Office of Admissions

How to apply

Follow this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to submit a complete application for admssion.

  1. Review major requirements
  2. Personal statement
  3. Send transcripts
  4. Application fee
  5. Additional requirements for international students
  6. Apply now
  7. Spring quarter admission
  8. Send test scores?

1. Review major application requirements

The process of applying to a major can be complex. Some UW programs require that you enroll at the UW before applying to the major, while others require a separate application in addition to the UW application. Use the MyMajor tool to determine what your major requires.

2. Personal statement

All applicants must write a personal statement and submit it with the application for admission.

The personal statement should be a comprehensive narrative essay outlining significant aspects of your academic and personal history, particularly those that provide context for your academic achievements and educational choices. Quality of writing and depth of content both contribute toward a meaningful and relevant personal statement.

Learn more about about the personal statement

3. Send transcripts

A high school transcript and official college transcripts are required components of your application file.

Learn more about sending transcripts

4. Application fee

U.S. transfer students

The application fee is nonrefundable, and must be submitted each time you apply for admission. It cannot be transferred to another quarter, campus of the UW, or to another student. Application fee waivers available.

  • Spring 2018 application fee: $70
  • Summer/Autumn 2018 application fee: $80

Learn more about the U.S. application fee

International transfer students

The application fee is nonrefundable, and must be submitted each time you apply for admission. It cannot be transferred to another quarter, campus of the UW, or to another student. Application fee waivers available.

  • Spring 2018 application fee: 80 USD
  • Summer/Autumn 2018 application fee: 90 USD

Learn more about the international application fee

5. Additional requirements for international students

International applicants — those who need an F-1 student visa or have another type of temporary, non-immigrant visa — must read about further requirements and instructions, especially those regarding English proficiency.

Learn more about additional requirements for international students

6. Apply now

The Spring 2018 application is open. Read more about spring admission.

7. Spring quarter admission

Spring quarter is open only to applicants to specific departments in engineering and computer science.

Learn more about Spring quarter

8. Send test scores?

U.S. transfer students —SAT/ACT

SAT or ACT scores are required only for applicants with fewer than 40 transferable college credits.

Learn more about SAT/ACT scores

International transfer students — English proficiency

International students must submit English proficiency test scores that meet the minimum requirement for admission at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington. The SAT and ACT exams are not required for international students.

Learn more about English proficiency

The University does not consider the following in the review of applicants:

  • No interviews/demonstrated interest

The UW does not conduct formal interviews or consider demonstrated interest in the admission decision.

  • No letters of recommendation

We ask you not to send letters of recommendation or other supplemental materials such as drawings, CDs, DVDs, books, or other portfolio type items. We will learn everything we need to know about you through your personal statement so it is not necessary for you to submit any other supporting documents.