Transferring to the UW

Before You Apply

Are you considering attending the University of Washington as the next step on your educational journey? The UW has a lot to offer. Here's how to get started.

Make an Academic Plan

Meet regularly with an academic adviser at your current institution

Share your goals of transferring with your academic adviser early on. Work together to identify how you can reach your goals and what will need to be accomplished at your current institution to do so. Download the Transfer Roadmap Worksheet and make sure you don't miss any steps.

Attend a Transfer Thursday at the UW

Every prospective transfer student should 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. Transfer Thursday is also available as a webinar for those unable to attend in person.

Review UW Admissions' website and departmental websites

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.

Identify pre-requisite courses for intended majors and alternative majors

Read about holistic review, minimum subject requirements, the transfer GPA, AP and IB, guidelines for veterans and homeschooled students, and other essential policies affecting transfer admission.

Review academic planning worksheets and transfer equivalency guide

Print a worksheet for any major(s) you are considering and fill it out as you progress through your college work. Understand how your credits will transfer to the UW. Also check to see how your credits will transfer if you are currently enrolled at a Washington State Community and Technology College using the equivalency guide. For Washington State Community and Technology College students (CTC), use MyPlan to track how your CTC credits will transfer to the UW as well as measure your progress towards a UW degree.

Identify Application Timeline

Identify which quarter you want to transfer to the UW

Make sure your intended major offers admission for the quarter you intend to begin attending the UW by consulting MyMajor, an interactive tool for transfer students provided by the Office of Admissions. Then consult this list of application dates and deadlines.

Know UW application deadlines

The Office of Admissions provides a guide for transfer students to ensure you have all of the appropriate materials to apply. When you're ready, file the application.

Know UW major application deadline

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.

Connect with your UW Admissions counselor

Stay informed by connecting with your counselor if you have any questions about the application process.

Research Tuition and Associated Cost

Know the UW FAFSA/WASFA priority date (January 15th)

The UW’s priority date for filing the FAFSA is now January 15, rather than February 28. So, for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, your FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by January 15, 2017 for priority consideration of all of our aid programs. It is not too late to submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA. If your application is submitted after January 15, 2017, you will still be considered for federal aid, including Pell Grant and student loans.

Review UW Financial Aid net price calculator and expected family contribution (EFC) estimater

UW undergraduates receive about $400 million in financial aid per year. Over 60% of our undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. We know that many families are concerned about their ability to pay for college. This estimator service will give you an estimate of the type and amount of aid undergraduate students in similar financial situations as yours have received to attend the UW.

Stay Connected with the UW

Sign-up to receive important email reminders through UW Admissions

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!

Join the Transfer Newsletter email communications

Keep up to date by joining the quarterly Transfer Newsletter email communications. Newsletters give key updates related to the transfer process including...

  • Admission and Policy Changes
  • Transfer Campus Visit Days
  • Transfer Spotlights

Attend an event at the UW related to your intended major

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.

Meet current transfer students

Hear from current transfer students about their process of transferring and their experience at the UW. Email trengage@uw.edu to be connected with a Transfer Ambassador and also watch this video.