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Colleges / University of Washington

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate48%

UW Admissions

University of Washington is very difficult to get into. The university admitted 48% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 52,488 applications received in 2023, 24,942 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to University of Washington, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 11/15 and the application fee is $80.

Students who submit their applications to University of Washington for fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 15.

University of Washington Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Washington's admissions stats.

University of Washington 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist Yes

University of Washington Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Washington.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 11 15 March 15

Applying Early to University of Washington?

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

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

More on University of Washington Admissions

Transferring to University of Washington

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

For Students Waitlisted to University of Washington

University of Washington has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Washington?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Washington

What does University of Washington consider 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
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
First Generation Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with University of Washington for more information on admission factors.

University of Washington 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of Washington, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with University of Washington's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Washington?

Students admitted to University of Washington have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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

University of Washington 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

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to University of Washington.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by June 30.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Washington during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Washington Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Washington?

❌ Students who are admitted to University of Washington must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does University of Washington accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Washington accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does University of Washington accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Washington accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Washington?

✅ University of Washington is not test optional.

What is University of Washington's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Washington has an acceptance rate of 48%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Washington?

❌ University of Washington does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About University of Washington?

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UW Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into UW? UW is a very selective institution. The UW acceptance rate is 48%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.


UW Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW is Nov 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW is Feb 15.

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

UW SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.83. 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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