Thank you for your interest in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering! This page is for applicants who are interested in transferring from a community college or another university to the University of Washington-Seattle to major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.

Competitive Applicants

Admission to the Allen School is competitive. Transfer students who are admitted to the Allen School typically will have earned nearly perfect grades in their prerequisites courses, have strong grades overall and in their most recent 40 transferrable quarter credits, and have written strong personal statements for the Allen School supplmental application that demonstrate their interest in computer science or computer engineering and help us understand the skills and perspectives they would bring to our program. Priority is given to students who are coming directly from a Washington State community or technical college with about two years of coursework (90 quarter credits) and who plan to finish their prerequisites by the time they enter UW (if admitted).

Information Sessions

The Allen School offers an information session for prospective transfers on the second Thursday of every month. Information sessions are held from 3:30PM - 4:30PM PT, until further notice all information sessions will be virtual. No RSVP needed.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Transfer applicants who want to be considered for direct admission to the Allen School need to fill-out a UW transfer application and a Allen School supplemental application. The Allen School's supplemental application for transfer admission can be accessed at - https://www.engr.washington.edu/uapp/. For additional information about submitting the supplemental application, please refer to the information on this website listed under "Step 3) Submit a supplemental application to the Allen School". Here are the key dates and deadlines: 

Spring Admissions 

Fall Admissions   

UW transfer application deadline: December 15th

Allen School supplemental application deadline: January 15th

Allen School admissions decisions will be sent in early February 

UW transfer application deadline: February 15th

Allen School supplemental application deadline: April 5th

Allen School admissions decisions will be sent in mid-May

Transfer Application Process

Be prepared to apply to the UW by the application deadline listed for your intended start quarter. If you miss the UW application deadline, you will not be able to apply to the Allen School as a transfer applicant. See:

Prerequisites

  • MATH 124, 125, & 126

  • CSE 142 & 143
  • Five credits of English composition 
  • Five credits of natural science, including one of the following: 
    • Computer Engineering applicants: Physics 121
    • Computer Science applicants: One of Biology 180 or Physics 121 or Chemistry 142
Transfer applicants should have prerequisite coursework completed at the time of the Allen School supplemental application but they can be in progress when you apply to the UW transfer deadline which is earlier.

Determining Course Equivalencies

If you are attending a Washington State community or technical college, you can also use our online Equivalency Guide to determine the transferability of your coursework. If your coursework is from another college or university, you can use our online UW course catalog to determine which courses at your institution are most closely related to our prerequisites at UW. It is important to note, though, that the UW is unable to make evaluations for transfer credit until after an applicant has been admitted.

Exams for Credit

If you have completed exams for credit such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or A Level & AS Level exams, please refer to the UW Office of Admissions for information on how your credits would transfer to UW -https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/exams-for-credit/. Please note that English Language & Composition credit from the AP exam is not equivalent to the English Composition prerequisite for admission and does not meet the UW composition requirement.

Transfer applicants who want to be considered for direct admission to the Allen School need to fill-out a second Allen School supplemental application. Please review the following instructions carefully: 

A) Set-up a UW NetID (https://admit.washington.edu/uw-netid/)

For spring transfer applicants that submitted a paper transfer application to UW. Information about setting up a UW NetID will be sent to you via the email address provided in your UW transfer application by the UW Office of Admissions (askuwadm@uw.edu).

B) Update MyPlan (https://myplan.uw.edu/home/#/)

Complete this step if you have credit from a Washington State Community College. If you do not have credit from a Washington State Community College skip this step. 

  • Sign-in to MyPlan with your UW NetID
  • Click “Find CTC Transfer Equivalency”
  • Enter your date of birth
  • Enter your CTC student ID number
  • Enter the information with all community college courses you are taking during the current quarter and planning to take in the future prior to transferring to UW (if admitted). For autumn transfer applicants, please include in-progress and planned winter, spring, and summer courses. For spring applicants, please include in-progress and planned autumn and winter courses. As a reminder, applicants can have prerequisite coursework in-progress at the time of the UW transfer application but they must have all prerequisites for admission completed prior to the Allen School supplemental application.
  • Click “Find Transfer Equivalency” 
C) Complete your supplemental application (https://www.engr.washington.edu/uapp/)

The Allen School's supplmental application can be accessed at - https://www.engr.washington.edu/uapp/. The supplemental application portal generally opens two weeks prior to the application deadline. Please make sure to review the instructions and suggestions for each section: 

Education
  • List all colleges and universities that you have attended and/or are attending. 
  • Upload all unofficial transcripts from higher education institutions you have attended. For fall transfer applicants, wait to upload unofficial transcripts until after your winter quarter grades have posted to your unofficial transcript. Please do not send official transcripts to the Allen School, they are not required for the transfer supplemental application.
  • Please list credits and GPA as listed on your unofficial transcript for all college-level coursework completed.

