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Personal Information and Records
How do I find out my UW alumni number? Is it the same as my UW student number?
Your alumni ID number is different than your student number. Your alumni ID can be up to 10 digits. Here's four ways to find out your alumni ID number:
- Your alumni number is printed on your UW Alumni Association membership card, if you're a member. (See an example)
- It's listed on the mailing label of Columns, the alumni magazine, if you receive it in the mail. (See an example)
- If you have a NetID, you can log-in to myuw.washington.edu—your ID number is listed under the "Alumni" tab.
- You can call the UW Alumni Association during regular business hours at 206-543-0540 or 1-800-289-2586.
How can I change my address or other information?
If you've have any updates, ranging from moving to a name change or a new e-mail address, you help us keep your alumni record current by filling out a change of address form.
How do I get access to my UW transcripts?
Former students and alumni who attended classes in 1983 or later can order official and unofficial transcripts online. You will need a UW NetID to do this—see below for more details on obtaining a UW NetID.
UW Alumni Association
What is the UW Alumni Association?
The UW Alumni Association seeks to reach, connect and celebrate alumni and friends of the University of Washington to build lifelong relationships, and to support the University's mission. Nearly a third of the school's living graduates—more than 55,000—are members, making the UWAA one of the largest alumni associations in the nation.
Members of the UWAA are eligible to receive a number of benefits and services. Get exclusive access to University facilities and invitations to popular events. Stay connected to fellow alumni and friends, help raise money for student scholarships and get hundreds of great discounts at shops and restaurants all across the country. Learn more about UWAA membership.
Who is eligible to join UWAA? I didn't graduate from UW—can I join the UWAA?
Anyone is eligible to join the UW Alumni Association. While the largest portion of members are UW alumni, if you're interested in supporting the university and taking advantage of the unique membership benefits, you're welcome to join no matter your background.
What types of memberships does the UWAA offer?
Standard membership levels are annual and life. Within both of these categories, the UWAA offers discounted memberships to young alumni (UW degree holder within 5 years of graduation date) and seniors (UW degree holder 65 years of age or older). Joint memberships are available to partners living in the same household.
Special memberships are also available to new graduates. If you graduated within the last six months you can sign up for the New Grad Membership Pack.
Can alumni get discounted football or basketball tickets?
Sometimes the UWAA does have discounted tickets to sporting events, but it varies from year to year. The athletic department provides the UWAA with blocks of tickets that are usually available only online. Check the "Cheer" section of the UWAA Web site for any current ticket offers.
Other Alumni Groups
- College of Built Environments
- College of Education
- School of Public Health
- School of Social Work
- UW Bothell
- UW Tacoma
- College of Arts & Sciences
- Department of Communication
- Michael G. Foster School of Business
- School of Dentistry
- College of Engineering
- School of Forest Resources
- Information School
- School of Law
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy
- Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs
- Office of Minority Affairs
Don't see your school or college? See the UW's list of departments and connect with yours today!
Online Services - UW NetIDs
What is a UW NetID and why should I get one?
UW Technology provides detailed information on what a UW NetID is and how it works. As to why, you might want to show your pride in your alma mater by using a UW e-mail address, or you might want to use an online service for career networking or lifelong learning. It's also necessary if you want to use the Alumni Directory or to order a transcript online. It's the best way to get access to everything UW offers online.
Who is and who is not eligible to get a UW NetID?
Most alumni and UW Alumni Association members are eligible for a UW NetID, but not all. Alumni and member populations that MAY NOT BE eligible for a UW NetID include:
- Degreed alumni of UW with no Social Security Number and no Student ID number on file with UW.
- Non-alumni members of UWAA with no Social Security Number and no Student ID number on file with UW.
I'd like to sign up for a NetID, where do I go?
Go to the Get Your UW NetID site. Follow the prompts. If you're an alumni or UWAA member, the system will ask for your last name and alumni ID number. If you don't know your ID number, see the Personal Information FAQ above. If you get an error message when trying to register, it may be that we don't have the proper information on file for you. Please contact the UWAA for assistance.
I had a NetID when I was a student. Can I still use it?
Yes. When you choose a NetID it's yours for life. If you can't remember what it was or are having trouble logging in, you can contact UW Technology's Help Desk for assistance.
What do I do if I've forgotten my UW NetID password?
UW Technology provides information on how to reset your UW NetID password.
Online Services - E-mail and More
What computer and e-mail services are available to UW alumni and UWAA members?
New: All alumni and former students can now sign up for new, improved e-mail services for all alumni! We've partnered with Microsoft and Google to offer two free (and ad-free!) e-mail systems especially for UW. Learn about our free alumni e-mail services. Also, as mentioned above, alumni can sign up for a UW NetID which can be used for a variety of online services.
I'm a UW student. What happens to my e-mail and NetID when I graduate?
