COVID-19

COVID-19 Admissions FAQs

Freshmen autumn 2020 admits | Transfer autumn 2020 applicants |
Financial aid, tuition and fees | Advising & Orientation  | Prospective students for 2021 and beyond

Freshmen autumn 2020 admits

Will the UW accept enrollment confirmations after the May 1 deadline for freshmen to accept their offer?

The deadline to accept the offer of admission was May 1 (unless otherwise indicated in your offer materials). As always, we will review individual requests to pay the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF) after May 1 and we’ll be as flexible as possible as long as space remains available. Contact the Office of Admissions to discuss your situation.

Will the UW continue remote learning through autumn quarter 2020?

Classes will begin as scheduled on Sept. 30, in a hybrid approach. We are offering as many in-person courses as possible, prioritizing hands-on courses, such as studio, clinical and lab courses, and courses for first-year undergraduate and graduate students. You can check the time schedule, which for most courses already indicates whether they will be taught in person or remotely. Schools and colleges will continue to update the schedule over the summer as they finalize their plans, so you can check back for additional updates as autumn quarter gets closer. 

Can I defer my offer of admission?

You may not defer your admission to another entry term. The offer of admission is valid only for the quarter you applied. If you do not wish to attend the UW at this time but wish to enroll for a future quarter, you will need to reapply. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances, please contact the Office of Admissions.

I’m an international student. Can I defer my admission if I can’t get an F1 visa or travel restrictions prevent me from entering the U.S. to begin classes in September?

International students who confirmed enrollment by May 1 should request an I-20 for the F1 visa, sign up for Advising & Orientation and, arrange housing, and register for classes. Meanwhile, as the situation evolves, we encourage you to monitor visa processing and travel updates through your local U.S. consulate.If you are unable to begin autumn quarter classes due to visa or travel restrictions, you may contact the Office of Admissions after August 15 to request a deferral to winter quarter 2021, which begins January 4. If you do not wish to attend the UW winter quarter, then you will need to reapply.

Can I defer my offer of admission if I do not want to do remote learning autumn quarter 2020?

Classes will begin as scheduled on Sept. 30, in a hybrid approach. We are offering as many in-person courses as possible, prioritizing hands-on courses, such as studio, clinical and lab courses, and courses for first-year undergraduate and graduate students. You can check the time schedule, which for most courses already indicates whether they will be taught in person or remotely. Whether classes are conducted in-person or via remote learning, the same outstanding, world renowned instructors will be leading your courses. Therefore, the UW is not deferring admission to another entry term due to a temporary change in course delivery method. If you do not wish to attend the UW for autumn quarter, but wish to enroll for a future quarter, you would need to reapply for that term.

I’ve decided to attend my local community college/university this fall, delaying my start date at the UW. What do I need to know?

Freshman applicants who plan to enroll at another college or university following their high school graduation will need to re-apply as a transfer applicant for the term they wish to begin at the UW. To learn more about transferring to the UW, including how credits are transferred, please visit our transfer admission website and consider attending one of our transfer webinars. Additional resources for transfer planning:

Will the UW extend the July 15 transcript deadline?

If your school is able to send your final transcript before July 15, please have them do so. If your school is unable to meet the July 15 deadline, please have them sent as soon as possible after. Not meeting the deadline will not impact your ability to register for autumn courses, but may impact your ability to register for future terms.

How will Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit grading for spring 2020 affect my offer of admission to the UW?

If a school changes the grading scale to Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit this will not impact a student’s admission to the University of Washington.
Educators, if your school is able, please designate the change on the transcript so the Office of Admissions is aware when reviewing final transcripts.

Does the UW convert a “Pass” to a B grade (3.0) or lower?

The UW does not convert a “Pass” or calculate it in the cumulative GPA.

My senior-year schedule has changed. Will this affect my admission to the UW?

Schedule changes due to COVID-19 will not affect a student’s admission to the UW.

My senior-year schedule has changed and I am no longer able to complete all my College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR). Will this affect my admission to the UW or direct admission to my major?

Schedule changes due to COVID-19 will not affect a student’s admission to the UW or any offers of direct admission to the college or major. If any additional information is needed after the final transcript is received, the Office of Admissions will reach out to the student directly.
College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)

The College Board announced changes to the AP testing format. Will this affect how the UW will award credit for AP exams?

We recognize all the work that goes into taking an AP course and/or studying for the exam. Rest assured that a change in testing format does not change how the UW awards credit for AP exams. For an overview of credit awarded by subject, visit the AP exams for credit website.

I'm an IB diploma candidate and the IB announced exams will be canceled this year. Will I still be eligible for UW credit?

We recognize all the work that goes into taking an IB course and pursuing an IB diploma. Although exams have been canceled, IBO has indicated diplomas and certificates will still be awarded. The UW will award credit for IB diplomas or certificates, regardless of the assessment method. For an overview of credit awarded by subject, visit the IB exams for credit website.

A-level exams have been canceled this year. Will I be eligible for UW credit?

