Applying for a capacity-constrained (formerly known as competitive) major?

Capacity-constrained majors have admission requirements and a selective screening process.

They often have their own application deadline and may require test scores, portfolios, auditions, letters of recommendation, or interviews. Completion of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to capacity-constrained majors. If you are admitted to the UW, there is no guarantee that you will eventually be admitted to the major of your choice.

  • Some capacity-constrained majors require that new students be enrolled at the UW before applying to their program. Otherwise, you must apply concurrently to the University and to the major.
  • If you are admissible to the University but not to your major, you will enter the UW as a premajor in the College of Arts and Sciences and may begin completing the courses required for admission to the major.
  • Some majors admit only once or twice per year; this timing can be important when deciding when to apply for admission.

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