Welcome new Huskies

You’ll be faced with many choices and options on your journey to becoming a Husky. The activities on this page, however, are required. You must do all of them to enroll at the UW. If you get stuck at any point, don’t hesitate to ask for help. We’re here.

8 things you must do before coming to UW

1. Understand the offer of admission.

This part is less fun, so let’s get it out of the way first.

We think you are going to be a great Husky, but the UW reserves the right to withdraw the offer of admission if:

  • Your final records fail to show completion of required courses,
  • You failed to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing in your coursework, or
  • Our decision was based on incomplete or inaccurate information you provided in your application file.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s move on to the fun part — confirming your offer of admission.

Assigned major


You are assigned a major or pre-major designation at the time of admission. However, once enrolled, you may change your major. You’ll find it in your offer letter and on MyUW. For more information about how majors are assigned review the admission to majors page.

  • If you requested a major that has prerequisites (college courses you have to take first), is capacity-constrained, or requires that you enroll at the UW before applying to the major, you were assigned to one of the UW’s premajor designations such as pre-humanities or pre-sciences.
  • If you requested an engineering major, you were either assigned engineering undeclared or pre-major
  • If you requested computer science, you were either assigned computer science or pre-sciences.
  • You’ll learn lots more about choosing and declaring a major at Advising & Orientation.


  • If you requested a major that has prerequisites (college courses you have to take first), is capacity-constrained, or requires that you enroll at the UW before
    applying to the major, you were assigned to one of the UW’s pre-major designations, such as pre-humanities or pre-sciences.

Finish College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)

CADRs are admission requirements, so they must be satisfactorily completed before you enroll at the UW.

  • Review freshman or transfer CADRs.
  • If you are unable to fulfill UW admission requirements and conditions before enrolling, or if you plan to satisfy CADRs with different courses than the ones you specified on your application, contact Admissions.

More information about UW credits

Advanced level credit from high school?

Learn more about freshman or transfer exams for credit, like Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary (A and AS Level) Exams.

  • Students must submit official exam certificates or attested copies

Got college credits?

If you have completed college coursework while in high school or are a transfer student, the UW Office of Admissions will prepare an evaluation of your college work after receiving the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF). Advisers will need this evaluation in order to counsel you about academic requirements and courses to take at the UW.
To help us finish quickly the evaluation of transfer credit, please:

  • Pay the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the payment deadline.
  • Request that official college transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions as soon as the college has recorded your final grade and (if applicable) associate degree.
  • Bring copies of your unofficial college transcripts with you to Advising & Orientation.

As soon as transfer credit has been added to your UW record, you may view it in MyUW. Credit will be awarded prior to your A&O session.
Washington community college students can get some idea of how their credits will transfer by visiting the Equivalency Guide for Washington Community and Technical Colleges.

Complete the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR)

All new freshmen and transfer students must satisfy an English language proficiency requirement upon enrolling at the Seattle campus of the UW. This requirement differs from both the English requirement for admission (CADR) and the UW’s graduation requirements in English composition and writing. Most students will have satisfied this requirement with qualifying standardized test scores or associate degrees. To learn more, visit the ELPR website.

2. Accept the offer of admission & pay the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF)

If you wish to accept the offer of admission, you must confirm your enrollment by paying the $338 New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF). You will first need to create a UW NetID (see #3).

Confirm and pay

NOTE: You may not defer your admission to another entry term.
The offer of admission is valid only for the quarter indicated on your offer letter. If you are unable to attend the UW at this time but wish to enroll for a future quarter, you will need to file a new application and meet all requirements and deadlines. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Can I defer the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF)?
If you are unable to pay the NSEOF, you may request to defer the cost if you’ve submitted a FAFSA or WASFA and you are eligible for the Pell Grant program or you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from paying at this time. Requests are evaluated individually. Please note, GET funds may not be used to pay the NSEOF so we encourage you to plan accordingly. Veterans wishing to defer the NSEOF should contact the Veterans Educational Benefits Office for more information.

More information about the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF)

What is the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF)?

The $338 new student fee is a mandatory, one-time fee that all entering undergraduates pay to confirm their enrollment and reserve a space at the UW. This fee — paid by all new undergraduates —supports many transition programs.

  • Paying the NSEOF or requesting an NSEOF deferral (Pell eligible U.S. students only) is the only way to confirm your enrollment at the Seattle campus of the UW. Enrolling or participating in any other UW program — such as on-campus housing, the Honors Program, financial aid, ROTC — does not confirm your enrollment at this campus.
  • Once submitted, the NSEOF is neither refundable nor is it transferable to another quarter, to another person, or to another UW campus, even if you later decide not to enroll at the UW.
  • If you applied to more than one UW campus, you may accept only one offer of admission; you may not confirm at more than one campus.

I’m an international student. How do I pay the New Student Enrollment & Orientation Fee (NSEOF)?

If you do not have a U.S. checking account or you live outside of the U.S., you may choose to pay the NSEOF via FlyWire or Western Union.

  • If your NSEOF deferral is approved, the fee will be due with tuition on the third Friday of the quarter.
  • If your NSEOF deferral request is approved but you do not enroll, your payment is still an obligation and due by these dates.
  • If your NSEOF deferral request is denied, you will be notified via your UW email and instructed to pay. Your admission to the UW is not confirmed until payment is received and accepted.
  • International students are not eligible for an NSEOF deferral.
  • Confirm your enrollment and request the NSEOF deferral online.