     

Employment & Activities 
  • Please list all post high-school employment, research, volunteer work, extracurricular activities and clubs 
  • If you have been out of high school for a long time, we suggest you focus on activities you have done in the past 5 years.
  • Do not include links to external websites, the Allen School admissions committee will not review external websites during the review process.

Major Selection
  • Please choose either Computer Engineering or Computer Science (not both). We look at all prospective Computer Engineering and Computer Science transfer students in the same pool. 
Courses 
  • Non-Washington State Community College Credit:
    • If you have credit from a non-Washington State Community College please enter all of your courses that are from the following departments including the courses that would fulfill the Allen School's prerequisites for admission:  BIOL, CHEM, CSE, CSS, EE, ENGL, ENGR, MATH, PHYS, STAT
    • Please include in-progress courses and courses you plan to take in the future prior to transferring to UW (if admitted)
  • Washington State Community College Credit:
    • Please enter all of your courses that are from the following departments including the courses that would fulfill the Allen School's prerequisites for admission:  BIOL, CHEM, CSE, CSS, EE, ENGL, ENGR, MATH, PHYS, STAT.
    • Your most recent quarter will not be in the central database and imported into MyPlan so you will need to manually enter all of the courses you completed and all of the courses you plan to complete prior to transferring to UW if admitted. For autumn transfer applicants, please manually include winter, spring, and summer courses. For spring applicants, please manually include autumn and winter courses.
Documentation
  • As a reminder, you only need to submit pdf copies of unofficial transcripts to your departmental application. Do not send official transcripts electronically or via mail to the Allen School.

    Personal Statement 
    • Please use the Computer Science & Engineering prompt listed on the UW College of Engineering webpage to write your essay. Our transfer admissions rubric is based on this prompt. The Allen School transfer admissions committee does not review personal statements submitted through the UW Office of Admission's general transfer application in the admissions review process.  
Review 
  • If you would like to include any additional comments that are not covered by other areas of the application, please use the "Additional Comments" section at the end of the "Review" step.
  • Review your application and click submit!
  • We send out departmental decisions in early February for Spring applicants and mid-May for Fall applicants to the email address provided in your departmental application.

Allen School Transfer Applicant FAQ

Am I considered a transfer applicant?

Please use the UW Office of Admissions “What’s my application type?” website to determine your application type to the University of Washington - https://admit.washington.edu/apply/whats-my-application-type/. Matriculated undergraduate students currently attending UW that wish to apply for admission to the Allen School to pursue the computer science or computer engineering major must apply through the Allen School’s current UW student pathway - https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/admissions/currentuw.

Is there a minimum GPA required for admission to the Allen School?

No. Due to the Allen School’s holistic admissions review process, there is no minimum GPA required for admission. However, it is important to note that admission to the Allen School is competitive. The average incoming GPA for Washington state resident transfer admits is 3.75 or higher. The average incoming GPA for domestic non-resident and international transfer admits is 3.9 or higher. We understand that each transfer applicant has a unique story behind their transcript, and encourage students to share their academic journey in the departmental application’s personal statement.

Can someone review my transcript to see what classes will transfer to UW-Seattle? How will I know if my credits will transfer?

Transfer credit evaluations are completed by the UW Office of Admissions after students are admitted. If you are attending a Washington State community or technical college, you can use the online UW Equivalency Guide (https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/equivalency-guide/) to determine the transferability of your coursework. If your coursework is from another college or university, you can use the online UW course catalog (http://www.washington.edu/students/crscat/) to determine which courses at your institution are most closely related to our prerequisites at UW. It is not possible for a staff member to provide applicants with an “unofficial” credit evaluation prior to admission to UW.

Do I need to complete an associate’s degree before transferring?

No. The completion of an associate’s degree is not required for admission to the University of Washington or the Allen School. However, applicants are encouraged to review UW’s transfer credit policies regarding the Washington community and technical college Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) for additional information about how an associate’s degree may impact your transfer credit if accepted - https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/policies/#wa-ctct.

If I have a prior bachelor’s degree, can I still apply as a transfer applicant?

