First Year Students

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Prospective First Year Students FAQs

Application Process


UW Bothell Academics

Student Life

Application Process

Will students be notified if their application is complete?
Students are not automatically notified when transcripts and other supplemental admission application information are received by our office.  If your application file is incomplete, you will be notified by email about what is missing and how to properly send it to us. To check whether we have received documents or whether your application file is complete, students are welcome to send an email to uwbinfo@uw.edu requesting an application status update.  Please note that some transcript orders can take several weeks to process, so it is helpful if you wait at least two weeks from the date of order before asking us if we have received an official transcript.

When will I hear an admissions decision?
If you applied for Autumn quarter, you will be notified by mid-March. If you are applying for Winter, Spring, or Summer quarter, you will be notified 4-6 weeks upon completion of your application. 

How much does it cost to apply to UW Bothell?
The application fee for domestic students is $60 and for international students it is $75.

How will AP/IB credits transfer?
If you took any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests, you could possibly get UW credits depending on the score you received.

How can I request my high school transcript if my high school is closed during the summer?
You may request it through your school’s district office.

If I attended two high schools, which transcript do I need to send?
The transcript from the high school you are graduating from.

How can I prove English proficiency?
Please refer to the English Proficiency page.

What if a I did not do well on the TOEFL?
You can take the TOEFL as many times as you like until they receive a passing score of a 92 or better. Your application will be considered as "Incomplete" until the English proficiency is fulfilled. You do not need to wait to reapply each time you take the TOEFL. You can also take the IELTS or obtain an Associates Degree with a cumulative of a 2.75 GPA AND have a 3.0 in both English 101 and 102.

How do I set up my MyUW NetID?
Click here to set up your MyUW NetID account after you are admitted. MyUW is your personal gateway to the University of Washington, and will be essential for future online transactions, including financial aid award details, class registration, transcript orders, etc.


What kind of scholarships do you offer for First Year Students?
UW Bothell offers scholarships for both Washington state and out-of-state students. Click here for more information about scholarships.

When will financial aid be distributed?
If you submitted the FAFSA by January 15, you will receive your First Year Student award letter sometime between mid March and early April through your MyUW Account. For more information about financial aid and scholarships or to speak to a representative, please email uwbfaid@uw.edu or call 425-352-5240.

UW Bothell Academics

What will my schedule be like in the first year?
Most UW Bothell courses are offered two days a week for about two hours each.  Courses are offered throughout the day and evening; however, most first and second year courses are offered during the day. Full-time students take between 12 – 18 credits, which is roughly three courses per quarter.

What type of classes will I take as a First Year Student?
The First Year Student curriculum is centered around the Discovery Core, a sequence of courses that will engage you in a community of learners, orient you to university academics and social activities, and introduce you to the richness of interdisciplinary learning. The challenges we face in the world are not divided into disciplines, so our courses are designed to focus on a common theme by integrating at least two areas of knowledge into one class (e.g., biology and business; computer science and philosophy; mathematics and literature).  In addition to the Discovery Core classes, you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives including Calculus, Chemistry, or Into to Psychology. These classes not only apply toward your general education requirements, but allow you to explore your interests.

Who teaches UW Bothell classes?
Classes at UW Bothell are taught by highly qualified and experienced professors who love teaching as much as they do participating in world-renowned research. Students work closely with their professors and peers in a variety of learning activities, including the opportunity to help faculty members conduct research.

While enrolling at the University, is there a minimum of courses that a student needs to take in order to stay enrolled?
Just one!

What student resources will be available to me if I attend?
There are many different support services and resources available to help students succeed in their studies. Some of the more popular services include:

Does UW Bothell have resources to help students select their major?
UW Bothell students have several resources that will help them decide which degree to pursue. Aside from the Discovery Core, students have access to academic advisors who are able to meet with them on a regular basis and discuss classes, majors, and career paths. The Career Center can help you identify your career strengths and weaknesses.

Do I have access to the libraries on the UW Seattle campus?
Yes. Along with access to over 90,000 books in the UW Bothell library, students have access to the entire UW library system which includes over 7,000,000 titles. Additionally, students have access to the UW WorldCat, a search system that includes libraries in Washington state, Oregon, and worldwide.

Can I take classes at the other University of Washington campuses?
We do a cross-campus enrollment. All undergraduate students enrolled at one UW campus may register for courses at another UW campus on a space-available basis. 

Do I need my own laptop?
UW Bothell provides access to computers on campus for almost all your needs, including two computer labs, Mac and Dell, and multiple workstations around the campus. Additionally, UW Bothell students are able to check out laptops from the library. If you have a laptop, our campus is completely wireless, which means you can access the Internet from anywhere on campus for free.

Student Life

Are students required to live on campus as First Years?
No. Students are not required to live on campus their first year. 

When/where do I get my Husky Card?
Students get their Husky Card at orientation or by visiting the Welcome Desk at Husky Hall. Please be sure to bring your UW Bothell student number and a valid photo ID.

What student life activities are offered at UW Bothell?
There are many opportunities for students to get involved outside of the classroom, including such popular events as comedy shows, concerts, movie nights, cooking classes, weekend outings, and much, much more.  We have over 90 diverse student clubs and organizations you can join. If you have a particular interest that doesn't match a current club, you can start your own.  A campus Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment is available to students.  UW Bothell also offers a variety of recreational sports along with wellness programs.

Can I participate in ROTC?
Yes.  The UW ROTC curriculum is one of the best in the nation at developing student leadership skills and producing successful and effective officers for the United States Army and Air Force. The UW Seattle campus hosts the curriculum and training, but also serves UW Bothell students.  Check out more information on Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC.

What recreational sports are available on campus?
UW Bothell offers recreational sports that include Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor and Outdoor Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, and Coed Softball just to name a few.  This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a team that bleeds purple and gold!

Can I buy student tickets for Intercollegiate Athletic games on the Seattle campus?
Yes, UW Bothell students are very much Huskies and have access to student pricing on tickets for all athletic eventss.

What are my transportation options to get to campus?
There are many different ways to get to campus: bus, bike, carpool, walk, skip or drive. Many bus routes serve the UW Bothell campus.

How safe is campus?
The UW Bothell campus is very safe. Security officers patrol by bike, car, and on foot. Additionally, security officers escort students to and from their cars.

What is there to do in the greater Seattle area?
Metropolitan Seattle is very hip and eclectic, offering a variety of fun things to do and see.