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    University of Washington 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Admissions at University of Washington are highly competitive. The institute is a reputed public university awarding degrees in undergraduate, graduate, and research programs at its three campuses at Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma. According to the university survey conducted in Autumn 2019, around 45,584 applicants applied for the university and 23,606 students were admitted. Out of this, 4,238 applicants were international students. The acceptance rate of 49% makes it fairly selective and if you are an aspirant, make sure your application stands out.

    Programs offered by the University of Washington include 113 bachelor degrees, 268 Masters' degrees, 111 Doctoral degrees, nine graduate certificates, and one graduate educational specialist program offered through its 18 colleges and schools. The student retention rate of 93% itself explains the engaging study pattern of the university.

    • University of Washington does not participate in Early Action or Early Decision and may differ slightly from the usual admission process and requirements to study in an American college.
    • Postgraduate international students can apply directly through the official website.
    • Due to COVID 19, it has become a Test-Optional Institute for the admission cycle of 2021. Undergraduate applicants may or may not choose to submit SAT/ACT scores.
    • Admitted applicants in the last admission cycle had the following profile (fall 2020 entering class):
      • High school GPA: 3.72–3.95
      • ACT: 27–33
      • SAT (ERW+M): 1240–1440
      • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 600–700
      • SAT Math: 620–770


    Application Portal UG: Coalition Application
    Application Fee UG: 90 USD
    PG: 90 USD
    Mode of Payment Visa/MasterCard Credit Card
    Average GPA Required 3.72 – 3.95
    SAT Score Range (ERW+ M) 1240 – 1440
    ACT Score Range 27 – 33
    International Application Deadline Early Action/Early Decision/Regular Decision
    Type of Academic Calendar Semester
    Intake Seasons Fall, Spring, Autumn and winter
    Total Enrollment(Seattle Campus) 45,925
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    University of Washington Admission Deadlines

    All important dates and deadlines for admissions to the University of Washington is tabulated below:

    Quarter of application Quarter begins Application opens Application deadline Notification period
    Winter Early January August 1 September 1 November + December
    Autumn Late September September 1 November 15 March 1-15
    Spring Late March N/A for freshmen N/A for freshmen N/A for freshmen
    Summer Mid-June September 1 November 15 March 1-15

    Applicants must confirm the application deadlines of their respective degree programs by visiting their individual listings provided by the faculty of that program.

    The Graduate school of the University of Washington has different deadlines which must be confirmed through their respective pages.

    University of Washington Undergraduate Admissions

    University of Washington offers more than 238 well defined undergraduate programs concentrated in 122 majors and 28 fields. International students may have additional requirements for University of Washington admissions.

    Application Portal: Candidates can apply through Coalition Application Portal

    Application Fee: Application fee of 90 USD is required from all international students.

    No fee waiver is available for international students.After the submission of test scores and transcripts, students can apply further. .

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for the University of Washington admissions:

    • Completed Application
    • Official High School Transcripts
      • Must be accompanied by English translations if not in English.
    • Essay and/or SOP for US
    • Letters of recommendation to study in US
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
    • Completion of College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)
      • English: 4 units
      • Mathematics: 3 units
      • Social sciences/social studies: 3 units
      • World languages: 2 units
      • Science (including 2 credits of lab science): 3 units
      • Senior year Math-based quantitative course: 1 unit
      • Fine, visual, or performing arts: .5 units
      • Academic elective: .5 units
    • SAT/ACT Scores (Test-Optional)
    • Bank Statements
    • Verification/Affidavit of Sponsor’s Financial Support Form

    University of Washington Language Requirement

    Other than program-specific tests required to study in the USA, international students from non- native english speaking countries should fulfil English proficiency requirements. Candidates with a higher level of english proficiency will be considered as strong applicants. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University of Washington.

    English language proficiency test Scores
    TOEFL (iBT) Minimum Score – 76
    Recommended Score – 92 or higher
    IELTS Minimum Score – 6.0
    Recommended Score – 7.0 or higher

    Unless the test was taken before June 1, 2017, the graduate school of the University of Washington does not accept IELTS scores.

