First-Year Review Process

First-Year Review Process

The University of Washington Bothell seeks students that will benefit from and contribute to the wealth of academic and cultural opportunities. Selecting students from a competitive pool of applicants requires a selection process that looks beyond grades and standardized tests.

While grades and standardized test scores are important, they only tell part of the applicant’s story. The University uses a holistic application review process 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.


Academic Preparation and 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.
  • Completion of college-preparatory courses during high school such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Running Start, or college in the high school; and or academic 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, entrepreneurial success, 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 may include:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to community service and leadership.
  • Exercising significant responsibility within the 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 for admission including Activities Log and Personal Statement is important in the application review process. We encourage you to use the application to share with the University who you are, what is important to you, accomplishments, and personal and career goals.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. First-Years can start applying for Fall term beginning September 1 and receive an admissions notification within four weeks if all required documents have been received.


Admissions Decision Appeal Process

An admissions decision may be appealed by writing the Director of Admissions:
Enrollment Management
Box 358500
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-8246


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