Before You Apply

Home Schooled Applicants

The University of Washington Bothell values all forms of learning. Homechooled students bring a myriad of unique qualities to our campus, and we welcome their interest in  UW Bothell. The Office of Admissions provides the following guidelines to assist homeschooled applicants in becoming eligible for admission consideration.

College Academic Distribution Requirements

All First Year and Transfer Student applicants are required to meet minimum high school subject requirements as set by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)  and the faculty of the University of Washington. These requirements are explained in detail on the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) page.

Required Documents

Homeschooled applicants must present a homeschool transcript that includes course titles of each subject studied, duration of study, a short description of content, and grade or assessment of performance. Preferably, courses completed at home would adhere to a nationally recognized homeschooled curriculum.

Homeschool course work in the four CADR subject areas listed below must also be validated through testing. (No testing is required for social studies or arts.) Homeschooled applicants must submit official test scores for validation by the January 15 First Year Student priority application date.

  • English - Covered by SAT or ACT with Writing
  • Mathematics - Further validation required.*
  • Science - Covered by ACT subscore. If using SAT for admission, further validation is required.*
    Only one exam in chemistry, biology or physics is required.
  • World Languages - Further validation required*.

*SAT Subject Tests, ACT subscores, Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams

Please note:

  • UW Bothell cannot provide minimum required scores, as each homeschooled applicant presents a unique case. Each applicant is assessed holistically in the context of a comprehensive record.
  • CADRs completed at a college or high school do not require further validation; however, official transcripts are required.
  • Submission of high school diploma or GED is required.

Other Admission Criteria

Scores from the ACT or SAT are required of all applicants.

Homeschooled students who take courses such as science or other courses must provide a high school transcript for those courses. For those who do not provide graded course work completed at a high school, greater weight will be placed on scores from college admission and on the Writing Section.


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