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Colleges / University of Washington

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate53%
Acceptance Rate53%

UW Admissions

If you are applying to UW, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 16 and the fee for the application is $80.

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

UW Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of UW's admissions stats.

UW 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
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 November 15 March 15

Want to Apply Early to UW?

UW does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore 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 Admissions

Transferring to University of Washington

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to UW

In 2022, UW waitlisted 10,239 students and 4,565 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 775 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UW?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important 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 choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UW

Wondering what factors are considered by UW 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
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
First Generation Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
State Residency Considered

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

UW 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

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

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 does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UW 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 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

• Winter 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.

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to UW?

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

What is UW's acceptance rate?

✅ UW's acceptance rate is 53%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UW?

❌ UW does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About UW?

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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 53%. This means that the institution accepts 53 out of every 100 applicants.


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 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 3.82. 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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