Before You Apply

Application Review Process

The University of Washington Bothell seeks students who can benefit from its wealth of academic and cultural opportunities and contribute to its amazing energy and rich diversity of experience. Choosing students from a very able group of applicants requires a selection process looking beyond grades and standardized tests.

While these factors are important, they tell only part of an applicant's story. The University uses an individualized application review more typically found at smaller private universities and colleges. In addition to grade-point average (GPA) and test scores, the University takes into account many aspects of an applicant's achievements and personal history.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the application is complete and true, and to be aware of all pertinent admission and application requirements. Failure to disclose complete and accurate information (e.g. all colleges/universities attended) and/or failure to submit all required application materials may result in the denial of admission or subsequent dismissal from the University.

Academic Preparation Performance

While UW Bothell looks at many factors in reviewing applications for admission, academic preparation and performance are still primary. Indicators of preparation and performance include:

  • An overall strong level of academic achievement as demonstrated by GPA, rigor of curriculum, standardized test scores, and academic distinctions.
  • Taking advantage of college-preparatory courses during high school, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Running Start, or College in the High School; or core subjects beyond the minimum required for college entrance.
  • Taking full academic advantage of the senior year.
  • Demonstrating a positive grade trend.
  • Demonstrating habits associated with independent intellectual growth such as self-guided reading, engagement with other cultures, or research activities.
  • Demonstrating exceptional artistic talent and achievement.

Personal Achievements & Characteristics

In addition to academic preparation and performance, personal achievements and characteristics can also indicate promise to benefit from and contribute to the University of Washington Bothell. These include:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to community service and leadership
  • Exercising significant responsibility in a family, community, employment, or through activities
  • Attaining a college-preparatory education in the face of significant personal adversity, economic disadvantage, or disability
  • Demonstrating cultural awareness or unique perspectives or experiences
  • Demonstrating notable tenacity, insight, originality, or creativity

The entire application, including the essays and short narrative of activities, is important in the individualized application review. Because the University receives over 2,500 First Year Student applications every year, this process takes time to complete. Some admission decisions are made as early as January, while others are made as late as the end of March. The University takes great care in assessing applications and does not rush the selection of future students. While this process requires patience on the part of many applicants, the benefit is each applicant is reviewed as an individual and not reduced to a series of numbers.

So, use the application to share with the University who you are and what is important to you. Put your best foot forward and never stop preparing for your transition to college-level studies.

Academic Transition Program

The Acadimic Transistion Program (ATP) is an option for students who may not meet the University's standards for admission through traditional measures, but show strong potential for academic sucess. Students who are selected for ATP are generally disadvantaged, low-income and first generation college students. Click here for more information.

Appealing Admission Decisions

Students who are denied admission to UW Bothell may request further consideration by presenting a written petition and additional information in support of their application.


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