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The Graduate School

G-1 Communications Building
Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for Admission

Q: When do I apply to the Graduate School?
Q: What computer requirements are needed to apply online?
Q: Can I submit a paper application?
Q: Where do I send letters of recommendation?
Q: How do I know my recommenders have submitted the letters of recommendation?
Q: When do I send transcripts?
Q: How do I know the program has received my transcripts?
Q: How do I pay the application fee online?
Q: How do I check the status of my application?

 

When do I apply to the Graduate School?

Each degree program determines their graduate application deadline. Consult your program's application requirements page to get your program's application deadline and contact information. If you are an applicant living outside the U.S., you should complete application requirements at least thirty days before the deadline specified by the graduate program to ensure sufficient time for graduate admission review.

What computer requirements are needed to apply online?

The Computer requirements for on-line applications are as follows:

  • Computer connected to the World-Wide-Web.
  • One of the following Web browser programs (final releases only, not beta versions) : Netscape version 4 or greater, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or greater, Mozilla 1.0 or greater, or Opera 6.0 or greater. Internet Explorer on the Macintosh is currently not supported.
  • Ability to print from your Web browser program.

Can I submit a paper application?

We realize that in some instances it may not be possible for an applicant to use the online process. The paper application takes four to six weeks longer to process than the online application but, if you *must* have access to a downloadable/printable version, you should contact the program to which you are applying. Some programs are still able to accept paper applications but most do not.

To facilitate your application you should make every effort to submit it online at https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/.

Where do I send letters of recommendation?

Many programs only accept letters of recommendation electronically after you designate the recommender in the online application.  Check your program's recommendation requirements before applying.  Go to our graduate program locator and select your program to view the requirements.

How do I know my recommenders have submitted their letters of recommendation?

Once you have submitted your application, you can check the status of your recommendation letters by logging in to your application status page at https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/

When do I send transcripts?

Graduate programs may require unofficial transcripts electronically within the online application. You may also be required to mail official transcripts to your graduate program. Check your program's transcript requirements before applying. Go to our graduate program locator and select your program to view the requirements.

NOTE: International Applicants - When you receive notification that you have been recommended for admission by your graduate program, you must then submit official transcripts and additional application materials to the Graduate School.

NOTE: Domestic Applicants - When you accept your formal offer of admission, you must then provide an official final degree transcript to the Graduate School.

  • Standard postal mail:

  • University of Washington
    Graduate Enrollment Management Services
    Box 353770
    Seattle, WA 98195-3770

  • Express or courier service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

  • University of Washington
    Graduate Enrollment Management Services
    G-1 Communications
    4109 Stevens Way
    Seattle, WA 98195-3770

How do I know the program has received my transcripts?

Once you have submitted your application, you can check the status of your transcripts by logging in to your application status page at https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/

How do I pay the application fee?

You pay the $85.00 application fee as the last step of the online application before submitting the application. The fee may be paid by Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card, or by electronic check (with a U.S. bank account only).

A limited number of need-based application fee waivers are available for U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents and Immigrants.  The fee-waiver application is part of the online application process.

How do I check the status of my application?

Once you have submitted your application, you can check the status of your application by logging in to your application status page at https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/