First Year Students

Your Application

Your Application

We are excited that you are interested in the University of Washington Bothell and thinking about joining our Husky family! Information on how to start your online application is below. If at any time you have questions, please feel free to contact us by email at or at 425-352-5000. We're here to help!

What You Need to Apply

Be sure you have the following items as you start your online application:

  1. Personal Information: Name, date of birth, permanent and mailing address, email address, phone number, residency and citizenship information, parent/guardian information, income and household size.
  2. Educational Information: High school name, graduation date (or anticipated graduation date), college or university names, including dates attended.
  3. Course Grid: This grid includes all of your high school course work until this point, and your projected classes for the rest of your 12th grade year. If you are a Running Start or College in the High School student, be sure to list this on the application by indicating the college or university name.
  4. Transcripts: If you have received college level credit, an official transcript from that institution must be sent to the Admissions Office. Transcripts must be submitted in the original sealed envelope in order to be considered official. If you attended a Washington State Community or Technical College, please have your transcript(s) sent directly from the college electronically. More information can be found on the Transcripts page.
  5. Official Test Scores (with the writing sections): Request your SAT (school code: 4467) or ACT (school code: 4497) be sent directly from the testing agency.
  6. Personal Statement and Activities Log: See below for instruction and tips.
  7. Payment: The online application fee can be paid with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover) or with an electronic check (U.S. banks only). An application fee waiver can also be requested. Application fees are non-refundable. 

Steps to Application Completion

  1. Create an account and start your First Year Student Application

  2. Log in and complete your First Year Student Application

  3. Complete your Activities Log and Personal Statement

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.

UW Bothell's holistic review process takes into consideration the following:

  • Academic Preparation
  • Academic Performance
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Achievements
  • Extracurricular Activities

Personal Achievements & Characteristics

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

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.

Personal Statement and Activities Log

Below are the Personal Statement prompts and Activities Log as found in the application. As a First Year Student applicant to UW Bothell, you may choose one of the two prompts to write and submit.

Note: The Activities Log and Personal Statement prompts are only for First Year Student applicants.  Transfer students will have different Personal Statement prompts depending on the desired program.

Personal Statement

The Personal Statement is our best means of getting to know you and your best means of creating a context for your academic performance. When you write your personal statement, tell us about those aspects of your life that are not apparent from your academic record:

  • a character-defining moment;
  • the cultural awareness you've developed;
  • a challenge faced;
  • a personal hardship overcome

Directions: Choose either 1 or 2 below (recommended length: 500-650 words).

1. Discuss how your family’s experience or cultural history enriched you or presented you with opportunities or challenges in pursuing your educational goals.

2. Tell us a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

Activities Log

Using the grid provided, identify and describe up to five of the most significant activities you have participated in during grades 9-12. Your list should include activities, skills, achievements, or qualities from any of the following categories:

  • Leadership in or outside of school- e.g., athletics, student government, cultural clubs, band, scouting, community service, employment.
  • Activities in which you have worked to better your school or community.
  • Exceptional achievement in an academic field or artistic pursuit.
  • Personal endeavors that enrich the mind- e.g., independent research or reading, private dance or music lessons, weekend language/culture school.

First give a title to each activity and indicate during which grades you participated. Then write a descriptive paragraph about why this activity had meaning for you; your highest level of achievement or honor you attained; any responsibilities you had; and the contribution you believe you made to your school, community, or organization. Don't just describe the activity: tell us what it says about you (maximum 100 words).

Academic Transition Program

The Academic Transition 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 success. 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.