Plan your application

Are you considering attending the University of Washington as the next step on your educational journey?

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The UW has a lot to offer. To get started visit the tabs on the left to learn about the application timeline, understand the cost, and begin to prepare your academic plan.

All prospective transfer students are invited to attend Transfer Thursday prior to applying to the UW. The afternoon includes an admission presentation, followed by information sessions or drop-in advising by different academic programs and departments. These vary from week to week. Consult the schedules to choose a Thursday that’s best for you. 


Identify application timeline

Identify which quarter you want to transfer to the UW

Make sure your intended major offers admission for the quarter you intend to begin attending the UW by consulting Choosing a Major Page, an interactive tool for transfer students provided by the Office of Admissions. Then consult this list of application dates and deadlines.

Know UW application deadlines

The Office of Admissions provides a guide for transfer students to ensure you have all of the appropriate materials to apply. When you're ready, file the application.

Know UW major application deadline

You can use Choosing a Major Page, an interactive tool for transfer students, to check the admission policy, curricular options and quarters of application for every UW major.

Connect with your UW Admissions counselor

Stay informed by connecting with your counselor if you have any questions about the application process.

Explore majors

List of Majors

Start by reviewing the List of Undergraduate Majors at the UW. Some majors admit students in good academic standing at any time (open), while others have requirements before admission (minimum) or limited capacity for applicants (capacity-constrained).

List of Undergraduate Majors

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.

Exploring Majors Tool

Make an academic plan

Meet regularly with an academic adviser at your current institution

Share your goals of transferring with your academic adviser early on. Work together to identify how you can reach your goals and what will need to be accomplished at your current institution to do so. Download the Transfer Roadmap Worksheet and make sure you don't miss any steps.

Attend a Transfer Thursday and Transfer Student Preview Day at the UW

Transfer Student Preview Day is a program that happens each year in December for those interested in transferring to the UW. Registration will open in November, learn more on the admissions website.

Every prospective transfer student should attend a Transfer Thursday session before applying for admission. Find out about the admission process, meet with an adviser, and learn more about the UW's academic areas of study, as well as other topics such as financial aid and housing. Transfer Thursday is also available as a webinar for those unable to attend in person.

Review UW Admissions' website and departmental websites

Browse the UW's various academic programs. Most departments offer regular information sessions introducing the major and its required courses. Get in touch with departmental advisers to find out when sessions will be offered and to learn more about the program. UAA Advising also has some great general suggestions on how to choose a major.

Identify pre-requisite courses for intended majors and alternative majors

Read about holistic review, minimum subject requirements, the transfer GPA, AP and IB, guidelines for veterans and homeschooled students, and other essential policies affecting transfer admission.

Review information on choosing majors and the transfer equivalency guide

As you are considering major(s), you'll find them organized on the choosing majors page according to admission type (open, minimum requirement and capacity-constrained). Understand how your credits will transfer to the UW. Also check to see how your credits will transfer if you are currently enrolled at a Washington State Community and Technology College using the equivalency guide. For Washington State Community and Technology College students (CTC), use MyPlan to track how your CTC credits will transfer to the UW as well as measure your progress towards a UW degree.

Research tuition and associated cost

Know the UW FAFSA/WASFA priority date (January 15th)

The UW’s priority date for filing the FAFSA is now January 15, rather than February 28. Your FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by January 15 for priority consideration of all of our aid programs. It is not too late to submit your FAFSA. If your application is submitted after January 15, you will still be considered for federal aid, including Pell Grant and student loans.

Review UW Financial Aid net price calculator and expected family contribution (EFC) estimater

UW undergraduates receive about $400 million in financial aid per year. Over 60% of our undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. We know that many families are concerned about their ability to pay for college. This estimator service will give you an estimate of the type and amount of aid undergraduate students in similar financial situations as yours have received to attend the UW.

Connect with the UW

Sign-up to receive important email reminders through UW Admissions

When you sign up for our email list, you'll get connected to the UW and stay informed about how to submit the strongest application, deadline reminders, majors and academic programs, campus tours and information sessions, and UW visits to your area. 

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Visit campus and experience student life

Take an in-person campus tour or engage in the virtual options. Attend a Husky Hangout to learn more about the student life experience while connecting with current students. 

Visit Campus


Attend Transfer Student Preview

Interested in transferring to the UW? Transfer Student Preview is a program for students (and their families) to learn more about UW programs and services and connect with departments.

Learn more