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Virtual Visit with the University of Washington

Nickname: UDub

Mascot: Husky

Colors: Purple and Gold



· Located in the city of Seattle-a large city that has a college town spirit.

· All students receive the UPass which gives students free transit and students can travel the entire city for free.

· Great food scene, artists, music scene and facilities, farmers’ markets, etc. Good balance between cosmopolitan and college town.

· Close proximity to three national parks for students who like the outdoors-within an hour is Olympic National Park, Mt Rainier National Park, and North Cascades National Park

· Near many places of business that students gain internships

Explore Your World

· 600+ study abroad options around the world in 75 countries

· 9045 undergraduates participated in research

· 58% of students graduate with internships experience.

Thrive at the UW

· 1000+ student clubs Find your community no matter what you like to do

· Health and Well-Being exceptional medical care and counseling service, recreation classes, safety resources, peer advocates, and more.


· 30K undergrads

· 94% of freshmen return for their sophomore year

· 4 years average time to graduate

· 89% post-grad working or going to school

Top employers

· Microsoft

· Amazon

· Seattle Children’s hospital

· Nordstrom

· T mobile

· Intel

· Google

· Seattle Public schools

· UV Medicine

· Windermere Real Estate

· King County

· Providence Health and Servicing

· Starbucks

· Boeing

· Fred Hutch

· Swedish

Admissions Requirements for Different Majors

180 majors- https://admit.washington.edu/academics/majors/

· Open majors

o These majors are open to you when you’re admitted to the UW or anytime thereafter.

· Minimum requirements majors

o These majors have additional admission requirements. Once you’re a UW student and meet the minimum requirements, you can be admitted without further screening.

· Capacity-constrained

o Capacity-constrained majors have additional requirements and selective screening, which may include an additional application process. Completing the minimum UW admission requirements does not guarantee admission to capacity-constrained majors. With the exception of computer science and engineering, you can apply to these majors once you are a UW student.

· Pre-major standing is for anyone who isn’t going into a direct admit program (more than 90% of freshman are pre-majors) - then you apply to the program you want, some of which might have minimum requirements or capacity constraints

o Pre-major allows students to explore during gen eds

o It’s not a technical classification, it’s just a holding place until student declares a major

· Application asks for a second choice program if people aren’t accepted to first choice (so if they DON’T do that, then they may get rejected if they won’t qualify for their first choice comp sci or engineering only for non-residents) - but if they list a second choice, they will be offered that choice if it’s appropriate

Colleges/Schools at UW

· College of Built Environments

· College of Arts and Sciences

· School of Art + Art History + Design

· UW School of Medicine

· UW School of Dentistry

· Michael G. Foster School of Business

· Paul G Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering

· College of Engineering

· Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

· Daniel J Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

· School of Public Health

· School of Nursing

· School of Law

· College of the Environment

· College of Education

· The Graduate School

· The Information School

· School of Pharmacy

· School of Social Work

The most competitive majors


· Computer Science and Engineering

· Request as your first-choice major on the application.

· The likelihood of getting into these majors after freshmen year is very low.

· Business, Engineering and Computer Science are direct admit majors


· #1 Best Undergraduate Business Program in the Northwest-U.S. News and World Report, 2018

· #1 in Oceanography Center for World University Rankings, 2018

· #3 Best College for an English Degree-USA Today 2017

· # 14 in the world on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities,

Holistic Review

Academic preparation and performance

· Strong level of academic achievement

· CADRs- Core Academic Distribution Requirements (required in WA) https://admit.washington.edu/apply/freshman/cadr/

· College prep course

· Rigorous senior year

· Positive grade trend

· GPA in context to the curriculum (AP/IB/Dual Enrollment)

· COVID Related Test-Optional this year-may return later

· Pass/fail and grading changes due to COVID will not adversely affect students

Personal achievements and characteristics

· Community service and leadership

· Significant responsibility

· Significant personal adversity

· Economic disadvantage

· Cultural awareness or unique perspectives or experiences

· The depth of involvement is very important.

Admissions by the Numbers

All Applicants

· 45,581 applied

· 23,598 admitted

· 6,984 enrolled

Washington Residents (2/3 of population)

· 12,516 applied

· 7,436 admitted

· 4,452 enrolled


U.S. and International

· 33,065 applied

· 16,162 admitted

· 2,532 enrolled

Other Admissions Info

· Enrollment goals staying steady for 2021 - enroll about 7000 with the same mix of residents/non-residents - not sure if they will achieve that this year (possibly more melt, made more offers, etc.)

· Had slightly fewer applications this year than in previous years so they made more offers than in previous years

· Coalition Application only

· 80% of students will self-reports coursework

Key Dates

· September 1 UW application opens

· October 1 FAFSA and WASFA opens

· November 15 Application Deadline

· December 31 Test scores deadline

· January 15 FAFSA and WASFA priority deadline

· March 1-15 Decision notification

· May 1 Deadline to confirm acceptance

Cost of attendance

WA Residents

Academic Expenses

· Tuition and mandatory fees $11,465

· Books and course supplies $900

· Housing and food $13,296

· Personal/misc. expenses $2,265

· Transportation $468

· Total: $28,394


Academic Expenses

· Tuition and mandatory fees $38,166

· Books and course supplies $900

· Housing and food $13,296

· Personal/misc. expenses $2,265

· Transportation $468

· Total: $55,095

Admitted Freshmen Profile

Middle 50%/Autumn 2019

Washington Residents

· 3.86-3.92 GPA on 4.0 scale

· 27-33 ACT

· 1220-1440 SAT

· 600-710 V

· 610-750 M

Non-Residents (U.S. and International)

· 3.75-3.92 GPA on 4.0 scale

· 30-34 ACT

· 1370-1500 SAT

· 650-730 V

· 700-790 Math



Husky Promise

· Our guarantee that financial challenges will not stand in the way of Washington state students’ ability to achieve a UW degree

· uw.edu.huskypromise

Presidential Scholarship

· Washington Residents automatically considered. $10,000/year award applied to tuition for up to four years.

Purple and Gold

· U.S. non-residents automatically considered. Amounts vary by recipient-are given for four years and may be used only for the Seattle campus.

Honors Program

· Separate application

· Interdisciplinary program

· Very seldom take students after freshmen year.


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