How to Apply

We are excited that you are interested in the University of Washington Bothell and thinking about joining our Husky family! If at any time you have questions during the application process, please feel free to contact us by email at or at 425.352.5000.

Application checklist

✓ Find the application deadline for the quarter and major you are applying for

Depending on the quarter and major you are applying for, there may be different priority dates for application submission.

Review major application deadlines.

✓ Confirm you meet our academic requirements for admission

What requirements an applicant must fulfill (College Academic Distribution Requirements or University core subject requirements) depends on how many credits they have completed at the time of application.

Review transfer admissions requirements.

✓ Review our transfer credit policies

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to accept or reject credits earned at other institutions of higher education.

Review transfer credit policies.

✓ Use our transfer planning worksheets to help plan your path to transferring

Transfer planning worksheets will help you plan your course of study prior to transferring to UW Bothell.

View the transfer planning worksheets.

✓ Prepare your personal statement

You will be required to submit a personal statement. See the personal statement prompt below for more information.

✓ Order your transcripts for submission

You will need a copy of your official transcripts from each college or university attended and your official high school transcripts (if you have less than 40 transferable credits or completed the University Core Requirements during high school.) You can find more information about transcripts on our FAQ webpage.

✓ Fill out and submit your CollegeNet application

To apply to UW Bothell as a transfer student, you will submit an application through CollegeNet. Simply go to the link below and select “Transfer” to get started.

Start your UW Bothell Transfer application.

Tips for transferring

Plan ahead!

Meet with a UW Bothell admissions counselor and utilize the resources on our transfer planning webpages to prepare for your transfer as early as possible! Understand basic transfer requirements, and specific requirements for your intended major, so you know exactly what you need to do each quarter to be ready to transfer on schedule.

Schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor.

Meet all deadlines!

Be aware of all the deadlines that apply to programs, degrees, and services you are interested in. Your community college will have deadlines for graduation, financial aid and scholarships, as well as other programs and services that may be very different than UW Bothell’s deadlines.

View major application deadlines by quarter.

Follow instructions!

Read all the UW Bothell transfer student resources and guides, as well as everything you can about your intended major.

What you need to apply as a transfer student

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

  • 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.
  • Educational Information: High school name, graduation date, college or university names, including dates attended.
  • Official College Transcripts: We require official transcripts from each college or university attended. Transcripts must be submitted in the original sealed envelope or sent directly from the college electronically in order to be considered official. More information can be found on the Transcripts page.
  • High School Transcripts (if applicable): Required for transfer students with less than 40 transferrable college credits or who completed University Core Subject Requirements (World Languages and/or Intermediate Algebra) during high school. Unofficial high school transcripts may be used for applying to UW Bothell. If admitted, you must submit official high school transcripts. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be submitted in the original sealed envelope or be sent directly from your high school electronically. More information can be found on the Transcripts section of the FAQ webpage.
  • Payment: The non-refundable application fee ($60 for Domestic Applicants, $75 for International Applicants) can be paid online 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.
    • For students with confirmed financial hardship, the University of Washington Bothell can provide a waiver of the application fee. You may request an application fee waiver within the online application on the payment method page. The family income section must be completed prior to requesting an application fee waiver.

International students must also submit:

  • Official Credit Evaluation: For post-secondary education completed outside of the United States, we require official transcripts be evaluated by an approved agency. All evaluations must be completed with official documents sent directly to the evaluation company from the institution. For more information, visit our Transfer Credit Policies page.
  • English Language Proficiency (if applicable): All applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English proficiency. This includes international students and domestic students who completed most of their primary and secondary school outside the U.S. Please review your options for meeting the English Language Proficiency requirement.

Personal Statement

All transfer applicants must write a personal statement and submit it with their application for admission. The personal statement should be a comprehensive narrative essay outlining significant aspects of your academic and personal history, particularly those that provide context for your academic achievements and educational choices. Both the quality of writing and depth of content contribute toward a meaningful and relevant personal statement.


Your personal statement should be limited to 650 words, and it can be submitted with your application in the following ways:

  • Online: Write your statement first in a word processing program (such as Word) or a text editor, and then copy and paste it into the text box provided in the online application. All line breaks will remain. Some formatting may be lost, however, such as bold, italics and underlines, but this will not affect the evaluation of your application.
  • Attach File: Type your statement as stated above, and save it in one of our acceptable file formats (.pdf, .doc, .rtf or .txt) to upload as an attachment to your application. Include your name and the words “Personal Statement” as a heading for each page of your attached document.

Personal Statement prompts

Prompt for majors (other than those listed below) and undeclared major applicants

For majors other than those listed in the “Prompts for specific majors” below, and for undeclared major applicants, please use the following prompt: What is your intended major, and how did your interest in this subject evolve? Describe any relevant experience you have had in the field (employment, internships, military service, volunteer work, campus or civic activities, etc.) and what you have gained from your involvement. How will UW Bothell prepare you for your future endeavors?

Prompts for specific majors

If you are applying to any of the following majors, please download the prompts, as found on the application, here: