Transfer Students

Applicants with Fewer Than 40 Credits

To be considered for admission, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete a minimum level of preparation in the following subject areas:

Subject

If completed in high school

If completed in college

English Composition/Literature 4 years 5 credits of English Composition is equivalent to 1 year of high school English
Mathematics 3 years including completion of Intermediate Algebra Completion of Intermediate Algebra with minimum GPA of 2.0.
Social Science 3 years 5 credits of course work is equivalent to 1 year of high school course work
World Language* 2 years of the same language 10 credits of same language or
completion of 102 level.
Lab Science

2 years of lab science; one year must be algebra-based science

10 credits lab science; one year must be an algebra-based science course
Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts 0.5 years 2 credits

*Applicants required to prove English language proficiency are exempt from the World Languages requirement.

Students with less than 40 credits must submit official SAT or ACT scores. Official test scores from SAT (school code: 4467) or ACT (school code: 4497) must be sent directly from the testing agency. The University of Washington Bothell does not require the Writing section on the SAT or ACT and superscores from all submitted test results.

Please note: An academic associate degree does not automatically satisfy the core subject requirements.


How to Complete the Core Subject Requirements

 

English Composition/Literature

If taken in high school:

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

  • One of the four years may be satisfied by courses in drama as literature, public speaking, debate, journalistic writing, business English, or English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Courses that are generally not acceptable include those identified as remedial or applied (e.g., acting, basic English skills, developmental reading, library, newspaper staff, remedial English, review English, vocabulary, yearbook/annual).
  • English courses taken in another country are considered equivalent to ESL unless taken in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • International Students: Four high school years of Composition and/or Literature courses in the student's native language satisfy this requirement.

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.

  • One of the four years may be satisfied by a college course in speech, drama as literature, journalistic writing, business English, ESL, or engineering/technical writing.
  • Courses such as developmental or speed reading, vocabulary, or remedial English are not acceptable.

Mathematics

If taken in high school:

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

  • An algebra course completed in the last year of junior high school may partially satisfy the requirement if the second-year algebra is completed in secondary school.
  • Arithmetic, pre-algebra, business math, and statistics will not satisfy the requirement.
  • Mathematics course work taken in the senior year may overlap with the Senior Year Math-Based Quantitative requirement.

If made up through college course work:

If high school preparation in mathematics was insufficient, one of the courses listed below is required:

  • Intermediate Algebra: At Washington community colleges, qualifying courses in intermediate algebra are listed as equivalent to MATH 098 in the University of Washington Equivalency Guide. The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better, even though it does not transfer to UW Bothell as college credit, and the grade earned in the course is not used in computing the transfer GPA.
  • Trigonometry: The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better.
  • MATH& 107: This course may be allowed if a 2.0 grade or higher is earned; please check with a UW Bothell admissions advisor for the most current information.
  • Mathematics courses with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite: This includes any higher-level math courses such as elementary functions, calculus, and beyond. Courses in statistics, logic, or computer science do not satisfy the mathematics requirement.

Social Science

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). Religion courses, consumer economics, student government, or community service do not satisfy the requirement.

If made up through college course work:

Courses in the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology) satisfy the requirement.


World Languages

If taken in high school:

Two years of study in the same language are required.

  • The world language requirement will be considered satisfied for students who complete more than half their primary and secondary education in school(s) a) where English was not the language of instruction or b) in countries other than the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the  United Kingdom.
  • International students who entered the U.S. education system prior to the seventh grade must satisfy the world language requirement.
  • Any natural language that has been formally studied may be used to satisfy this requirement, including American Sign Language (AMESLAN, the language of the deaf community) and languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek. However, neither computer 'languages' nor forms of deaf signing aside from AMESLAN are acceptable.
  • A world language course taken in the eighth grade may satisfy one year of the requirement if the second-year course is completed in high school

If made up through college course work:

Students who have never studied a world language will need to complete ten quarter credits (or six semester credits) of a single world language. A student who studied a world language for one year in high school needs to complete only the second five quarter credits (e.g., FREN 102) or the second three semester credits of a first-year language sequence in college.

If using an exam:

Students who have not completed high school or college course work in a world language can demonstrate their proficiency using test scores.

  • Advanced Placement [AP]: A score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement world language exam will be awarded 5, 10, or 15 transfer college credits and satisfy the world language requirement.
  • International Baccalaureate [IB]: A score of 5, 6, or 7 on an International Baccalaureate Program Higher Level world language B exam will be awarded 5, 10, or 15 transfer college credits and satisfy the world language requirement.
  • University of Washington Placement: Placement into the third quarter of a world language by a UW Placement Exam satisfies the world language requirement. Contact the UW Seattle Testing Center for information about taking a world language placement exam. If the Testing Center does not offer a test for a language, it may be possible to have proficiency level evaluated by a UW faculty member in a one-on-one test; contact the appropriate UW language department to inquire about this possibility. Placement tests taken at other colleges will not satisfy the world language requirement.

Lab Science

If taken in high school:

Two years of lab science are required. At least one of the two years must be in an algebra-based science course.

Lab science course work taken in the senior year may overlap with the Senior Year Math-Based Quantitative requirement.

If made up through college course work:

College-level science courses with a lab satisfy the requirement. At least one course must be an algebra-based science course with a lab.    


Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts

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, world languages, interior design, sewing, speech, web design or graphics, woodworking, and yearbook.

If made up through college course work:

Two quarter credits (or two semester credits) satisfy the requirement, chosen from art, art history, cinema/filmmaking, dance, drama (except drama as literature), music, or photography. Courses in architecture are generally not acceptable, except for those in architectural history.