If your NSEOF deferral request is approved, the expense becomes a financial commitment (a debt you owe) to the UW from that point forward, even if you later decide not to enroll at the Seattle campus of the UW. The NSEOF deferral request is not a deferral of your admission to the UW.

3. Create UW NetID

A UW NetID is simply our term for your username at the UW.

  • With a UW NetID, you can register for classes, apply for housing, add money to dining accounts, view financial aid status, and much more.
  • Your UW NetID will also be your username for UW email. It’s yours forever, so choose wisely.
  • A UW NetID is the only way to gain access to MyUW, your personal gateway to the UW’s web resources.


4. Reserve an Advising & Orientation (A&O) session

You are required to attend an A&O session before registering for classes.

During A&O, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the UW, giving you time to connect with other students, learn about campus and its resources, meet with academic advisers, and register for classes.

As you consider which session to attend, please keep in mind:

  • You must submit proof of immunization before you can attend your A&O session.
  • The length and requirements of your A&O session will depend on whether you are a freshman or transfer student AND whether you are a U.S. or international student. (See First Year Programs for details.) Full attendance at your entire A&O session is required.
  • While all students will register for classes during A&O, class time options will begin to fill on a first-come first-served basis. Signing up for the earliest possible A&O program will give you the widest selection of classes.
  • A&O programs are for entering students only.
  • Prior to your A&O session, see if you need to take any placement tests. You will not have time during your A&O session to take placement tests. Please take placements tests in the morning before the first day of A&O.
  • Transfer and Running Start students, don’t forget to bring unofficial copies of your most recent transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education to your A&O session.

U.S. students

U.S. students are required to sign up for an on-campus A&O session. You may register for an A&O session once you have paid your New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF). There are no additional prerequisites to signing up for the A&O session that works best for you.

International students

Once you have paid your New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF), international students can sign up for any on-campus A&O session.

  • International freshmen may select a hybrid (online and on-campus) session if you are unable to attend an on-campus A&O session due to visa/travel restrictions . See First Year Programs for details.
  • International transfer students must attend an on-campus A&O session for transfer students during the summer.

International students studying in the U.S. with an F-1 student or J-1 scholar visa must complete the International Student Services Online Information Session before attending A&O. You will not be able to register for classes during A&O if the ISS Online Information Session has not been completed.


5. Send proof of immunity

To keep you and the entire UW community healthy, first-time students are required to provide proof of immunity to certain diseases. For autumn 2019, complete the required UW form and submit it, along with any other needed documentation, through the online portal by August 31, 2019.


6. Consider your living and dining options

If you choose to live on the UW campus, you’ll be surrounded by social and learning opportunities that make the Husky Experience your own adventure. We focus on making a comfortable home for you, so you can focus on studying, making friends, and becoming a part of campus life.


Other living options

 Your dining experience

Whether you are visiting one of our restaurants or grabbing an espresso on the way to class, we want you to have a great customer experience when dining with us. Through our commitment to the environment and our local community, we strive to bring the best of local products to the UW.


7. Send your final transcripts

You are required to send your final official transcripts — showing all completed coursework.

Due dates for final transcripts

  • January 10 for winter quarter
  • April 10 for spring quarter
  • July 15 for summer and autumn quarter

The UW reserves the right to withdraw the offer of admission if:

  • Your final records fail to show completion of required courses,
  • You failed to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing in your coursework, or
  • Our decision was based on incomplete or inaccurate information you provided in your application file.

8. International students

Additional steps

Request an I-20 or DS-2019

Once you have paid the NSEOF, submit the documents below to request an I-20 for the F-1 student visa or DS-2019 for the J-1 scholar visa. All four documents are required and must be submitted electronically through the online submission portal. Keep original documents for your records. Do not mail forms or documents to Admissions.

Questions? Here are answers to the most commonly asked I-20 questions.


Sign up for an Embark session

In addition to your A&O session, all new international students on F-1 or J-1 visas are required to attend one Embark session during FIUTS International Welcome Weeks. Multiple dates will be available to choose from during the International Welcome Weeks but all students must register for a session in advance. The required Embark session will focus on immigration information and your transition to the UW and the U.S. All other workshops, activities, and events that are part of the International Welcome Programs are strongly encouraged but optional.


Sign up for health insurance

Federal and state laws require that international students maintain adequate health insurance coverage while enrolled in courses at the UW. All matriculated students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP). You will sign up for your preferred insurance options when you register for classes during your A&O session.

Review the details of ISHIP carefully, including effective dates of coverage. We strongly encourage you to purchase insurance for 12 months (a full year) so you are covered whether or not you are enrolled each quarter. If you plan to arrive in the U.S. before the effective date of the UW insurance plan, you should buy supplemental insurance to cover this period. Make every effort to be insured during your entire stay in the U.S., including your vacation quarters.

Waiver Eligibility & Health Care at the UW

FIUTS Welcome Week Homestay Program

If this is your first time studying and living in the U.S., a FIUTS Homestay will provide you with a local host for 7-10 days who can assist you during your transition while you learn your way around the Seattle area. This program is not designed for students who have previously lived or traveled extensively in the U.S. or who have friends and family in the area.


Decline the offer of admission

If you choose not to attend the Seattle campus of the UW, we appreciate you letting us know.