Transfer guidelines for special admission by appeal

The University’s admission policies must comply with Washington State regulations and faculty-authorized requirements. It is the responsibility of the Office of Admissions to apply these standards consistently and fairly. The faculty recognizes, however, that exceptions should be granted occasionally for students in unusual situations.

Who can appeal?

Any denied or incomplete applicant may appeal. Generally denied applicants appeal if they believe their academic or personal circumstances could not be considered adequately through the normal transfer review process or that an error occurred in that review.

All appeals include a review of updated information, transcripts and appeal statement in addition to re-reviewing the original admission application that was submitted.

Incomplete application, file closed

Transfer applicants whose applications were closed because they did not submit missing items that were requested can appeal for an admission decision. Applicants will be required to provide missing information with the appeal form. If you are unsure what items are missing to complete your application please email so we may assist you.

Admitted to UW, denied to the major

Transfer students wanting to appeal their departmental decision should work directly with the department.

What are my chances?

Keep in mind that your application was already carefully reviewed. Very few decisions are overturned on appeal.

What issues should my appeal address?

Keep in mind that we already reviewed your entire file and expected you to present everything of significance in the initial application.

You may include any information you think is important, but usually appeals address relevant items from the list below:

  • If you have new information to share that was not initially included in your application, please let us know.
  • If you believe we missed something of importance, you may direct our attention to it again.
  • Why do you think you are an excellent candidate for the Seattle campus of the University of Washington?
  • Why do you believe you need to be at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington? Why at this time?
  • Has your intended major changed? How does your new choice of major align with your career aspirations?
  • If your overall academic record is not as strong as it could be, why do you think your previous academic record is a poor predictor of your future academic performance? Please explain your academic record fully and tell us how you plan to be a successful student at the UW. Your explanation may include a discussion of circumstances and hardships or familial or cultural barriers that may have affected your academic record.
  • If you are inadmissible because you have not completed all of the college academic distribution requirements (CADR), why were you unable to satisfy these requirements? How do you plan to complete this coursework once you are enrolled at the UW?
  • Have you met with an academic adviser in your intended major? Do you have a clear understanding of the admission and graduation requirements for that major? Have you completed all the prerequisites for admission to the major?
  • If you have attended several institutions without graduating, please explain why graduation from the UW will now be possible.
  • Artwork, portfolios or writing samples will not be considered.

How do I appeal?

You, the applicant, must submit your appeal in writing, via the online form using your UW NetID. Your appeal should be no longer than three pages.

Please note, you may only use the appeal form once.

  • Your appeal should be clear and concise in presenting your case for admission.
  • The body of your appeal should explain your reason for seeking reconsideration.
  • You will be required to upload an updated/current, college transcript which includes your most recently completed term and in-progress classes.
  • The Office of Admissions does not interview appellants or consider in-person appeals. Meeting with admissions staff will not affect the outcome of an appeal.
  • Letters of recommendation are not considered as part of your admissions application or the appeal process.

How and when will I be notified?

We are typically able to provide a decision within 2-4 weeks after your appeal has been received. Appeal decisions are sent via email.

Disability accommodation

To request disability accommodation in the appeal process, contact the Office of Admissions.