Transferring to the UW

Welcome! Transfer students are an important part of the University of Washington community. Whether you are a prospective applicant, in the process of applying, or a current transfer student, this site will connect you to the resources and information you need to be successful.

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The Transfer Timeline

Before You Apply

Are you considering attending the University of Washington as the next step on your educational journey? The UW has a lot to offer. Here's how to get started.

Before

Path to UW — A Seattle Promise and University of Washington Partnership

Path to UW is a new program designed to provide support, planning resources, community, and academic preparation experiences to Seattle Promise students on their journey from high school, through their Associate's Degree, and to the UW.

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Exploring Major Alternatives

Some UW majors are capacity-constrained, meaning not all students interested in that major can end up studying it. Many must find an alternative. This tool is designed to help you explore related majors with similar coursework, career opportunities, and topics of interest.

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Visiting the UW: Transfer Thursday

Attending Transfer Thursday is the best way to visit campus and get important information.

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Student Stories

Hannah Coffaro

As any transfer student would know, when you transfer you are not in your major anymore and have to reapply. I knew I wanted to be in the Journalism major but there were a few new requirements at UW that I hadn't fulfilled. I think most transfer students know what they want to study or were already in their major at their old school. I encourage you to go to the advising office for your major and ask them questions. It is so helpful get your questions answered and know that you are on track.

—Hannah Coffaro, University of Washington, Bothell

Lauren Golshan

The UW is amazing and has resources that my community college did not have. I would definitely recommend getting involved and making the most of resources on campus. Joining the Elm Hall Council helped me to feel connected to my residence hall and going to office hours helped to build relationships with my teachers. I also took advantage of the resources at the Career and Internship Center: attending Career Fairs, going through mock interviews and receiving resume critiques. Transferring into the UW is hard at first but totally worth it!

—Lauren Golshan, Shoreline Community College

Almodine Thompson

My first move was to hang out at the Commuter and Transfer Commons—it's an easy place to build a community that lasts beyond a quarter. I've also been a go-getter by joining ASUW Senate, Transfer Students United, and Furmata. These are three unique communities that I fit into perfectly and between them all I've managed to find my home at the UW. Joining ASUW Senate and then being elected the Senate Liaison to the HUB Board of Representatives has been my favorite experience thus far.

—Almodine Thompson, Highline College

Sarah Anderson

I think that every student should know about the UW Counseling Center. I heard about it spring quarter, but I wish I had heard about it sooner and had been encouraged to go at least talk to someone about my first quarter. I experienced Transfer Shock, I barely overcame it, but I had my family’s love and support! Thus far, my favorite Husky memory has been attending football games with my sister.

—Sarah Anderson, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood