A freshman applicant is one who has not attempted college course work after leaving high school, excluding the summer following high school graduation.  This classification includes participants in the Washington State Running Start Program as long as they do not enroll in addition college courses after graduating from high school and before enrolling at University of Washington Bothell.

Admission Policy

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 academically talented group of applicants requires a selection process that looks 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 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.  Factors considered include rigor of curriculum; grades and test scores; activities or accomplishments; educational goals; life experiences, such as growing up in an unusual or disadvantaged environment; family educational background and socioeconomic status; special talents; and cultural awareness.  The list is not exhaustive, and the factors are not of equal weight; moreover, no single factor is sufficient to confer admission.

How to Apply

Students are encouraged to apply online for expedited application processing.  Applicants who choose not to apply online may download a PDF version of the application form from the web site or request a copy from the Office of Admissions. 

Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA; submit official SAT (with Writing section) or ACT (with Writing section) test scores and the completed application in order to receive admission consideration.  For more information on the application process, please visit

High School Core Subject Requirements

To ensure that students entering the University have an appreciation for the liberal arts and are adequately prepared to succeed in college, all freshman and transfer applicants are required to complete a minimum level of preparation in six subject areas.  These areas are known as the core subject requirements.  Most applicants will satisfy these requirements through high school course work.  The core subject requirements must be completed prior to enrolling at UW Bothell.

A passing grade must be received in all core subject requirements. This includes a Pass in a course taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis.

English: 4 Years

If taken in high school:

Four years of study are required, at least three of which must be in college-preparatory composition or literature.

NOTE: English courses taken in another country are considered equivalent to ESL unless taken in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

If made up through college course work:

College course work must be at the 100 level or higher. For the composition/literature component, generally any course with an English or Writing prefix is acceptable.

NOTE: English courses are considered equivalent to ESL unless taken in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Mathematics: 3 Years

If taken in high school:

Three years of study are required, at least at the level of algebra, geometry, and second-year algebra.

If made up through college course work:

If your high school preparation in mathematics was insufficient, you must complete one of the courses listed below:

Social Studies: 3 Years

If taken in high school:

Three years of study are required in history or in any of the social sciences, e.g., anthropology, contemporary world problems, economics, geography, government, political science, psychology, sociology.

If made up through college course work:

Courses in the social sciences - e.g., anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology-will count toward the requirement.

Science: 2 Years

If taken in high school:

Two years of study are required. Applicants must complete one full year - both semesters in the same field - of the basic principles of biology, chemistry, or physics, with a laboratory experience. The principles of technology course taught in Washington state high schools may also satisfy the laboratory science requirement. The second year of science may be completed in any course that satisfies your high school's graduation requirement in science.

If made up through college course work:

College science courses with a lab will count toward the laboratory science portion of the requirement. Any course in astronomy, atmospheric science, biological structure, biology, botany, chemistry, environmental science (but not environmental studies), genetics, geology, oceanography, physical anthropology, physical geography, physics, or zoology will count toward the second-year requirement, as will introductory courses in biological or physical science.

Foreign Language: 2 Years

If taken in high school:

Two years of study are required. The two years must be completed in the same language.

If made up through college course work:

For purposes of admission, each quarter of language in college is considered equivalent to one year in high school. Applicants who have never studied a foreign language will need to complete ten quarter credits of a single foreign language. However, an applicant who studied French for one year in high school needs to complete only the second 5 quarter credits (e.g., FREN 102) or the second 3 semester credits of a first-year language sequence. Of course, you may prefer to begin with 101 to refresh your memory.

Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts: 1/2 Year

If taken in high school:

One-half year or one trimester of study is required in the fine, visual, or performing arts, to be chosen from art appreciation, band, ceramics, choir, dance, dramatics performance and production, drawing, fiber arts, graphic arts, metal design, music appreciation, music theory, orchestra, painting, photography, print making, or sculpture. Courses generally not acceptable include architecture, color guard, creative writing, drafting, drill team, fashion design, foreign languages, interior design, sewing, speech, web design or graphics, woodworking, & yearbook

If made up through college course work:

Two quarter credits (or 2 semester credits) chosen from any of the following subjects will satisfy the requirement:

Courses in architecture are generally not acceptable, except for those in architectural history.

