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Colleges / University of Washington, Tacoma

UW Tacoma Admissions

If you want to apply to UW Tacoma, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is June 30 and the application fee is $60.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

UW Tacoma Admissions Stats at a Glance

UW Tacoma 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered
Waitlist No

Considering Applying Early to UW Tacoma?

University of Washington, Tacoma does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UW Tacoma?

UW Tacoma is a moderately difficult school to get into. UW Tacoma evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UW Tacoma accepted 87% of students, around 1,719 of the 1,985 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UW Tacoma, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What's Most Important to Get In to UW Tacoma?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UW Tacoma

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

UW Tacoma 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UW Tacoma must submit the following items. Double check with UW Tacoma's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UW Tacoma?

Students admitted to UW Tacoma have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Washington, Tacoma, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 15.81%
3.50 and 3.74 21.61%
3.25 and 3.49 21.45%
3.00 and 3.24 19.35%
2.50 and 2.9 18.87%
2.00 and 2.49 1.94%

UW Tacoma doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UW Tacoma does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to University of Washington, Tacoma

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UW Tacoma.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 30.

Transfer students can enroll in UW Tacoma during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Spring Term - Winter Term - Summer Term

UW Tacoma Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UW Tacoma?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UW Tacoma.

Does UW Tacoma accept transfer credits?

UW Tacoma accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UW Tacoma accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does UW Tacoma accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UW Tacoma accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UW Tacoma?

UW Tacoma is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is UW Tacoma's acceptance rate?

UW Tacoma's acceptance rate is 87%.

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UW Tacoma Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UW Tacoma? UW Tacoma is a somewhat selective institution. The UW Tacoma acceptance rate is 87%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.



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UW Tacoma Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Tacoma is Jun 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Tacoma is Aug 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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UW Tacoma GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW Tacoma, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.33. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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