Transferring to the UW
Welcome! Transfer students are an important part of the University of Washington community. One third of all UW graduates are transfer students, and they play a key role in every aspect of the Husky Experience.
Whether you are a prospective applicant, in the process of applying to the UW, or a current transfer student, this site will connect you to the resources and information you need to be successful at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.
Before you apply
- expand_moreReview the UW's transfer admission policies
- expand_moreEvaluate the cost
Calculate the cost of attending the UW relative to the value offered—remembering that you may have excellent opportunities available to you locally. Research financial aid to learn what is available to you. Learning as much as you can about your options will help you determine whether or not attending the UW fits with your long-term goals.
- expand_moreExplore potential majors
Browse the UW's various academic programs. Most departments offer regular information sessions introducing the major and its required courses. Get in touch with departmental advisers to find out when sessions will be offered and to learn more about the program. UAA Advising also has some great general suggestions on how to choose a major.
- expand_morePlan for your General Education requirements
Almost all transfer students will have some requirements yet to be completed. This is entirely normal and expected. Students who start at the UW as freshmen are not expected, nor even encouraged, to complete their General Education requirements in their first two years. It is more important in your freshmen and sophomore years to decide on a major and begin completing its requirements, while taking some General Education courses. If possible, try to complete any sequences you started before you transfer.
- expand_morePlan for your major
Most successful applicants are "major ready"—they have completed the prerequisites required to enter a particular UW major. To begin matching up your current experience with what the UW offers, consult the list of majors and choose from a selection of academic planning worksheets to track your progress toward specific majors. If you are a Washington State Community and Technical College student, you can use the UW Course Equivalency Guide and the MyPlan Transfer Planner to determine how the courses you have already taken will transfer to the UW. Learn more about course planning before you transfer.
- expand_moreJoin the email list
When you sign up for our email list, you'll get connected to the UW and stay informed about how to submit the strongest application, deadline reminders, majors and academic programs, campus tours and information sessions, and UW visits to your area. Join us!
- expand_moreAttend an interactive webinar
Do you have a question about transferring to the University of Washington, but don't want to come all the way to campus? Get your questions answered during one of our Transfer Tuesday interactive webinars. UW admissions counselors will give an overview of the transfer admission process, and answer your specific questions about transferring. Advance registration encouraged.
- expand_moreVisit the UW on Transfer Thursday
Every prospective transfer student is encouraged to attend a Transfer Thursday session before applying for admission. Find out about the admission process, meet with an adviser, and learn more about the UW's academic areas of study, as well as other topics such as financial aid and housing.
- expand_moreSample a class
Attend an undergraduate class and experience the passion of our faculty, the engagement of our students, and the incredible depth of course offerings you'll find as a UW student. The Admissions Office provides a list of classes that you are welcome to sit in on.
- expand_moreBrowse the course catalog
Explore the breadth and depth of the University's course offerings. Every quarter, you'll find more than 2,000 courses to choose from.
Preparing to apply
- expand_moreLearn about departmental application requirements
You can use MyMajor, an interactive tool for transfer students, to check the admission policy, curricular options and quarters of application for every UW major.
- expand_morePlan to be in a major by 105 quarter credits
The UW Satisfactory Progress Policy ("105-credit rule") states that you must be in a major by the time you reach 105 credits, counting those credits you bring with you from your previous institution. This means you will want to complete as many prerequisites to your intended major as possible before you get to the UW. Declaring a major by your first or second quarter at the UW is necessary if you're coming in with 90 credits; otherwise you'll be affected by the "105 credit rule" which will keep you from registering. If your intended major is capacity-constrained, you must apply and be admitted into a major by this time. If you were admitted as a pre-major, this means you will need to apply to a major once you get here.
- expand_moreDecide which quarter you want to begin
- expand_moreAre you an international student?
International students need an F-1 student visa or another type of temporary, non-immigrant visa. Unsure if you're an international student? Take this helpful quiz.
- expand_moreUnderstand capacity-constrained majors, and consider your major options
Many majors at the University of Washington are capacity-constrained and are unable to accept every applicant. If your first choice of major is capacity-constrained, consider a non-capacity-constrained major that you would be willing to study. Review the list of undergraduate majors by admission status.
- expand_moreGather your materials
- If you are not an international student and have less than 40 hours of college credit to transfer, you will need to submit SAT or ACT scores.
- International students must submit additional documentation, including English proficiency test scores.
- Official high school and college transcripts are also required.
- All applicants are asked to write a personal statement that outlines significant aspects of their academic and personal history, particularly those that provide context for their academic achievements and educational choices.
The UW Admissions site has more information on how to apply.
- expand_moreSubmit your application
- expand_moreAccept the offer and pay the NSEOF
The New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF) is a mandatory, one-time fee that all entering undergraduate students at the University of Washington-Seattle campus pay to confirm enrollment.
- expand_moreAttend an Advising & Orientation session
Your Advising & Orientation (A&O) session is your official introduction to the University. Because it is critical to getting started at the UW successfully, you can't register for courses until you have attended a session. Visit the A&O Registration site to choose a date and reserve your seat.
- expand_moreBe aware: admission does not ensure acceptance in a major
If your first choice of major is capacity-constrained, and you have not applied and been admitted directly to that department, do you have a non-capacity-constrained major you'd be willing to study? If you were denied from your first choice major and accepted to the university, make sure to review the list of undergraduate majors by admission status to consider other major options.
