[Provisions governing enrollment and registration are included in Chapter 102.]
|A.||It shall be the general policy of the University to admit students whose
educational backgrounds indicate their reasonable probability of success in a University
program. The Faculty Council on Academic Standards is responsible for the interpretation
of this chapter and for the development of undergraduate admission policies that will
achieve the goals outlined in Board of Regents Governance, Regent
Policies No. 4, "Policy on Admission." The
Council provides guidance to the Office of Admissions in the development of operating
policies and procedures.
|B.||The University recognizes degrees awarded by colleges and universities
which are fully accredited by their regional accrediting associations.
|C.||Undergraduate Application Process
|1)||A freshman or transfer applicant for admission
shall be required to submit an application that includes
an official transcript of his or her record in high school
and each college or university attended. (Test score requirements
are explained in Subsections 2.B.1.c and 2.C.)
|2)||An applicant for admission to post baccalaureate study must provide an official
transcript of his or her record at each college or university attended.
|3)||Failure to submit complete credentials, as indicated
in Subsections 1.C.1 and 1.C.2 above,
will be considered a serious breach of honor and may result in a denial of the student's
application or if discovered after enrollment, dismissal from the University.
|D.||For purposes of admission, an applicant's scholastic achievement in
secondary and post-secondary institutions shall be expressed by a grade-point average
computed on a 4.00 system.
|E.||A matriculated student is one who has been admitted into one of the
University's schools or colleges to pursue a program of study that normally leads
to a degree.
|1)||Regularly Admitted Student—A regularly admitted undergraduate student is one who is competitively admitted to one of the University of Washington campuses. The student may seek admission to any program, major, or degree at that campus.
|2)||Limited Admission Student—A limited admission undergraduate student is one who has been competitively admitted to a specific degree program and must choose from a limited number of courses specifically identified in his or her program. Admission is restricted to this program and does not qualify the student for admission to other degree programs of the University of Washington. To be admitted to other degree programs, the student must separately apply to be a regularly admitted student, or apply to another limited admission program. The student shall be informed by the program of any additional restrictions related to his or her enrollment.
|F.||A non-matriculated student is one whose educational objective
does not include a University of Washington degree. Permission to enroll as a
non-matriculated student implies no commitment on the part of the University
for subsequent admission as a matriculated student.
|S-B 96, April 1966; S-B 127, December 1976; S-B 129, June 1977: all with Presidential approval; AI, October 3, 1983; S-B 169, February 2002; S-B 178, May 24, 2013: both with Presidential approval.|
|A.||Undergraduate programs offered by the University lead to a bachelor's degree. Admission is competitive. In making admissions judgment, the University uses a holistic review process. This process considers such factors as high school grade-point average, courses taken, grade-point average in transferable college level course work, institution(s) attended, level of entry, scores on an acceptable admissions test when required, and personal factors such as school and community service, leadership, overcoming adversity, and family educational and socioeconomic background. The Faculty Council on Academic Standards shall periodically review and approve the holistic review process.
|B.||Admission to the University is competitive, which means
there are more qualified applicants than can be admitted.
The Provost, therefore, in consultation with the Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting (SCPB), shall determine the distribution of enrollment among freshmen, Washington community college transfer, other college transfer, and postbaccalaureate applicants, as well as the distribution of entrants between residents and non-residents of the state of Washington.
Consideration for admission is assured when the applicant fulfills the requirements in Subsections 2.B.1 or 2.B.2 below.
|1)||Freshman or Transfer Admission—The University shall consider for admission any applicant who meets
the following minimum standards:
|a)||Completion of a college preparatory course of study to include the following high school credits*:
|Total 15 high school credits of college preparatory course
*One high school credit represents a standard full year of high school course work.
|b)||A scholastic and personal record that indicates the applicant is
adequately prepared to complete a degree at the University of Washington.
|c)||Submission of scores on an acceptable admission test such as the SAT
or the ACT, unless the applicant has earned at least 40 reasonably distributed transferable
quarter-credits after high school graduation.
|2)||Transfer Agreement Admission—Students may also
be admitted to the University under the
terms of transfer agreements between the University and
community colleges of the state of Washington, provided
that they satisfy the mathematics and foreign language
requirements in Subsection 2.B.1.a above or the equivalent
college courses. Students must also satisfy the general education requirements of
a qualifying academic Associate of Arts or Sciences degree.
|C.||The University in its discretion may consider applicants for
admission who do not meet the above requirements, but are able to
submit additional evidence supportive of sufficient promise of benefiting from
or contributing to the University's undergraduate programs. Admission test
scores may be waived by the Office of Admissions when the applicant's high
school and/or college scholastic records indicate a high probability of
|D.||Denied applicants may request an additional review of their admission
files if they believe an error or omission has occurred. All supportive
documentation should be filed with the initial application. Late documents will
ordinarily not be considered after the initial decision has been made.
