University of Washington Admissions

The University of Washington, also known as Washington or Udub, is a public research university founded in 1861 in Seattle, Washington. Udub currently provides education to 42,907 students, both undergraduate and post graduate. The university is most notable for its prestigous acadamies, such as The National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and The Institute of Medicine.

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Admission To-Do List

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial college transcript
  • GRE scores
  • Proficient in English
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • 3.0 GPA
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • College Transcript
  • High School Transcript
  • Common Application


Essay Prompts:
Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. See more

Application Deadlines

December 1
Fall, Undergraduate
February 15
Fall, Graduate
September 1
Winter, Undergraduate
December 1
Summer, Undergraduate
September 1
Winter, Graduate
December 15
Spring, Graduate
Not an Admission quarter for Freshman
Spring, Undergraduate

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Advice on Personal Statement for University of Washington Admissions

The University of Washington personal statement should be about who you are as an individual. Don't take the time to talk about what the committee will already read on your application. You can choose to write about a character defining moment, a significant challenge you faced in your life and how you overcame it, any personal hardships you have been through and what you learned from it, or any cultural awareness you developed. Personal stories are always welcomed by the committee. Make sure to be creative and original.