Application Information

Application Deadline

Only applications that are completed by the deadline (see below), will be considered by the CSS Admissions Committee

Finishing your prerequisites in... Eligible to Apply Deadline
Autumn Winter
November 1st
February 1st
Winter Autumn May 1st (Priority)*
July 1st (Standard)**
Spring Autumn July 1st
Summer Autumn July 1st

*Decisions will not be made until the committee receives the final grades for all prerequisite courses

**Statistics may be in progress

Selection Criteria

How can I make an appointment with an Admissions Advisor?
If you wish to make an appointment with an Admissions Advisor, please call (425) 352-5279.

Application Process

The Office of Admissions can serve you better and faster if all the documents required to complete your admission file arrive together. Keep application closing dates in mind; If you attended a college or university out of state, you will need extra time for your transcripts to arrive at your home before you can mail them. If it is not possible to mail the documents with your application you may ask the school(s) to send official documents directly to our admissions office. If you have attended a Washington state community college(s), please have your transcript(s) sent electronically (not faxed).

A complete application file consists of:


Personal Statement

  • Suggested information to include in your personal statement: work experience, extracurricular activities, and unusual circumstances. Please limit your statement to no more than two double spaced typewritten pages.

Official Transcripts**

  • An official transcript is required from each college or university you have ever attended.  If you have international transcripts please contact an International Student Advisor no later than two months prior to the application deadline to ensure your application is complete.
  • An official high school transcript (You only need to send your high school transcript if you studied foreign language or intermediate algebra in high school but not in college).

Send all of your application materials in one package to:

Admissions Office
University of Washington, Bothell
Box 358500
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-8246

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Selection Criteria

Enrollment and admission into the CSSE program is highly competitive. The admissions committee uses a holistic approach when reviewing applications and takes into account, academic performance, activities outside the classroom, and the personal statement.

The admission committee pays close attention to grades in the prerequisite classes (especially programming and math). The committee will also look at other supporting documentation such as the student's personal statement. Suggested information to include in your personal statement: work experience, extracurricular activities, and unusual circumstances.

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