|E.|| Non-matriculated students may be enrolled for credit on a
space available basis to pursue limited academic objectives, but they are not
admitted to a degree program or to a department, school, or college of the
University. Non-matriculated students subsequently admitted in matriculated
status must complete at least 45 credits in matriculated status to
qualify for a degree.
|F.||Duplication of Credit
A student may not receive University credit for repetition of work at the same or at a more elementary level, if credit has been granted in an earlier course. This rule applies whether the earlier course was taken in high school or college, and whether, in the latter case, course numbers are or are not duplicated, except that when continuation of previous study is involved (e.g., foreign language), proper placement for credit in University courses shall be determined by the department that presents the subject.
|G.||The University recognizes the academic and educational benefits of a geographically diverse student body. In order that the University meet its primary obligation to residents of the state, the admissions requirements for out-of-state and international applicants are more restrictive than those of resident applicants. All successful international applicants shall have demonstrated English language competency.|
HB, 1946; S-B 78, April 1958; S-B 81, May 1960; S-B 88, May 1962; S-B 127, December 1976; S-B 129, June 1977; S-B 132, March 1979; S-B 137, June 1981: all with Presidential approval; AI, August 1981; AI, October 3, 1983; S-B 150, March 9, 1990; S-B 169, February 2002; S-B 177, April 14, 2010: all with Presidential approval.
|A.||The University gives undergraduate admission priority to applicants
seeking a first bachelor's degree. However, a student holding a bachelor's degree from
a regionally accredited institution may be admitted to one of the undergraduate colleges
as a postbaccalaureate student to pursue a program leading to a second bachelor's degree
or another appropriate objective.
|B.||An applicant's educational goals, scholastic record, and work experience are the primary
criteria for admission. Approval of the relevant department and, ordinarily, a grade-point
average of at least 2.50 in the junior and senior years of the undergraduate program are
minimum requirements for admissions consideration.
|C.||Postbaccalaureate students are not admitted to the Graduate School and ordinarily may not register for courses numbered 500 and above. Courses completed while in postbaccalaureate status normally may not be applied to an advanced degree in the Graduate School.|
S-B 90, April 1963; S-B 96, April 1966; S-B 127, December 1976; S-B 129, June 1977: all with Presidential approval; AI, October 3, 1983; S-B 169, February 2002; S-B 177, April 14, 2010: both with Presidential approval.
|A.||The University of Washington reserves the right to accept or reject credits earned at other collegiate institutions. In general, it is the University's policy to accept credits earned at institutions fully accredited by their respective regional accrediting associations, provided that such credits have been acquired through university-level courses appropriate to the curriculum for the student's degree at the University of Washington.
|B.|| The University of Washington will accept in transfer toward a bachelor's
degree no more than 90 lower-division credits. After a student has been admitted to a
University major, additional lower-division transfer credit may be allowed when:
|1)||The student requests the credit transfer;
|2)||The credit transfer advances the student toward an academic degree; and
|3)||The transfer is approved by the student's academic unit.
|C.||Special examination(s) as defined in Scholastic
Regulations, Chapter 105,
Credit by Examination, shall be required to determine
the number of credits to be accepted toward the bachelor's
degree for independent study, for work with private teachers,
and for work done in unaccredited institutions, except
as provided in Subsection 4.D below.
|D.||Credits earned by a student at an unaccredited
institution may be validated by means other than a written
examination if the chair of the relevant department(s)
so decides. Validation of credit without examinations
is restricted and subject to the same provisions as validation
by examination as defined in Scholastic Regulations, Chapter 105,
Credit by Examination,
and 1.G. Validated
credit will be accepted toward the bachelor's degree on
the same basis as credits earned by examinations.
|E.||Transfer credits shall be accepted for upper-division credit only
when earned at an accredited four-year degree-granting institution.
|F.||Credit may be granted for courses completed
in Armed Forces training schools on terms and subject
to the limitations set forth in Scholastic Regulations, Chapter 108,
Armed Forces Training School Credit.
|G.||No more than 135 credits may be accepted in transfer for a bachelor's degree.|
S-B 96, April 1966; S-B 127, December 1976; S-B 129, June 1977: all with Presidential approval; AI, October 3, 1983; S-B 169, February 2002; S-B 172, January 24, 2005; S-B 177, April 14, 2010: all with Presidential approval.
|A.||In accordance with University policy, admission to
graduate study in the University of Washington opens the opportunity
to pursue programs leading to advanced degrees. The Graduate School is
responsible for determining the requirements for admission to graduate
study. Within the limits imposed on overall graduate enrollment in the
University, admission to a specific graduate degree program is limited
to the number of students for whom faculty, staff, and facilities can
provide graduate instruction and research guidance of high quality. Each
graduate student must be admitted into a specific graduate program; the
Graduate School does not permit general graduate enrollment.
