How to apply
Autumn applicants, follow this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to submit a complete application for admission.
- Create your Coalition Account
- Add UW to your College List
- Opt-in to sharing contact information
- Complete the Coalition Profile
- Complete the UW questions
- Pay the application fee
- Send test scores
- Send transcripts?
- Apply now
1. Create your Coalition Account
The University of Washington is a one of 133 public and private universities across the U.S. that comprise the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a college planning and application platform.
2. Add UW to your College List
3. Opt-in to sharing your contact information with UW
Be sure to opt-in to sharing your contact information with the UW. This will allow us to notify you with any updates and help you complete the application before the deadline.
4. Complete the Coalition Profile (80% of the application)
The Coalition Profile is always open! You can complete your profile at any time, even before the UW application opens.
Once you’ve created your Coalition account, you’ll see sections to complete like the screen shot below. The UW admission application requires the following Coalition Profile sections:
The English Proficiency section is only required for international applicants. U.S. applicants do not have to complete this section.
The Financial Aid section is only required for U.S. applicants. International applicants do not have to complete this section.
The Coalition application requires you to report the course work you’ve completed in high school.
See our special instructions for the self-reported coursework section if your high school coursework falls into one of the following categories:
5. Complete the UW Questions (20% of the application)
The UW questions are required in addition to the Coalition Profile. These additional questions include two essays, demographic information, and your intended major. If you plan to apply to the Honors Program, you’ll find the Honors application here, which is required in order to be considered for freshman admission to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program.
Learn more about the essays
6. Pay the application fee
U.S. freshman 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.
- Summer/Autumn 2018 application fee: $80
Learn more about the U.S. application fee
International freshman 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.
- Winter/Spring: international freshman applications not accepted
- Summer/Autumn 2018 application fee: 90 USD
Learn more about the international application fee
7. Send test scores
U.S. freshman students — SAT/ACT
Scores from SAT or ACT are required for admission and must be sent directly from the testing agency. The UW accepts the SAT and ACT equally. There is absolutely no advantage in submitting one test over the other.
Learn more about SAT/ACT scores
International freshman 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, but we recommend applicants interested in an Engineering or other STEM-related major (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to submit SAT or ACT math scores.
Learn more about English proficiency
8. Send transcripts?
Do not send high school or college transcripts until you receive a request from the Office of Admissions. The Coalition application asks you to provide a detailed account of your academic coursework, and that’s all we need to review your application. However, if you have attended a school outside of the U.S. that follows a national compulsory curriculum, you are required to upload an unofficial scanned copy of the transcript(s) for grade levels 9 and higher.
Schools outside the U.S. that follow a national/local curriculum
If you have attended a school outside of the U.S. that follows a national compulsory curriculum, you are required to upload an unofficial scanned copy of the transcript(s) for grade levels 9 and higher.
Learn more about sending transcripts
9. Apply now
The freshman application for summer/autumn 2018 closed Nov 15.
Go to Coalition account
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 essay responses and Coalition Profile, so it is not necessary for you to submit any other supporting documents.
Scores from SAT or ACT are required for admission and must come directly from the testing agency.
The Seattle campus of the University of Washington does not recommend or require that applicants include the writing portion of either of these exams.
SAT or ACT?
The University of Washington accepts the SAT and ACT equally. There is absolutely no advantage in submitting one test over the other. If an applicant submits scores from both tests, national concordance tables determine which scores are relatively higher.
Superscoring refers to the practice of taking the student’s best section scores across all exam sittings to combine for the best overall score. Superscoring does not include the Writing score, which is not considered in the admission decision.
Old and new SAT
We will superscore among a student’s old sittings (pre-March 2016) and — separately — among a student’s new SAT sittings (March 2016 and after). However, we will not superscore between new and old versions of the test because the exams are not constructed the same way.
How to Submit Scores
Test scores are valid and will be considered official only if they are sent directly from the testing agency to the UW. Scores coming from a source other than the testing agency, such as your high school, are not official.
- Students unable to provide test scores may include, along with the rest of their application file, a petition to be considered for admission without scores.
How to Request Scores
The easiest way is to request that the UW receive scores at the time you register for the test. After you’ve taken the test, you may still request that scores be sent.
The UW’s four-digit code is 4854.
The UW’s four-digit code is 4484.
When to Submit Scores
Applicants for Summer or Autumn 2018
You are required to have official test scores sent directly to the UW from the testing agency no later than December 31, 2017.
Putting Tests in Perspective
We in the Office of Admissions caution students and their families against placing too much emphasis on standardized tests. Taking either test more than twice is probably a waste of time and money— as well as a source of unnecessary stress.
For more information about the factors considered in freshman admission, consult Freshman Review.