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Colleges / University of Washington, Tacoma

University of Washington, Tacoma

Tacoma, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

UW Tacoma Admissions

If you are planning on applying to UW Tacoma, the regular decision application deadline is June 30 and the application fee is $60.

UW Tacoma Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of UW Tacoma's admissions stats.

UW Tacoma 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist No

University of Washington, Tacoma Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Washington, Tacoma.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes June 31 ––

Considering Applying Early to UW Tacoma?

UW Tacoma does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on University of Washington, Tacoma Admissions

How To Get Into University of Washington, Tacoma

UW Tacoma is a not 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 83% of students, about 1,851 from 2,233 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like UW Tacoma, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Washington, Tacoma

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to UW Tacoma

UW Tacoma has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does UW Tacoma Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UW Tacoma

Wondering what factors are considered by UW Tacoma during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with UW Tacoma for more information on admission factors.

UW Tacoma Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UW Tacoma?

Students admitted to UW Tacoma have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UW Tacoma does not 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.

More Information on Transferring to University of Washington, Tacoma

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to UW Tacoma.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 31.

Transfer students can enroll in UW Tacoma during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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

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 has an acceptance rate of 83%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UW Tacoma?

❌ UW Tacoma does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About UW Tacoma?

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UW Tacoma Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into UW Tacoma? UW Tacoma is a less selective institution. The UW Tacoma acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.


UW Tacoma Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 31

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Tacoma is Jul 31.

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

UW Tacoma ACT Scores


ACT Range

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UW Tacoma SAT Scores


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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 3.41. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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