ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.

UW Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to UW, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is November 16 and the application fee is $80. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from UW by March 15.

Applying Early to UW?

University of Washington 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 To Get Into University of Washington

Getting into UW is very difficult. UW evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UW **accepted 56% of students, around 24,467 of the 43,778 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UW, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, UW waitlisted 9,726 students. Of those, 4712 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to UW?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UW

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 Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Important
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 Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Important

UW 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UW must submit the following items. Double check with UW'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?

Students admitted to UW have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Washington, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 56.27%
3.50 and 3.74 22.87%
3.25 and 3.49 6.54%
3.00 and 3.24 1.71%
2.50 and 2.9 0.51%
2.00 and 2.49 0.01%
UW doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UW is not test optional. 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

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

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 UW during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Winter Term Summer Term

UW Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UW?

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

Does UW accept transfer credits?

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

ACE recommendations for credit

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to UW?

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

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about UW

Explore other colleges in Washington or use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

UW Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

56%

How hard is it to get into UW? UW is a very selective institution. The UW acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 55 out of every 100 applicants.

--

51ADAC6F-FB50-4135-9BDD-40564E6412F7

Wondering what your chances are of getting into University of Washington?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

UW Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 16

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW is Nov 16.

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 ACT Scores

ic_reflect

ACT Range

Not available

Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

UW SAT Scores

ic_reflect

Composite SAT Range

Not available

ic_reflect

Math SAT Range

Not available

ic_reflect

Reading SAT Range

Not available

Boost your SAT score in just 10 minutes a day!

  • • No more cram sessions or flashcard memorization
  • • 10-minute gamified, bite-sized lessons
  • • Personalized plan to keep you on track
  • • Get results or your money back
Sponsored by CollegeGo
Try it Now

UW GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.79

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.79. 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

51,487

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

56%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$11,745

Out-of-State

$39,114

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 16
9331376C-347F-48E1-9EA3-63CB6BA2D682
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
F43DB07C-E631-43A5-9C99-000231808F35
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
ECE68226-946A-49FB-9EBE-25C918B98643
Need Advice or Have a Question About UW?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation