For transfer students

Prospective Transfer Students

Are you interested in transferring to the UW? Please visit our Transfer Portal to get an overview of the process. 

Here is a list of things to do to best prepare to apply to the UW. 

1. Understand the transfer admissions timeline and policies

Make sure your intended major offers admission for the quarter you intend to begin attending the UW by consulting MyMajor, an interactive tool for transfer students provided by the Office of Admissions. Consult this list of application dates and deadlines and review the policies regarding transfer credits

2. Attend Transfer Thursday

Every prospective transfer student should attend an in-person or webinar Transfer Thursday session before applying for admission. 

December 20th is the UW's Transfer Student Preview Day for those interested in starting autumn quarter 2019. Learn more at the admissions website

3. Review academic planning worksheets and transfer equivalency guide

Print a worksheet for any major(s) you are considering and fill it out as you progress through your college work. For Washington State Community and Technology College students (CTC), use MyPlan to track how your CTC credits will transfer to the UW as well as measure your progress towards a UW degree.

Incoming Transfer Students

Are you entering the UW as a transfer student? Make sure you review the list of things to do on the New Students page as well as the list of questions below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I plan my schedule if I'm unable to meet with an adviser until A&O?

There are two reasons you are unable to register for classes or meet with an UW academic adviser before your A&O date

  • The evaluation of your transfer credits won't be completed until just before your Advising and Orientation date. We can't help you plan your first few quarters at the UW until we know how your previous courses have transferred.
  • Courses close as registration goes on. It can be very frustrating to put too much work into designing a perfect class schedule in June if you won't be registering for classes until August.
When can I make an appointment with an adviser?

You will meet with an academic adviser during your Advising and Orientation. You will be able to make an appointment with an adviser after you've attended orientation. 

How do I know what credits will transfer to the UW?

Once your credits are evaluated by the UW Office of Admission, you will be able to review the evaluation by looking at your Unofficial Transcript in MyUW. If you are transferring from a Washington State Community College, you should review the Equivalency Guide to see how your credits will transfer.

I got an "XX" credit, what does that mean?

Courses that are transferrable but don't have an exact UW equivalent will be posted as "X" credit. For example, an 100-level political science course might be posted as POL S 1XX if the UW doesn't teach a course on exactly the same topic. X-credit courses can be counted toward requirements. In some departments this is done automatically. You will need to contact the specific department to know what your X-credit will transfer as. 

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