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Admissions Update

by Carlos Williams, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

For autumn 2014, the Seattle campus offered admission to 53.2% of all Washington community college applicants. This compares to offer rates of 55.2% for high school applicants and 17.4% for applicants from four-year universities and non-Washington community colleges. The offer rate for international transfer students was 35%. 65% were from Washington community colleges.

In general, the best time to apply the University of Washington is when you are ready to enter your major. For most applicants, that’s when they’ve completed an associate’s degree and/or 90 transferrable quarter credits. Those of you interested in one of our selective majors like Engineering and Business, you should complete all of the course pre-requisites before you start at the UW as well as by the department's application deadline where appropriate. To help you plan to transfer, we have created tools such as the Academic Planning Worksheets and the online course equivalency guide for each of the Washington community and technical colleges. You can find out more about these tools and other important transfer information by visiting the Admissions website for prospective transfer applicants.

I also highly recommend that you attend one of our Transfer Thursday information sessions. On Transfer Thursday, you will learn about the admissions application process from one of our staff members. There are separate admission information sessions for international applicants as well. Moreover, many of our academic departments participate in Transfer Thursday by offering information sessions or making academic advisors available for one-on-one advising. Consult the Transfer Thursday website for more details.

Top 20 majors requested by enrolled transfer students

Business, Biology, Psychology, Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, On-line Integrated Social Sciences, On-line Early Childhood & Family Studies, Biochemistry, Nursing, English, Electrical Engineering, Art, Economics, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Anthropology, International Studies, Political Science, and Social Welfare.