First off, your UW NetID is yours for life. You'll also be able to continue to send and receive e-mails from your UW e-mail address as well as access other UW online services, such as UW Alumni Association programs and ordering transcripts online. However, to continue your service uninterrupted, you'll want to follow the instructions provided by UW Technology. They will contact you a few weeks before your student services expire (usually about one quarter after you graduate). The e-mail notice will explain in detail which services do and do not expire. Typically, your storage space will be reduced and you will no longer have access to publish a web page, access UW Libraries databases, etc.
If you don't take any action upon graduating, you can always sign up later as an alumnus, but you will lose any stored e-mails or Web sites you may have had access to as a student. UW Technology provides a fact-sheet with complete details about the transition from student to alumnus.
If you've graduated, but are employed by the University, you'll continue to have access to all online services offered to UW staff. This typically is very similar to what students can access.
UW Technology is currently testing a new service for alumni called UW Outlook Live. It's an easy way to keep using your UW e-mail address. See the question below for more details.
I've been using MyUW.net, but heard it's changing. Can you tell me how?
As of May 2008, charges have stopped for premium MyUW.net service. No new customers are being accepted into the premium level service. New MyUW.net customers can only sign up for the basic service. The UW is no longer offering dial-up modem access for MyUW.net customers.
On September 1, 2009, existing premium service accounts were reconfigured. Web publishing service and file storage/Unix shell access were terminated.
Since September 1, 2009, premium service accounts are identical to basic accounts, except that premium accounts will have 1000 MB of storage space. Basic accounts will continue to have 2 MB of storage space. The details can be read here.
What services are available for mobile computing devices?
The m.UW program allows you to connect to UW resources on your mobile device. Use the UW mobile suite of apps to find contact information for people at UW, find your way across campus, and keep tabs on sports scores as they are updated.
Don't have an iPhone, iPod touch or Blackberry? Use Windows Mobile or a "text phone?" Just point your phone's web browser to m.uw.edu and you'll have access to much of the same information as the iPhone and Blackberry apps.
Do you have an online alumni directory? I want to connect and network with alumni/find my old friends, where do I start?
Yes, we have a directory and plenty of other ways to connect with other Huskies! Here's a quick summary:
- Online Alumni Directory - The UWAA Online Alumni Directory is a searchable database of alumni. Any alumnus/a can find his or her own record, update it and adjust settings to display all, some or no personal contact information. Searching the directory is a benefit of UWAA membership. You'll need a UW NetID to access the directory.
- Connect on Facebook - Join the thousands of other Huskies who have become fans of the UW Alumni Assocation. We'll keep you updated on the latest new, plus you never know: some of your old friends might be fans as well.
Who receives Columns Magazine?
Columns is available to everyone in its online edition. Most graduates with a 4-year degree from UW or any UWAA alumni member will automatically receive the print edition of Columns magazine. Graduates with certificate program degrees or 2-year Master's degrees may only receive the magazine by joining the UWAA. If you formerly received the print edition and no longer do, you may opt to again receive Columns by mail.
How often is Columns published?
It is a quarterly publication, mailed out the first week of December, March, July and September. The online edition launches approximately the 1st of each of those four months. You can always access Columns online for free, including our extensive archives of back issues. Visit the Columns site.
Can I be added to the Columns mailing list if I'm not a UW alum?
The only way to be added to the mailing list if you did not attend or graduate from UW is to join the UWAA.
How can I get extra copies of Columns?
The UWAA is happy to provide a complimentary copy of the current issue of Columns. Send your request to email@example.com. Because of limited availability, we cannot provide back issues except under special circumstances.
What job search and other career services are available to alumni?
Career services are available to alumni through the UWAA's Careers & Networking program and UW Career Services. Services include career counseling, job listings, workshops and seminars, and more. Learn more about resources available to alumni.
What is Husky Career Network?
Husky Career Network features more than 5,000 UW alums and friends worldwide who have volunteered to assist fellow Huskies with career exploration. Hosted by the UW Alumni Association, Husky Career Network is a University-wide program that partners with numerous academic units and stretches across all three UW campuses. For alumni looking to give back, it's a chance to get involved and help fellow Huskies. For alumni and students looking for career assistance and advice, it's an opportunity to explore the vast resources and wealth of knowledge provided by thousands of UW alums and friends. Start searching the network today (requires a UW NetID).
Who do I contact to make a donation or ask about a donation that I previously made?
All inquiries about donations should be directed towards the UW Foundation:
- UW Foundation
1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101-1116
How do alumni register for classes?
Alumni older than 60 can join the Access Program to take classes. Otherwise, it is necessary to enroll as a regular student to take classes.
How can I verify that someone received a degree from UW?
The University of Washington maintains an online Degree Validation page. Please note that this only lists graduates after 1983 and does not include alumni who have restricted their directory release information. You can also contact the UW Office of the Registrar at 206-543-8580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.