Transfer Students

Transfer Admission Requirements

Are You a Transfer Applicant?

A transfer applicant has attended a college or university after high school graduation (summer excluded) but has not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. (Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree should apply as a post-baccalaureate student).

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the application is complete and true, and to be aware of all pertinent admission and application requirements. Failure to disclose complete and accurate information (e.g. all colleges/universities attended) and/or failure to submit all required application materials may result in the denial of admission or subsequent dismissal from the University.

Students who are denied admission to UW Bothell and wish to appeal the decision may request further consideration by presenting a written petition and additional information in support of their application.

Minimum Admission Requirements

All transfer applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admissions:

  1. Minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.0.
  2. Supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, personal statement, etc. - varies by major program).
  3. Completion of CADR or core subject requirements (see below).
  4. Proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Please note: Minimum requirements are offered as a guideline and do not guarantee admission if met. Please review the material on the degree web pages carefully to prepare a competitive application that exceeds the minimum requirements.

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

Applicants with Fewer Than 40 Credits

To be considered for admission, applicants with fewer than 40 transfer credits at the time of application are required to complete a minimum level of preparation in six subject areas of the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) through high school or college course work prior to entering the University. These applicants must submit their official high school transcripts (even if they did not graduate, high school academic history can be used to satisfy CADR requirements). 

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Applicants with More Than 40 Credits

Applicants with close to 90 transfer credits should choose a major at the time of application. Applicants with 135 or more credits must choose a major. Prerequisites must be completed or be in progress at the time of application. Each major has prerequisite requirements in addition to the University’s admission requirements, and some have special application requirements.

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Note: Any document submitted to the Office of Admissions to supplement the application becomes part of the official admissions record and cannot be released back to the student.