Friday Harbor Laboratories

Do you know about the University of Washington’s marine research facility located in Friday Harbor? Spend some time 75 miles northwest of the UW Bothell campus in the San Juan Islands while also earning credit towards your Biology degree requirements!

Why study at FHL?

  • Small Classes (20 students or less)
  • Coastal living, just a few steps away from the water
  • Hands-on learning both in the lab and out in the field
  • Opportunities to interact and network with marine scientists and to learn about their research

Where will I live during the quarter?

Friday Harbor Labs feels like a marine biology summer camp! You will live with a roommate in a double dorm room or in a personal hut. All meals are provided in the campus dining hall.

How much does the program cost?

UW students attending Friday Harbor Labs pay similar tuition and fees as at UW Seattle and Bothell campuses.

Other expenses include lab, dining, and housing fees at prices similar to other UW campuses. Mary Gates Endowment Research Scholarships are available to qualified students taking research courses in Spring and Autumn quarters.

How do I apply?

Friday Harbor Labs admits for spring, summer, and autumn quarters. Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Your transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Non-UW students: Reference name and contact information
  • Optional for all applicants: Letter of recommendation

How can I make FHL credit fulfill my Biology major requirements?

Submit a petition on our Forms & Handouts page to request for coursework to count. You will need to include a detailed syllabus or other documentation of what your course or research experience covered.

More information

Visit the FHL courses page for more information on courses offered.

For information on how you can use FHL coursework towards your degree requirements at UW Bothell, contact the School of STEM at

For questions about courses and logistics, contact the FHL academic services manager at