Although many exams have been canceled, exam boards have indicated that they will still award certificates using other assessment methods. The UW will award credit for final A-level exam certificates, regardless of how the grades/marks are assessed. For an overview of credit awarded by subject, visit the A-level exams for credit website.

Are campus visits, tours and information sessions being offered?

Currently, campus tours and admission information sessions are on pause per public health guidelines and Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. However, we invite you to join us for a virtual Admitted Student Preview on April 14 or April 16 (computer science and engineering undeclared admits only). During Admitted Student Preview admitted students and parents can watch academic presentations, video tours, chat with current students and more! Additionally, all admitted students can take a virtual self-guided tour and/or register for a virtual admitted student information session. 

Transfer autumn 2020 applicants

My school is not open and can’t send my transcript to complete my application. What do I do?

If your college is unable to send your official transcript through postal mail, Parchment or Credential Solutions, please contact the Office of Admissions and we will be glad to work with you.

Will COVID-19 delay my decision notification?

We do not anticipate any delay in providing transfer admission decisions.

Financial aid, tuition and fees

My family income has changed. What options exist to update my financial aid award package?

We understand that your family’s financial situation may have changed as a result of COVID-19. Students can request changes to their award by completing a “change in financial situation – parent,” or “change in financial situation – student” form using the revision request website.

Will tuition rates or fee-based program rates change if all of my classes are remote for autumn quarter 2020?

At the UW our world-class instructors bring expertise, experience and knowledge to remote learning just as they do with in-person teaching. Whether class instruction is in-person or online, your UW educators remain the same. It’s also important to remember that this is not an online degree program and when it’s safe for the UW community to come back together in person, we’ll look forward to doing so.

Classes will begin as scheduled on Sept. 30, in a hybrid approach. We are offering as many in-person courses as possible, prioritizing hands-on courses, such as studio, clinical and lab courses, and courses for first-year undergraduate and graduate students. You can check the time schedule, which for most courses already indicates whether they will be taught in person or remotely. 

I am not a resident of the state of Washington. Why am I required to pay out-of-state tuition for remote learning or in-person instruction?

Out-of-state tuition is not a reflection of whether a course is offered in-person or remotely. Resident tuition is lower than non-resident tuition because of the taxes paid by resident students and their families to the state of Washington. These taxes support the UW through state funding.

My financial situation has changed due to COVID-19 and I am now interested in deferring my admission offer.

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are far reaching and impacting us all. Students can request changes to their financial aid award by completing a “Change in financial situation – parent,” or “Change in financial situation – student” form using the revision request website.

If after exploring your options, you make the choice to not enroll at the UW, we would encourage you to contact us so we can walk you through applying for a future term, developing a transfer plan and more. The UW is not deferring admission to another entry term due to a change in finances. If you do not wish to attend the UW for autumn quarter, but wish to enroll for a future quarter, you would need to reapply for that term.

Advising & Orientation

Will summer Advising & Orientation sessions be offered in-person or remotely?

Summer Advising & Orientation will be facilitated in a remote environment. For more information visit the First Year Programs website.

Prospective students for 2021 and beyond

VIDEO: Changes to application process

The SAT and ACT canceled exam dates this spring. Will the UW still require the SAT or ACT for autumn 2021 applicants?

With the reduction of testing dates globally, the UW will not require SAT or ACT scores for any autumn 2021 freshman applicant or beyond. Read more about the removal of the test score requirement.

Will not submitting an SAT or ACT disadvantage me as an applicant?

Not submitting an SAT or ACT will not harm any applicant in the review process.

How will spring 2020 schedule changes impact my admissibility to the UW?

At the UW we use a holistic review process which allows our readers to take context into consideration when reviewing applications. Rest assured that we will be able to take unanticipated schedule changes due to COVID-19 into consideration in future application cycles.

How will Pass/No Pass, Credit/No Credit or A/Incomplete grading for spring 2020 affect my admissibility to the UW?

If a school changes the grading scale to Pass/No Pass, Credit/No Credit or A/Incomplete, this will not impact a student’s admissibility to the University of Washington. The holistic review will be able to accommodate all of the various grading policies that school districts implement for spring 2020 in a way that neither advantages nor disadvantages any applicant.
Educators, if your school is able, we recommend designating the change on the transcript so the Office of Admissions is aware when reviewing final transcripts.

Does the UW convert a "Pass" to a B grade (3.0)?

The UW does not change a “Pass” to a B grade (3.0) and a “Pass” does not impact the cumulative GPA in our holistic review.

Are international applicants still required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?

International students are required to submit English proficiency exam scores that meet the UW’s admission requirement. In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic’s global impacts, the UW will also accept the Duolingo English Test for any summer/autumn 2021 applicants.

Are campus visits, tours and information sessions being offered?

Campus tours and admission information sessions are currently on pause per public health guidelines and Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Instead, we invite you to take a virtual self-guided tour and register for a virtual information session. The Office of Admissions will keep the admissions visit website up to date with the latest scheduling information.