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Washington Administrative Code

Title 478 WAC – University of Washington


Chapter 478–160 WAC: Admission and Registration Procedures for the University of Washington

WAC 478–160–055: Admission to specific major degree programs.


Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate applicants who are qualified for admission to the university are required to enter one of the university's colleges or schools. Applicants may indicate, at the time they make application, the major degree program of their choice. However, all applicants who are qualified for admission to the university cannot always be accommodated in the college, school or degree program of their choice because of space limitations or because some prerequisites for the program have not yet been fulfilled. In such cases, applicants may be offered admission to the university in the college of arts and sciences as premajors.

In order to be considered for admission in the degree program of their choice, at a later date, such students may be required to submit a supplemental application and present additional information to the appropriate academic department or unit.

Examples of the information which might be considered may include but are not necessarily limited to the following: Achievement of at least sophomore or junior standing, grade point average, successful completion of elementary courses in the field, an audition, samples of previous accomplishments, recommendations, and test scores.

Although criteria for acceptance may vary from department to department, they are binding if all of the following conditions have been met:

(1) They are the result of action by the faculty of the department concerned and have been approved by the dean of that school or college, the faculty council on academic standards, and the president of the university.

(2) They apply to all students seeking admission to the degree program at a particular time.

(3) They have been announced through printed statements available in the office of admissions and in the advising office of the department sponsoring the program no later than the first day of the quarter (excluding summer quarter) preceding the quarter in which they are to become effective.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130. 92-12-011, § 478-160-055, filed 5/22/92, effective 6/22/92; Order 72-5, § 478-160-055, filed 11/6/72.]