No. Due to extremely high demand for our program from first-time bachelor's students, the Allen School is not currently accepting applications from students looking for a second bachelor's degree (i.e., post-baccalaureate applications for a bachelor's degree) - https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/admissions/postbac.

Are transfer students eligible for UW scholarships and financial aid?

Transfer students that are accepted to the University of Washington and accept the offer of admission are eligible for scholarships and financial aid. The Allen School offers departmental scholarships for undergraduate students including incoming transfer students - https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/current-students/resources.... For questions about financial aid, please refer to the UW Office of Student Financial Aid’s website - https://www.washington.edu/financialaid/.

Does the Allen School offer undergraduate evening or weekend classes? Does the Allen School offer a remote bachelor’s degree program?

No. The Allen School does not offer undergraduate evening or weekend classes or a remote bachelor’s degree program. Transfer students admitted to the Allen School can expect to attend a full-time undergraduate program that offers a wide variety of classes that use theory, exploratory labs, and course projects to teach computing concepts. If you have a prior bachelor’s degree, the Allen School’s professional master’s program (PMP) offers part-time, flexible learning for full-time working professionals in the field of computing - https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/pmp. As a reminder, the Allen School is not currently accepting applications from students looking for a second bachelor's degree - https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/admissions/postbac.

Can I apply before I’ve completed two years at a community college or university?

Yes. If you have met UW’s minimum admissions requirements and will fulfill the Allen School’s prerequisite requirements in time, you are welcome to apply for transfer admission. Please keep in mind that the Allen School gives priority admission to applicants who have about two years of coursework (90 quarter credits) completed.

Can I apply if I have more than two years of community college or university coursework completed?

Yes. As long as you do not have a prior bachelor’s degree and have met UW’s minimum admissions requirements and will fulfill the Allen School’s prerequisite requirements in time, you are welcome to apply for transfer admission. Please note that the University of Washington has transfer credit policies that determine how prior transfer credit can apply towards an undergraduate degree at UW - https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/policies/#restrictions.

How long does it typically take a transfer student to complete their degree after being admitted to UW?

Since most admitted transfer students have about two years of coursework completed, transfer students typically finish their degree requirements in two years of full-time enrollment at UW.

Can someone at the Allen School review my personal statement for the departmental application?

No. The Allen School is unable to provide personal statement review for transfer applicants seeking admission. For support in writing your personal statement, please use writing and transfer resources at your current institution.

Can someone at the Allen School create an academic plan for me to prepare for transfer?

Allen School academic advisers are happy to connect with you via email to discuss the application process and to answer general transfer questions. Please keep in mind that Allen School academic advisers are unable to provide individualized academic plans for transfer applicants. To prepare for transfer to UW and the Allen School, please refer to the following transfer and academic planning resources: UW Transfer Planning Resources (https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/resources/), UW Equivalency Guide (https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/equivalency-guide/), UW College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs - https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/cadr/), UW Transfer Credit Policies (https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/policies/), and the Overview of the Allen School's Degree Requirements (https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/current-students/degree).

Can I have the Allen School’s prerequisites for admission in-progress or planned at the time of application as a transfer student?

They may be in progress when you apply to the UW deadline, but they should be completed at the time of the Allen School supplemental application deadline. .

I will not have the prerequisites for admission completed by the time I apply to the Allen School, can I still apply? Does the Allen School offer conditional admission?

No. The Allen School requires that transfer applicants have the prerequisites for admission completed by the time of the Allen School supplemental application deadline. For fall transfer applicants, this means that all prerequisites must be completed before April 5th. For spring transfer applicants, this means that all prerequisites must be completed by January 15th. The Allen School does not offer conditional admission to students that will not have the prerequisites for admission completed in-time.

Can exams for credit (AP, IB, A Level & AS Level exams) be used to fulfill the prerequisites for admission?

If you have completed exams for credit such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or A Level & AS Level exams, please refer to the UW Office of Admissions website for information on how your credits would transfer to UW and potentially apply towards the Allen School’s prerequisites for admission - https://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/exams-for-credit/. Please note that English Language & Composition credit from the AP exam is not equivalent to the English Composition prerequisite for admission and does not meet the UW composition requirement.

When should I plan to apply to the Allen School as a transfer applicant?

Transfer applicants that have met UW’s minimum admissions requirements and will fulfill the Allen School’s prerequisite requirements in time are welcome to apply for transfer admission by the dates and deadlines listed for spring and fall transfer admission to UW and the Allen School. Please keep in mind that the Allen School gives priority admission to applicants who have about two years of coursework (90 quarter credits) completed.

