First-year Students

Applying to college is exciting but going through the process can bring up a lot of questions. We’re here to help you along the way. This page will take you through the basics and lead you to the detailed information you need. Or you can start your application right away with the link below.

Am I a first-year applicant?

Apply as a First-year student if any of the following statements describe you:

  • You plan to enter UW Bothell after the summer of graduating from high school.
  • You have earned college credits during your time in high school (through Running Start, College in the high school, Tech Prep, AP, and/or IB) and you plan to enter UW Bothell after the summer of graduating (regardless of how many college credits you have earned or will earn).
  • You have never attended college since leaving high school (regardless of your age).

You should apply as a transfer student only if you have earned college credits after the summer you graduated high school.

First-year Admissions Journey

What can you expect when you apply to UW Bothell? The admissions journey below outlines the full process from beginning to end.

Step 1: Explore


The discovery phase in your college search is a time to explore your passions and see how we can help you achieve your goals.

Read more about why UW Bothell is a great place to learn and grow!


Come experience the sights and sounds of our park-like setting and determine if it’s the right fit for you.

Set up a virtual or in-person campus visit.


Speak with your admissions counselor to review transcripts or answer your questions about the application.

Schedule an appointment with your counselor.

Step 2: Apply


Have you met the prerequisites to apply to UW Bothell? Review the list to see if you’re ready to apply.

View the complete admissions requirements.


Remember to give yourself plenty of time to complete your application. You don’t have to complete it all at once.

Find out how to apply to UW Bothell.


After you apply, we will if reach out if something is missing and/or to submit final high school or community college transcripts.

Read more about what to do after you apply.

Step 3: Enroll


You did it! Being admitted to UW Bothell is a big accomplishment and another step towards making your dreams a reality. Accept your offer of admission to become a member of the Husky family by paying the $250 deposit.


If you are seeking assistance to help fund your UW Bothell education, consider applying for financial aid. The priority application deadline is January 15 of each year, but you can still apply for financial aid after the deadline.

Learn more about financial aid.


Get ready for your arrival on campus by completing all the remaining next steps, such as submitting vaccine documentation and attending Orientation.

Read more about admitted students.

Application Deadlines

You can start working on your application in your senior year when it becomes available on September 1. Applications can be submitted September 1 – January 15. See the application dates and deadlines page for more information.

Early Action:

November 15

Regular Decision:

January 15

Start your application

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 experiences. Our holistic review process looks beyond grades and standardized tests.

What we look for

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. Learn more about the application process, documents to prepare, what makes a competitive applicant, and how to write a good personal statement.