The UW encourages and applauds participation in any of these programs. They are challenging and demanding, and we believe they provide excellent preparation for university study. Find details and useful links below.

Wondering what credits will transfer to the UW? Learn more about our transfer credit policies.

Your admission to a major at the UW depends on the major you are interested in and your application type. Learn more about admission to majors.

These online transfer planning resources will help you make a more efficient transfer to the UW.

We welcome applications from homeschool students. Please review our transfer homeschool guidelines so you’re ready to go.

We appreciate the time and effort that you put into your application to the UW. We want to make sure what comes next is as clear and efficient as possible. 

Check out other transfer resources on the UW’s transfer student portal website.

Washington Student Achievement Council Transfer Student Rights and Responsibilities: explains the rights and responsibilities that each transfer student has as they interact with their institution in the transfer process.