UW Bothell COVID-19 Admissions FAQs

These Frequently Asked Questions contain information specific to University of Washington Bothell Admissions. For information on the novel coronavirus, visit the University of Washington’s novel coronavirus page.
 

First Year Autumn 2020 Admits:


Will the UW Bothell extend the May 1 deadline for first years to accept their offer? 

The deadline to accept the offer of admission remains May 1 (unless otherwise indicated in your offer materials). As always, we will review individual requests for a deadline extension submitted after May 1 and we’ll be as flexible as possible. Keeping the May 1 deadline allows students to begin planning for the fall by signing up for housing, connecting with future roommates and registering for Advising & Orientation. It also allows us to consider waitlist offers for those students waiting for a decision. 

Will the UW Bothell extend the July 15 transcript deadline? 

If your school is able to send your final transcript before July 15, please have them do so. If your school is unable to meet the July 15 deadline, please have them sent as soon as possible after. Not meeting the deadline will not impact your ability to register for autumn courses, but may impact your ability to register for future terms. 

How will Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit grading for spring 2020 affect my offer of admission to the UW Bothell? 

If a school changes the grading scale to Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit this will not impact a student’s admission to the University of Washington Bothell.

Educators, if your school is able, please designate the change on the transcript so the Office of Admissions is aware when reviewing final transcripts. 

Does the UW Bothell convert a “Pass” to a B grade (3.0) or lower? 

The UW Bothell does not convert a “Pass” or calculate it in the cumulative GPA. 

My senior-year schedule has changed. Will this affect my admission to the UW Bothell? 

Schedule changes due to COVID-19 will not affect a student’s admission to the UW Bothell. 

My senior-year schedule has changed and I am no longer able to complete all my College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR). Will this affect my admission to the UW Bothell or direct admission to my major? 

Schedule changes due to COVID-19 will not affect a student’s admission to the UW Bothell or any offers of direct admission to the college or major. If any additional information is needed after the final transcript is received, the Office of Admissions will reach out to the student directly. 

The College Board announced changes to the AP testing format. Will this affect how the UW Bothell will award credit for AP exams? 

We recognize all the work that goes into taking an AP course and/or studying for the exam. Rest assured that a change in testing format does not change how the UW Bothell awards credit for AP exams. For an overview of credit awarded by subject, visit the AP exams for credit website

I'm an IB diploma candidate and the IBO announced exams will be canceled this year. Will I still be eligible for UW Bothell credit? 

We recognize all the work that goes into taking an IB course and pursuing an IB diploma. Although exams have been canceled, IBO has indicated diplomas and certificates will still be awarded. The UW Bothell will award credit for IB diplomas or certificates, regardless of the assessment method. For an overview of credit awarded by subject, visit the IB exams for credit website

A-level exams have been canceled this year. Will I be eligible for UW Bothell credit? 

Although many exams have been canceled, exam boards have indicated that they will still award certificates using other assessment methods. The UW Bothell will award credit for final A-level exam certificates, regardless of how the grades/marks are assessed. For an overview of credit awarded by subject, visit the A-level exams for credit website

Are campus visits, tours and information sessions being offered? 

Currently, campus tours and admission information sessions will not be held in-person March 6 – July 22 per public health guidelines. However, we invite you to register for a phone appointment with an admissions advisor and/or register for a virtual information session


Transfer Autumn 2020 Admits: 


My school is not open and can’t send my transcript to complete my application. What do I do? 

For information on how to submit your transcripts to UW Bothell, visit our Submit Your Transcripts webpage. If your college is unable to send your official transcript through postal mail or Parchment, please contact the Office of Admissions and we will be glad to work with you. 

Will COVID-19 delay my decision notification? 

We do not anticipate any delay in providing transfer admission decisions. 
 


Advising & Orientation: 


Will summer Advising & Orientation sessions be offered in-person or remotely? 

Summer Advising & Orientation will be facilitated in a remote environment. For more information visit the Advising & Orientation website.  
 


Prospective Students for 2021 and Beyond: 


The SAT and ACT canceled exam dates this spring. Will the UW Bothell still require the SAT or ACT for autumn 2021 applicants? 

The UW Bothell has adopted a test-optional admission policy for students applying for admission to any quarter from now until (and including) autumn 2021. Students normally required to submit the SAT or ACT during this period will receive full consideration even if they do not submit their SAT or ACT results.  

This change is in response to the cancellation of the Spring administration of the SAT and ACT exams, but also in recognition of the general disruption and distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, so even those students who have been able to take the exams have the option of not submitting them. 

Will not submitting an SAT or ACT disadvantage me as an applicant? 

Not submitting an SAT or ACT will not harm any applicant in the review process. 

How will spring 2020 schedule changes impact my admissibility to the UW Bothell? 

At the UW we use a holistic review process which allows our readers to take context into consideration when reviewing applications. In our review of applications over the next couple of years, we will be conscious of the COVID-19 disruption that may have been caused for individual students and will be compassionate in our review of their performance during this period of time. 

How will Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit grading for spring 2020 affect my admissibility to the UW Bothell? 

We have asked UW Bothell programs that require letter grades for pre-requisite courses to make exceptions for students with C/NC grades in courses taken during Winter or Spring Quarter of 2020. This will apply to any courses taken during those two quarters, regardless of whether they were taken as a regular Community College student or as a Running Start student.  

Educators, if your school is able, we recommend designating the change on the transcript so the Office of Admissions is aware when reviewing final transcripts. 

Does the UW Bothell convert a “Pass” to a B grade (3.0)? 

The UW Bothell does not change a “Pass” to a B grade (3.0) and a “Pass” does not impact the cumulative GPA in our holistic review. 

Are international applicants still required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score? 

International students are required to submit English proficiency exam scores that meet the UW Bothell’s admission requirement

To provide more flexibility for our applicants, the UW Bothell Office of Admissions has expanded the English Proficiency options to include the results from the Duolingo, English 3, or iTEP exams. These additional options are available to candidates applying for admission to any quarter up to and including Autumn 2021. 

Are campus visits, tours and information sessions being offered? 

Currently, campus tours and admission information sessions will not be held in-person March 6 – July 22 per public health guidelines. However, we invite you to  register for a phone appointment with an admissions advisor and/or register for a virtual information session