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!

Start your Coalition Application

  1. Create and complete your Coalition Profile
  2. Upload documents and materials (i.e. transcripts, personal statements, etc.) to your Locker
  3. Add the University of Washington Bothell to your College List
  4. Start the UW Bothell application from your College List

Note: The Coalition Application is only for First Year applicants (including Running Start students). If you are a transfer student, you can find information about your application here.

What You Need to Apply

Be sure you have the following information available as you start your Coalition profile. This section will only be filled out once.

  • Personal Information
  • Contact Information
  • Demographic Information
  • Citizenship Information
  • Family Information
  • High School Information
  • College Information

What to Expect on the Coalition Application

  1. Complete your Profile Information
    Personal information, contact information, demographic information, citizenship information, family information, high school information, college information, 9-11th grade coursework, 12th grade coursework, college coursework, official SAT (school code: 4467) and/or ACT (school code: 4497) scores sent directly from the testing agency if you desire to submit them (see January 27, 2021 test optional announcement for more information), fee waiver questions, and activities/experience.
    Note: You will only fill out profile information once.

  2. Program Selection
    In this section, you will choose the program/major that you are interested in pursuing at UW Bothell.
  3. Application Term
    Select the quarter you wish to enroll at UW Bothell.
  4. "Application Questions" Section
    Be prepared to provide information about the following:
    - Education information
    - English Proficiency
    - Ethnic identity/race
    - Foster care information (if applicable)
    - Legal and any additional names
    - Military affiliation
    - Parent/Guardian information
    - Residency
  5. "Uploads" Section
    > Transcripts

    A copy of your high school transcript is required to complete your application. You can either upload your unofficial transcript to the "Uploads" section of the application or you can mail it to our office. 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.

    > Personal Statement
    In the "Application Questions" section, you will be asked to select which personal statement prompt you have chosen to write about. On the next page, the "Uploads" section, you will upload your personal statement in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  6. Submit the application fee
    The online application fee ($60 for domestic students or $75 for international students) 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. 

Personal Statement and Activities/Experience

Personal statement

The Personal Statement (Coalition Essay) 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 one of the following Coalition Essay prompts (recommended length: 500-650 words).

  1. Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  2. Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  3. Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  4. What is the hardest part of being a student now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  5. Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Did you know?
You can also utilize our Writing & Communication Center even before you are a UW Bothell student. They work with students of all writing abilities, and will help you craft a great personal statement. Schedule an appointment with the Writing & Communication Center here.


Identify and describe up to eight of the most significant activities you have participated in throughout high school. Your list should include activities, skills, achievements, or qualities from any of the following categories:

  • Leadership in or outside of school (athletics, student government, cultural clubs, band, scouting, community service, employment, etc.)
  • 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 (independent research, music, language/culture school, reading, personal business, writing, etc.)

Identify the a category for the activity (club, sport, academic, etc.), name the activity/experience, and write a description (one sentence is required but 2-4 sentences is preferred).

Per Washington state law and University of Washington policy, all admissions evaluators are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Any statements in written materials that give an evaluator reasonable cause to believe abuse or neglect of someone under the age of 18 may have occurred must be reported to Child Protective Services or the police. Learn more about University reporting requirements