Application Review

Holistic application review

The University of Washington Bothell seeks students who can benefit from its wealth of academic and cultural opportunities and contribute to its amazing energy and rich diversity of experience.

Factors we consider

Our holistic review process looks beyond grades and standardized tests. While these factors are important, they tell only part of an applicant’s story. The university uses an individualized application review more typically found at smaller private universities and colleges. In addition to grade-point average (GPA) and test scores, the university takes into account many aspects of an applicant’s achievements and personal history.

UW Bothell’s holistic review process takes into consideration the three following categories:

Do you have what it takes to be a Husky? To find out, we’ll look at your academic transcripts to see which classes you have taken and the grades you earned. If you are a transfer student, we’ll review your courses to be sure they align with UW requirements. But coursework and grades are only part of the story. You aren’t just a set of numbers. We want to know more about you.

Use the application to share who you are and what is important to you. Put your best foot forward and never stop preparing for your transition to college-level studies. Personal achievements might include:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to community service and leadership
  • Exercising significant responsibility in a family, community, employment or through activities
  • Attaining a college-preparatory education in the face of significant personal adversity, economic disadvantage or disability
  • Demonstrating cultural awareness or unique perspectives or experiences
  • Demonstrating notable tenacity, insight, originality or creativity

How do you spend your time outside of class? Help us get to know you and your interests by listing them on your application. Extracurricular activities might include:

  • Part-time job
  • Club involvement
  • Family caregiving
  • Sports involvement

Application disclaimer

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.

Appealing admission decisions

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

Mandatory reporting

Per Washington state law and University of Washington policy, all admissions evaluators are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Any statements in written materials that give an evaluator reasonable cause to believe abuse or neglect of someone under the age of 18 may have occurred must be reported to Child Protective Services or the police. Learn more about university reporting requirements.