- expand_moreAccess UW services
- expand_moreReview your UW unofficial transcript
The official transcripts you send to UW's Office of Admissions will be evaluated and the courses and credits translated into their UW equivalents. The evaluation is generally completed just before your Advising and Registration date, but once it is you can review the evaluation by looking at your Unofficial Transcript in MyUW. Courses that are transferrable but don't have an exact UW equivalent will be posted as "X" credit. X-credit courses can be counted toward requirements. In some departments (but not all) this is done automatically.
- expand_moreConsider your living options
No matter where you live, you’ll be surrounded by social and learning opportunities. Due to high demand and limited space, placement in on-campus housing is not guaranteed. New residents are assigned to double or triple rooms based on priority and date of application and, in some cases, length of commute. Late applicants may be assigned to temporary housing or placed on a waiting list for the beginning of autumn quarter. There are abundant off-campus non-UW living options as well.
- expand_moreReserve disability service accomodations
You're a Husky now!
- expand_moreMeet with an academic adviser
There are many different ways to receive academic advising at the UW. You can work with a general adviser to gain an advocate and educational mentor at the UW before you get into a major. You can visit with departmental advisers to learn more about specific schools, colleges and programs. Don't hesitate to consult different advisers to compare programs—we want you to make the choice that is best for you.
- expand_moreConnect with peers
Visit the Commuter & Transfer Commons, where you can access lockers, a kitchen space, a changing room and lactation station, and a special study room with tutoring services available during the day. The Commons is a great place to get connected with other transfer students, regardless of how you get to campus.
- expand_moreCome to Dawg Daze
Dawg Daze is the University of Washington’s annual welcoming event for new and returning students. Become a part of the UW community, meet new students and start building your Husky experience!
- expand_moreGet involved with a student organization
There are many opportunities to meet people and connect your passion through the UW's wide array of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs).
- expand_moreGive back to the UW transfer community
Dawg Daze Leaders provide support for all Dawg Daze Welcome Week events. Transfer Student Dawg Daze Leaders, or Transfer Student Ambassadors, will staff the Transfer-specific Dawg Daze events, including Transfer Husky Kick-Off. If you are interested in welcoming new students to the University of Washington, especially incoming Transfer students, apply to be a Transfer Student Ambassador/Dawg Daze Leader.
The Engineering Transfer Student Ambassador program provides an avenue for prospective transfer students to connect with previously transferred students who are now studying engineering at the UW. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, contact Lauren Fryhle.
Transfer Student Stories
arrow_forward Highline College
My first move was to hang out at the CTC—it's an easy place to build a community that lasts beyond a quarter. I've also been a go-getter by joining ASUW Senate, Transfer Students United, and Furmata. These are three unique communities that I fit into perfectly and between them all I've managed to find my home at the UW. Joining ASUW Senate and then being elected the Senate Liaison to the HUB Board of Representatives has been my favorite experience thus far. While my commute has increased, and the academic rigor is heightened, the new Link light rail system lets me use some of the commute time to get a productive start on the day.
arrow_forward Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California
Huge class sizes were something new to me. Figuring out better strategies to make myself known as an individual student instead of just another face in the crowd is helping me to better succeed in these classes. The value of utilizing office hour time with professors should never be overlooked. Participating in events organized by the Office of Student Veteran Life has helped me to feel a sense of community in an otherwise unfamiliar place. Additionally, joining a Transfer FIG has connected me with other students with similar experiences to my own. In fact, one of my favorite Husky memories was competing in a campus-wide scavenger hunt with my Transfer FIG team. Also, the U-Pass is an amazing deal and can be used on virtually all public transit around the Seattle metro area: Light rail, buses, and even for discounts on Zipcars. It's a lifesaver (and a money saver!).
arrow_forward Highline College Des Moines, WA
UW has several resources that all students must know, but I think every first-year student should be aware of resources such as undergraduate advising office.When I was about to apply for my major, I was advised that I needed to retake a class that I took in college because it didn't transfer as the same class. I talked to my department adviser and he helped me to choose another that filled the requirement and I didn't have to pay for one class twice. Joining groups has helped me to meet new people and make new friends, seeking help when necessary, Talking to professors, TA's and classmates about the course materials, working in group, and using UW's resources for students effectively have all enhanced my Husky experience. Being a part of this great UW community is an opportunity that one should use effectively by making connections and being boundless.
arrow_forward Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood
I think that every student should know about the counseling center. I heard about it spring quarter, but I wish I had heard about it sooner and had been encouraged to go at least talk to someone about my first quarter. I experienced Transfer Shock, I barely overcame it, but I had my family’s love and support! Thus far, my favorite Husky memory has been attending football games with my sister.
arrow_forward Shoreline Community College
The UW is amazing. There are so many fun and amazing resources that my community college did not have. I would definitely recommend getting involved and making the most of resources on campus. Joining the Elm Hall Council helped me to feel connected to my residence hall, and I had a leadership role as a Director on the Executive Board! Going to office hours helped to build relationships with my teachers. I also took advantage of the resources at the Career Center: attending Career Fairs, going through mock interviews and receiving resume critiques. There is a lot of support on campus. Two resources students should know about include the Disability Resource Center and the Counseling Center. Transferring into the UW is hard at first but totally worth it!
arrow_forward University of Washington, Bothell
As any transfer student would know, when you transfer you are not in your major anymore and have to reapply. I knew I wanted to be in the Journalism major but there were a few new requirements at UW that I hadn't fulfilled. I think most transfer students know what they want to study or were already in their major at their old school. I encourage you to go to the advising office for your major and ask them questions. I have probably visited the Communications Advising Office 20 times, just this fall quarter. It is so helpful get your questions answered and know that you are on track.