|B.||Admission to the Graduate School is granted by the Dean of
the Graduate School. Application for admission is made to the Office of
Graduate Admissions. Each applicant must submit a completed University of
Washington application form with appropriate fees and arrange for the receipt
of official transcripts by the office from all previously attended colleges,
universities, and institutes. Each department or other unit authorized to
offer a graduate degree program maintains a graduate admissions committee
consisting of not less than three graduate faculty members. The committee
receives from the Office of Graduate Admissions all completed applications for
admission to the unit. The admissions committee is responsible for the fair
and complete evaluation of applicants and for recommending to the Dean of the
Graduate School the names of applicants who are considered to be qualified for
admission. The committee is expected to maintain files and to be able to
demonstrate that full and fair consideration has been given to each applicant
|C.|| Priority for admission of applicants into a graduate degree
program is based upon the applicant's apparent ability, as determined by the
University, to complete the program expeditiously with a high level of
achievement and also upon the applicant's promise for success in his or her
subsequent career. In addition, Graduate School admission policy specifies
|1)||No practice may discriminate against an individual because of
race, color, national origin, handicap, sex, age, religious preference or
background, or status as disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran.
|2)||Sustained efforts shall be made to recruit qualified students
who are members of groups that have been subject to discrimination or are
underrepresented in certain disciplines.
|3)||Race or ethnic background or sex may be a favorable
consideration in admitting to a unit individuals from its pool of qualified
applicants. Such individual consideration is relevant where it:
|a)||Reflects prior adverse discrimination;
|b)||Has contributed to former educational disadvantage;
|c)||Involves direct knowledge of special cultural patterns or meets
special educational objectives consistent with University policy.
|4)||All applicants to a degree-offering unit shall be
processed through the same set of procedures to assure that a comparative
evaluation is made and that all applicants are evaluated on their individual
|5)||Special attention is necessary to ensure that applicants
who have a handicap that impairs sensory, manual, or speaking skills are not
penalized by any test or criterion for admission that would not accurately
reflect the applicant's aptitude or achievement level.
|6)||A current statement of admission procedures used by each unit
shall be on file in the Graduate School.
|D.||In developing a pool of qualified applicants for admission to
the Graduate School, the following factors may be taken into account by a
|1)||Undergraduate grades, especially for subjects in or closely related
to the field of the applicant's proposed graduate work (at least a "B" or
"3.00" grade average is expected).
|2)||The applicant's consistency
in proceeding through an undergraduate degree program.
|3)||Scores on the Graduate Record Examination Verbal, Mathematical, and
Analytical Tests, and on the GRE Advanced Test or other tests related to the applicant's
field and on other aptitude tests which may be required.
|4)||Personal interviews of the applicant by the department admissions
|5)||The career objectives of the applicant and the extent to which
the graduate degree program may be expected to prepare him or her for those
|6)||Written and oral recommendations from persons who are qualified to
evaluate the applicant's academic record and promise.
|7)||The applicant's degree objectives, i.e., Master's degree, Doctoral
Degree, or a Master's followed by a Doctoral degree.
|8)||The applicant's prior work experience.
|9)||The applicant's written statements. Weights given to these
factors may vary among academic units.
|E.||Admission to the Graduate School usually signifies admission into
a program of graduate study leading to a Master's degree or the equivalent, or into
post-graduate study. Admission does not imply acceptance of a graduate student into
a program of study leading to a Doctoral degree. A student becomes a candidate for
the Doctoral degree only on the completion of specific requirements intended to
demonstrate to the satisfaction of the student's unit and the Graduate School the
apparent ability of the student to progress satisfactorily through the Doctoral
|F.||Admission As a Visiting Graduate Student
|1)||Students who wish to enroll for a single summer session or a
single quarter in the Graduate School at the University of Washington, and who
intend thereafter to return to the graduate school in which they are carrying
forward their program of studies for an advanced degree, may be admitted as
visiting graduate students.
|2)||Such students must have been officially admitted to another
recognized graduate school and be in good standing and actively pursuing a
graduate program at present or during the past ten years at that institution.
They need not submit a full transcript of their credits, but must apply for
admission, pay the admission application fee, and in addition ask the dean of
their graduate school to certify as to their status on a special form titled
"Visiting Graduate Student Certificate of Status." Admission to the
University of Washington as a visiting graduate student does not guarantee
admission to any particular course of study. Visiting graduate students will be
permitted to register only in those courses for which they are judged to be
eligible by a faculty adviser or the instructor in the course, and if space is
available to accommodate their registration.
|G.||Seniors as Prospective Graduate Students
University of Washington students who are within six credits of completing their undergraduate work and who otherwise meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School may register the quarter just prior to admission to the Graduate School for as many as six credits in graduate courses in addition to their six credits of undergraduate work. This registration and these arrangements must receive prior approval by the Graduate School; however, students concerned will not be reclassified as graduates until the bachelor's degree has been granted and after their official admission to the Graduate School. Only under these circumstances may graduate work taken as an undergraduate be applied toward an advanced degree. Further registration for graduate work is contingent upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor's degree.
S-B 78, April 1958 with Presidential approval; GSM 3, March 1965; AI, May 1972; AI, October 3, 1983; SB-177, April 14, 2010 with Presidential approval.