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

Planning Your Transfer

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.


Path to UW — a Seattle Promise & University of Washington-Seattle 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

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

Azal (Lily) Bahadory

Huge class sizes were something new to me. Figuring out better strategies to make myself known as an individual student instead of just another face in the crowd is helping me to better succeed in these classes. I did so by utilizing office hour time with professors. Finally, joining a Transfer FIG has connected me with other students with similar experiences to my own.

—Azal (Lily) Bahadory, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California

Hergy Mpaande

UW has several resources that all students must know, but I think every first-year student should be aware of resources such as the undergraduate advising office. When I was about to apply for my major, I was advised that I needed to retake a class that I took in college because it didn't transfer as the same class. I talked to my department adviser and he helped me to choose another that filled the requirement and I didn't have to pay for one class twice.

—Hergy Mpaande, Highline College Des Moines, WA