Do I need to provide all college/university transcripts if it's been years since I last attended or if I no longer want the transfer credit? Do academic credits expire?

All transfer applicants, U.S. and international, are required to submit unofficial college/university transcripts from each institution attended for their Allen School departmental transfer application. Academic credits do not expire and an applicant’s entire academic record will be considered in the transfer departmental application admissions review process. The University of Washington does not practice grade forgiveness. Failure to disclose and submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, even if no credit was earned, may result in denial of admission or dismissal from the UW. The Allen School transfer admissions committee recognizes that students may have academic inconsistencies in their academic record. Since the Allen School practices a holistic admissions review process, transfer applicants are encouraged to discuss any academic inconsistencies or provide additional context to their academic history in their personal statement.

Does the Allen School accept supplementary materials for the transfer departmental application such as letters of recommendation?

No, the Allen School does not accept supplementary materials such as letters of recommendation, applicant portfolios, or interviews from transfer applicants in the departmental application review process.

Who reviews the Allen School transfer departmental application?

Departmental applications are reviewed by an admissions committee consisting of Allen School faculty and staff.

Does the Allen School transfer admissions committee review my UW transfer admissions application and personal statement?

No. The UW transfer admissions application process is separate from the Allen School’s transfer departmental application process. Applicants should include any relevant information from the UW transfer admissions application in the departmental application that they would like to have considered by the Allen School’s transfer admissions committee.

Can I use the same personal statement for both the UW transfer admissions application and the Allen School transfer departmental application?

No. Transfer applicants should write their essay answering the specific questions in the Allen School supplemental application personal statement prompt. Keep in mind that the Allen School transfer admissions committee will not be reviewing your UW transfer admissions personal statement, so please include any relevant information you would like to have considered.

If I am accepted to the Allen School as a transfer applicant, can I defer my offer of admission?

No. You may not defer your offer of admission to another entry term. The offer of admission is valid only for the quarter indicated on your offer letter. If you are unable to attend the UW at this time but wish to enroll for a future quarter, you will need to file a new application to UW and submit a new Allen School departmental application and meet all requirements and deadlines.

When will I find out my admission decision from the Allen School?

Transfer applicants that submit a departmental application to the Allen School are notified of their admission decision via the email address provided in their application. For spring applicants, departmental admissions decisions are sent in early February. For fall applicants, departmental admissions decisions are sent in mid-May. The Allen School does not send hard copy letters for admissions decisions.

Can I reapply to the Allen School as a transfer applicant if I have been denied before?

Yes. The Allen School does not have a limit on the number of times a transfer applicant can apply for admission. However, we strongly encourage all applicants denied admission to the Allen School to consider alternative undergraduate computing programs at other institutions or alternative computing-related majors at UW given how competitive admission is to the Allen School.

What if I am admitted to UW but not admitted as a transfer student to the Allen School for fall admission?

Transfer students who are admitted to UW as pre-majors or to another major will need to apply to the Allen School as a current UW student - https://www.cs.washington.edu/academics/ugrad/admissions/currentuw. These students are not guaranteed admission to the Allen School and admission is highly competitive. Additionally, coming to UW as a pre-major transfer student often extends the amount of time until a student can graduate. For this reason, we highly recommend that students that are not offered direct transfer admission to the Allen School plan for another major at UW or consider similar computing programs at other institutions. For assistance with academic planning as a pre-major student, please connect with an academic adviser in Undergraduate Academic Advising at UW to discuss your options - https://www.washington.edu/uaa/advising/. It is not possible to be admitted to UW as a pre-major student for spring admission.

Related Majors

Some students intending to study Computer Science or Computer Engineering may not ultimately gain admission to the Allen School, while others may discover another major that is a better for their strategies and goals. Students in other majors enjoy access to our non-majors courses, can serve as Allen School teaching assistants, and can participate in Allen School research.

Below is a sampling of other majors on the UW Seattle campus you may want to explore, based on your interest in our program. Please note that most of these majors are also competitive so it is important to reach out to them and discuss their application procedures.

Other Programs in Washington State

There are similar programs in the area which take transfer students, and we highly recommend that you apply to multiple programs if you're sure you want to study Computer Science or Computer Engineering. You should consider:

Questions?

Please e-mail the Allen School advisers at ugrad-adviser@cs.washington.edu. We encourage all prospective transfer applicants to the Allen School to attend an information session. We are happy to answer your questions!