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Postbaccalaureate Students


CONTENTS       Admission
Matriculation requirement
Residence requirement
    Students whose prior degree was earned at the UW
Major requirements
Satisfactory progress
Tuition
Minors
Graduation requirements
    High school deficiencies
    Basic skills requirements
    Areas of Knowledge
    Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory
High scholarship notations
The degree application

   

    A postbaccalaureate ("fifth-year") student has already earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and is returning to college to complete additional undergraduate coursework. At the UW, postbaccalaureate students are usually pursuing a second baccalaureate degree, or completing coursework required for application to graduate school or a professional program such as medical school.
  
  

Admission

    The postbaccalaureate applicant must submit official transcripts from all four-year colleges attended before receipt of the bachelor's degree, but does not have to submit high school or community college transcripts or test scores. Records of any community college, postbaccalaureate, or graduate coursework, although not required, might prove useful in gaining admission. A former UW student who first enrolled at the UW more than nine years ago must submit transcripts from schools attended prior to UW enrollment.

Postbaccalaureate admission is limited. When the applicant cannot demonstrate a need to matriculate at the UW beginning the quarter requested -- for instance, if s/he can complete the desired courses elsewhere -- the chance for admission will be less.

Application files are evaluated by the Postbaccalaureate Review Committee (PRC) with the following factors considered: overall GPA, GPA in coursework related to the intended area of study (high aptitude should be indicated), a statement of purpose demonstrating reasonable academic and professional plans, optional letters of recommendation (preferably from academicians), an explanation of the applicant's GPA if it is low, and transcripts from postbaccalaureate or graduate coursework.

All applicants must submit an academic plan, including courses required and an estimate of the number of quarters the student plans to attend the UW. An applicant whose goal is completion of a major with competitive admission must submit a letter of support from the department or be formally selected by the department. Such an endorsement, however, does not guarantee admission to the University.

Some UW programs have different admission criteria for postbaccalaureate students from those used for first-degree students. For information, contact the appropriate college or department.

International postbaccalaureate applicants file an international application, not a postbaccalaureate application, and must meet the international student deadlines.

Additional information and a printable postbaccalaureate application form are available at the Office of Admission's postbaccalaueate admission website.

  
  

Matriculation requirement

    To earn a second bachelor's degree, the postbaccalaureate student must complete at least 45 UW credits as a matriculated student. If the student's first baccalaureate degree was earned at the UW, any credits from the first degree in excess of 180 may be counted toward these 45 credits -- regardless of the number of credits required for the first degree.

EXAMPLE: A student completes a UW degree in Biochemistry, which requires 196 credits rather than 180, with exactly 196 credits. The student then returns to complete a second degree in Microbiology. This student can use 16 credits from the first degree toward the minimum 45 credits required for the second degree. If the second degree is a program requiring more than 180 credits, the matriculation requirement is still 45 UW credits, and any excess credits from the first degree, if it was granted by the UW, may be applied. Again, more credits may be required to complete the required courses.

To earn two UW degrees (a double degree), a postbaccalaureate student must present at least 90 UW credits taken as a matriculated student. Again, if the student's initial baccalaureate degree was earned at the UW, excess credits from this degree may be counted.

For a list of courses that count toward this requirement see Types of Credit.

  
  

Residence requirement

    The residence requirement for postbaccalaureate student is the same as that for first-degree students. To earn a second bachelor's degree, 45 of the final 60 credits of the degree program must be UW residence credits; up to 15 nonresidence credits are allowed in the final 60 credits. An additional 10 nonresidence credits in the final 60 credits are possible by petition. In all cases, the student must complete at least 45 total UW residence credits.

Students whose prior degree was earned at the UW

If the student's first degree was earned at the UW, the student must complete 45 additional UW residence credits to earn a second degree. The student is allowed to count toward the residence requirement of the second degree any "excess" credits from the first degree-any credits over the minimum number required for the first degree, usually 180. For a list of courses that count as residence credit see Types of Credit.
  
  

Major requirements

    There is no requirement that any of the second degree's requirements be completed after the first degree is awarded. So it's conceivable that a student who has completed all, or virtually all, of his or her requirements as a part of the first degree might just have to take general electives in order to meet the residence requirement for the second degree. However, many departments require that a minimum number of credits in the major be completed at the UW, so if the student's first degree was not at the UW, s/he might have to fulfill this department requirement. If there is a question about overlap between the two majors, that is up to the department and should be the same policy that applies to students earning a double major or two simultaneous degrees.
  
  

Satisfactory progress

    A postbaccalaureate student is expected to declare a major by the time s/he accumulates 30 UW credits past the first bachelor's degree. A student may consult an adviser about a possible extension. Extensions are usually granted if the student has a reasonable chance of being admitted to the major of choice, or if the student is making reasonable progress toward a non-degree goal such as application to a professional program. There is no code for "extended postbaccalaureate;" instead the student should be coded extended premajor, extended pre-engineering, etc.
  
  

Tuition

    Postbaccalaureate and nonmatriculated students who are enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered through 499) pay undergraduate tuition. Starting in autumn 2003, those who are enrolled in one or more graduate-level courses pay Tier III graduate level tuition for their entire course program for the quarter. See the Tuition Rates website for the tuition charges.
  
  

Minors

    Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible to earn minors. If a postbaccalaureate student does complete the requirements of a minor, it won't be posted on the student's transcript.
  
  

Graduation requirements

   

High school deficiencies

High school records are not reviewed for postbaccalaureate applicants, and any outstanding core subject deficiencies do not have to be corrected.

Basic skills requirements

Postbaccalaureate students are exempt from the English composition, additional writing, quantitative/symbolic reasoning, and foreign language requirements.

Areas of Knowledge

In the College of Arts and Sciences, postbaccalaureate students must satisfy the Areas of Knowledge requirement. Often, Areas of Knowledge can be completely satisfied with courses from the first degree. Since the Office of Admissions does not prepare Transfer Evaluations for postbaccalaureate students, the adviser must read through the student's original transcripts and determine which courses meet the criteria for each Area. If the adviser is not sure how to evaluate a course, the student should be referred to the appropriate department or Undergraduate Advising.

In colleges other than Arts and Sciences, the college determines whether postbaccalaureate students must meet the Areas of Knowledge requirement.

Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory

A postbaccalaureate student may count a maximum of 25 UW credits earned on the Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grading option toward a baccalaureate degree. If the student's first degree was earned at the UW, any S/NS credits in that degree are included in the 25-credit maximum.
  
  

High scholarship notations

    Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible for high scholarship notations such as "Quarterly High Scholarship" and "Yearly Honors," or for baccalaureate honors.
  
  

The degree application

    The DARS Postbaccalaureate graduation application includes only those requirements relevant to a postbaccalaurate degree. The audit does not monitor the 45 credit residency requirement, or the 2.0 minimum postbaccalaureate gpa requirement. A notice to this effect is included in the report. Because Admissions does not transfer credits for postbaccalaureate students, advisers must make DARS exceptions to apply credits from the previous degree. Please contact DARS at dars@u.washington.edu or visit the DARS site for assistance.

Since many postbaccalaureate students graduate with 45 credits, or only a few additional credits, advisers should be sure to check that the matriculation and residence requirements have been met, as described above. Watch out for credits taken as a nonmatriculated student, distance learning, and credits earned at another UW campus.