Electives in Core Subjects 1/2 Year

If taken in high school:

One half year of study is required. Academic electives are courses in any of the six subject areas (defined above) beyond the minimum number of years specified above.

If made up through college course work:

Three quarter credits (2 semester credits) chosen from the six subject areas described above count toward this requirement.

In general, five quarter credits (or three semester credits) in a college-level course equal one year of high school study. If you completed a portion of the core requirements via high school course work, you can complete the balance of the requirement via college course work. A college course may be used to satisfy both an admission core requirement and a UW Bothell graduation requirement.

Grading Restrictions

In general, you must attain at minimum a passing grade (including 'D') to satisfy a core subject requirement. Also acceptable is a grade of 'Pass' in a course taken on a 'Pass/Not Pass' basis. However, if you are completing core subjects through college course work you are strongly encouraged to choose a letter or numerical grade, because you may later want to apply core courses towards requirements for your major or University or college graduation requirements, for which grading restrictions pertain.

Applicants using a college course to satisfy the mathematics requirement must complete one of the courses listed below:

Homeschooled Students

The University of Washington Bothell welcomes homeschooled students to apply for admission.  Homeschooled students are expected to meet the core subject requirements, submit official SAT or ACT test scores, and an official transcript documenting all coursework studied between grades 9 - 12.

Homeschooled applicants must present a homeschooled 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 must also be validated in the four core subject areas listed below. (No testing is required for social studies or arts.) Homeschooled applicants must submit official test scores for validation.

English - Covered by SAT or ACT with Writing

Mathematics - Covered by SAT or ACT with Writing

Science - Covered by ACT sub score. If using SAT for admission, further validation is required.*
Only one exam in chemistry, biology or physics is required.

Foreign Language - Further validation required*.

*SAT Subject Tests, ACT sub scores, Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams

Please note:

AP, IB, College in the High School and Running Start

UW Bothell encourages and recognizes students who complete advanced coursework in high school through AP, IB, College in the High School, Running Start or any other dual enrollment programs granting college credit. 

College credit will be awarded to students who receive sufficient scores on the AP and IB exams.  Minimum scores have been set for each subject area.  Generally, student must receive a minimum of a 4 on most AP exams, and a minimum of a 5 on IB exams.  Please review the scoring charts at

Students participating in Running Start and/or College in the High School will receive a college transcript from the institution granting the credit.  Official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions in order for the credit to be transferred to UW Bothell.

International Freshman

An international student is an applicant who is not a United States citizen or permanent resident and plans to attend a college, university, or other post-secondary education institution in the U.S.  This includes applicants that hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or other nonimmigrant classifications.

International students who have not completed any college credit after completing secondary school should apply as a freshman.

English Proficiency Requirement

All international freshmen applicants must provide proof of English proficiency by providing scores that meet the University's minimum on one of the following exams:

Exam Title Minimum Scores for Admissions Consideration
TOEFL - internet based 70* Reading, Writing, & Listening sections only>
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL paper-based 580
UW Administered Michigan Language Test (MLT) 90
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7

*For the internet-based TOEFL only, the minimum scores required are based on the combined total of the Reading, Listening, and Writing sections. The Speaking section of the test is not used in the admission review at this time.

TOEFL scores are only valid for 2 years

The University of Washington Bothell has partnered with the University of Washington Seattle English Language Programs to offer a conditional admissions program for freshman pursuing an undergraduate degree at UW Bothell.  This program is for students who do not meet the minimum English Proficiency requirement(s) for admission, but are otherwise admissible.

After successful completion of the UW Seattle Campus Intensive English Program requirements, applicants do not have to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or other standardized test scores as proof of language proficiency to UW Bothell.


Transcripts from schools outside the United States must be evaluated by an independent evaluation service. UW Bothell does not have the resources to perform detailed evaluations of international transcripts. Below is a list of independent credential evaluation services endorsed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES).

The evaluation will verify the accreditation of the school and establish the credit equivalencies.  Please request an evaluation from an approved evaluation service, and have an official copy sent directly to UW Bothell.

Financial Statement

Part of the application process requires all international students to submit a Declaration of Finances along with an official bank statement dated within 6 months of the application period.  In order for ISS to process the I-20, international students need to submit documentation verifying they have sufficient funds to attend the University.