Computing and Software Systems


Notes regarding S/NS grades for 2020

2020 has been a difficult yearfor many students and for many different reasons. In recognition of this, the University of Washington has allowed students to change their spring, summer, and autumn 2020 grades to S/NS (Satisfactory / Non-satisfactory) grading.

Courses from these quarters in which students earn an 'S' grade will count for major-specific degree requirements. These courses also will count as the prerequisites for other courses, even if the other course would normally require a minimum numerical grade. This is in contrast to the normal University policy which indicates that S/NS grades cannot count for degree requirements other than the 180-credit minimum needed to earn an undergraduate degree.

How does this impact CSS admissions?

For entry into all CSS major and minor programs:

  • Internal applicants may use courses in which they earned an 'S' grade from spring, summer, or autumn 2020 for any prerequisite needed to enter these programs.
  • Transfer applicants may use courses from spring, summer, or autumn 2020 in which they earned their institution's equivalent of a "Satisfactory", "Credit", "Pass", or similar grade for any prerequisite needed to enter these programs. The credit-granting institution's definition of these grades must indicate that the student would have earned at least a 2.0 if the class had been numerically graded.

The Computing & Software Systems program at the University of Washington Bothell provides a wide variety of degrees that will help you enrich and develop your abilities.

To learn more about how to apply to any of our degrees, please see their Admissions pages below:

Admission Advising

All applicants are encouraged to meet with an admission advisor before applying. Currently-enrolled UW Bothell students are encouraged to contact the pertinent Division or program directly for admission questions (see the Admissions pages above). To contact the Computing & Software Systems Division directly, please call (425) 352-3746 or email

Admission to the degrees offered by the Computing & Software Systems Division is competitive. All CSS prerequisite courses (with the exception of statistics) MUST be completed by the application deadline. Applications with prerequisite courses in progress will be held without being reviewed by the Admission Committee until those grades are received. All updated transcripts must be official.

Prospective transfer students should call (425) 352-5000 or email to speak with an admission advisor. The undergraduate admissions office also provides planning worksheets for all CSS Division majors and the other majors at the University.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for undergraduate majors offered by the CSS Division (except Interactive Media Design) are listed here.  Deadline information for Interactive Media Design is listed here.  For graduate program deadlines, please see the graduate program's websites linked above.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English language proficiency.  Details are provided here.