    University of Washington Graduate Admissions

    University of Washington enrolls over 12,000 students and offers more than 300 graduate programs though over 20 schools and colleges. It meets the high standards required to provide education in the USA.

    How to apply : All the candidates can apply through the University’s graduate application portal.

    When to apply : Varies with the program.

    Academic Requirements for International Students: Academic transcripts, certificates, English Proficiency Test Score : TOEFL, GMAT or GRE wherever applicable.

    Supporting Documents: Personal information, SEVIS ID number, SOP or objectives, etc. are basic requirements for each course.

    Here are some popular graduate programs,their deadlines and their admission requirements as per University of Washington graduate school:

    Programs Requirements GRE/GMAT International Deadlines
    MBA (Full time, Seattle Campus) Degree Statements, all coursework with grades, Resume, LORs, Video interview submission, English language proficiency, Non-refundable fee of 85 USD. Required January 8
    Master of Aerospace Engineering Relevant undergraduate degree in Aerospace related subject, GPA >3.0, resume, SOP,2 LORs, English language proficiency If applicable Priority deadline- April 1
    Autumn deadline- August 1
    MPH(Public Health)- Health Services Unofficial transcripts, 3 LORs, CV, Personal statement, core-specific prerequisites, SOP(700-1,000) and an interview with the faculty prior to application submission Required Autumn- December 2
    Accounting (MPA) at Seattle Campus Minimum GPA 3.0, minimum TOEFL iBT 100, Writing sample, essay, updated resume, LORs Required January 15

    Special focus should be given to not just grades and academics, but also the extracurricular performances. That being said, applicants must differentiate between quality and quantity. A list of achievements does not guarantee a place at this reputed college, but the quality of those achievements will definitely increase your chances .

    University of Washington Transfer Students Admissions

    Transfer students can apply for the university however, the process is not the same for all. Candidates must select a major before applying as different majors may have different application processes. Credits are also transferred from one university to another.

    How to apply: Transfer Students can refer to MyMajor to apply and select required majors.

    Academic Requirements for International Students: Students must submit English Language Proficiency test scores along with SAT and ACT scores.

    Supporting Documents: Personal Statement, official transcripts along with Mid- term reports and College reports.

    University of Washington Admission and Notification

    University of Washington majorly evaluates transcripts for all applicants therefore unofficial scanned copies of transcripts are required with online applications. Transcripts and other credentials are kept by the office of admission for one calendar year.

    Some important guidelines for transcripts submission

    • Transcripts must be sealed and signed by the issuing institution
    • Transcripts sent by Parchment and Credential Solutions are considered official.
    • Records must be sent in english or in native language along with english translations
    • Transcripts from all colleges attended must be sent even if no credits were earned. In case it is not disclosed, denial of application can be done.

    Checking the applications status

    Applicants are required to create NetID to check application status on MyUW ( it is a portal exclusively for applicants to check information regarding their application, decisions, important updates etc).

    University of Washington Expected Admission Decisions

    • Autumn seasons decision: March 1 – 15 (for majority of admissions update available on MyUW)
    • Winter season decision: November - December
    • Spring: Not open for undergraduate admissions
    • Summer: March 1-15

    Candidates can make changes in some personal information such as Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number and intended majors after submission of the application. Withdrawal of application and deletion of duplicate application is also possible.


    Ques. Does the University require GRE Scores?

    Ans. The Graduate School does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Graduate programs determine whether or not to require the GRE for the admissions review process.

    Ques. Are official transcripts required?

    Ans. The Graduate School does not require you to send official transcripts during the application process.

    Ques. How can I request I-20 for an F-1 Visa?

    Ans. You will receive access to the UW I-20 Request Form after accepting your offer. If you would like to review the steps in advance, please visit Admitted International Graduate Students.

    Ques. The SAT and ACT canceled exam dates this year. Will the UW still require the SAT or ACT for autumn 2021 applicants?

    Ans. With the reduction of testing dates globally, the UW will not require SAT or ACT scores for any autumn 2021 freshman applicant or beyond. 

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