Campus tours + admissions presentations

Please note that demonstrated interest, as shown by attending any campus event, is not a factor in admission to the UW.

I am applying as a freshman

I am applying as a transfer

Not sure of your application type? Let us help.

Campus tour + freshman admission presentation

Register for a campus tour and admission presentation

We welcome prospective students and their families. Most students who visit are in the 10th, 11th or 12th grades, but younger students are also welcome.

The campus tour and admission presentation are free, but registration is required to attend the presentation. We recommend that you register at least four weeks in advance, as popular days — especially Mondays, Fridays and state in-service days — may fill to capacity.

The Honors Program also offers admission information sessions on Monday’s and Friday’s during the fall. Visit the Honors website for more information and to register.

In addition to the campus tour and information session, you may also sign up for a residential life tour, Dabble Lab/Area 01 or MILL tour on the calendar below.

Calendar legend

  • Campus Tour and Freshman Info Session
  • Residential Life Tour
  • Foster School of Business
  • School of Art + Art History + Design Information Session
  • Informatics Program Overview
  • Maker Space Tour
  • McCarty Innovation & Learning Lab (MILL) Tour
  • Full or past event

What can I expect?

The guided campus tour, led by a UW student, takes you to the most loved and important sites in the center of campus: Drumheller Fountain, Mary Gates Hall, Red Square, Suzzallo Library, the Liberal Arts Quadrangle (aka, the Quad) and Denny Hall. It begins and ends in the Admissions Welcome Center (room 106 of the Husky Union Building, aka “the HUB”) and lasts approximately 75 minutes. We are unable to provide shuttle accommodations for the tour.

The tour does not include residence halls, athletic facilities or the inside of classrooms. However, you can sign up for a residence hall tour on the calendar above or check out our Sample a Class options.

School group tours are available for grades 8 and above and for groups of 15 or more.

The freshman admission presentation begins after the campus tour in the Admissions Welcome Center (room 106 of the Husky Union Building, aka “the HUB”). It is given by an admissions counselor and gives information about UW and the application process. The presentation lasts 30 minutes with time for questions at the end. Seating in the Welcome Center is limited. Advanced registration is required to ensure a spot.

The residential life tour takes you through a residence hall on West Campus. It starts at the Lander Hall front desk lobby and takes about 45 minutes. Please note that this tour requires a separate registration.

The Dabble Lab/Area 01 tour offers a small-group introduction to the immersive experiences available in our maker spaces on campus. This high- and low-tech environment features 3D printers, a laser cutter, art and design tools, sewing machines, small tools and a workspace for printed circuit board and interactive electronic objects work. There’s even a kiln and a ventilated booth for spray painting. The tour will include Area 01 spaces, the Sound Lab and the Image Lab. These maker spaces are situated conveniently within the Engineering Living Learning community in Maple Hall. The tour leaves from the Maple Hall at the Area 01 front desk lobby and takes about 25 minutes. Please note that this tour requires a separate registration.

The McCarty Innovation and Learning Lab (MILL) tour offers a small-group introduction to the next-level of maker spaces on campus. The MILL offers high-quality equipment including a water jet cutter, laser cutters, advanced 3-D printing technology, CNC machines, UV printer, vinyl printer and sewing equipment. This 8,000 square foot space is staffed with professionals and students who will help you take an idea to a prototype and beyond. The tour showcases the collaboration space, maker space, wet lab, classrooms, large-project storage areas all while introducing you to the educational opportunities within the space. The tour leaves from the MILL front desk, located in McCarty Hall and takes about 25 minutes.