How to Apply
Preparing to Apply
Transfer applicants are students who are currently or were previously enrolled at a college other than the University of Washington - Seattle after high school. Running Start students who are currently in high school and/or did not continue with college after high school graduation are not considered transfer students and should apply as direct-to-major applicants. Students who are already enrolled at UW can apply to the Allen School using our current UW student pathway. The Allen School does not accept undergraduate applications from post-baccalaureate students. This page focuses on the transfer application process. You can learn more about our undergraduate majors here!
Information for Prospective Transfer Students
Virtual Info Sessions
The Allen School offers an information session for prospective transfers on the second Thursday of every month from 3:30PM - 4:30PM PT. Canceled 6/8 & 7/13.
Transfer Thursday Drop-Ins
Have a quick question? We offer drop-in advising for prospective transfer students on Thursdays from 2:30PM - 3:30PM PT via Zoom. Our team will be unavailable 5/25 - 6/2 due to professional development.
Meet with an Ambassador
If you are interested in learning more about the student experience at the Allen School, you can schedule an appointment to chat with a current student from our ambassador team!
Schedule an Appointment
Prospective transfer students can schedule a virtual appointment via Zoom with someone from our transfer team. Please note that advisers cannot read your application!
How to Apply
Key Dates & Deadlines
The Allen School accepts applications for students to start in both Autumn and Spring quarters, we do not have Winter or Summer admission cycles. Please note: the Allen School departmental application is typically open for about 2 weeks prior to the application deadlines.
UW Transfer Application Deadline:
Allen School Application Deadline:
UW Transfer Application Deadline:
Allen School Application Deadline:
Allen School admission decisions will be sent in early February
Allen School admission decisions will be sent in mid May
Transfer Application Process
Below is a step-by-step outline of the process for applying to the Allen School as a transfer student. For more details, check out our Guide for Transfer Students (PDF).
The UW Transfer Application
- The first step in applying to the Allen School is to submit the UW Transfer Application for Autumn or Spring quarter.
- You should list either Computer Science or Computer Engineering as your first choice major.
- If there is another major on campus that interests you, you have the option to list it as your second choice major. If you are listing a second choice major, please make sure you learn about their admission process since admission to majors varies by major. Since Allen School applicants are considered in one pool, you should not list an Allen School major as your second choice major.
If you miss the UW application deadline, you will not be able to apply to the Allen School as a transfer applicant. The links below may help you in planning for your UW Transfer Application.
The Allen School Departmental Supplemental Application
- The next step for transfer applicants who want to be considered for direct admission to the Allen School is to fill out an Allen School Departmental Supplemental Application (departmental application).
- In order to be eligible, students must have their prerequisites completed by the departmental application deadline (see the preparing to apply section for more details).
- Please note that the departmental application is completely separate from the UW Transfer Application and will generally be open for about two weeks before it is due.
You are welcome to begin working on your departmental application essay before the application opens. The departmental application essay prompt can be found here. If you are having trouble completing the application, there is a “help” tool that can be very useful for answering your questions. If you cannot find the answer using the “help” tool, you can email our transfer recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing to Apply
Due by the UW Transfer Application Deadline
Before you submit your UW transfer application, you must have completed 30 graded quarter credits of college level coursework. Credit by exam programs such as AP or IB do not count as graded credit.
Due by the Allen School Departmental Supplemental Application Deadline
Transfer applicants must complete the prerequisite courses (listed below) by the departmental application deadline.
|Math||MATH 124, 125, & 126|
CSE 143 (or CSE 123)
|English||Five credits of English composition|
if Computer Engineering major:
if Computer Science major (choose one):
PHYS 121, BIOL 180, or CHEM 142 or a course from the approved list
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.
Please note that taking two semesters of Calculus is considered equivalent to taking three quarters of Calculus.
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. 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.
The Allen School will continue to offer a prerequisite exception request process for 2023 transfer applicants with unique circumstances that prevent them from finishing the Allen School prerequisites by the deadline. Applicants who do not have access to one of the prerequisite courses and applicants who were unable to complete one of the prerequisite courses due to exceptional circumstances may consider submitting an exception request.
Requests will only be considered from applicants who are missing one prerequisite course. Students who would enter the UW with less than 90 quarter credits are unlikely to be granted an exception. Exceptions are rare and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who are missing multiple prerequisite courses should plan to complete them at their current institution before applying or transfer to an institution that does offer them.
(Autumn 2023 Application Only) We will consider exceptions for applicants who do not have 30 credits by the time of the UW application deadline but will have 30 graded credits by the departmental application deadline. These exceptions are typically only granted to applicants who would have 90 or more total credits by the time that they would enroll at UW.
You can request an exception by filling out the Academic Exception Request Form. Applicants should submit this form once their unofficial transcript is up-to-date, including any prerequisite coursework that will be in-progress while they are applying.
Allen School Departmental Supplemental Application Checklist
- Review the information on the Determining Course Equivalency section to find out the best way to to identify equivalent courses at your current institution and the University of Washington. Then, make a plan to complete all Allen School prerequisite courses before the Allen School Departmental Supplemental Application deadline (January 15* for Spring (*note: deadline has been extended to January 17 at 5:00PM PT for Spring 2023); April 5 for Autumn)
- Apply to the UW - Seattle using the UW Transfer Application (by December 15 for Spring or February 15 for Autumn) and list CS or CE as your first choice major. Learn about how to apply to the UW as a transfer student here. You are not done applying, the Allen School requires a departmental application
- Begin reviewing the departmental application essay prompt (always available); please note that the rubric is closely based on the prompt so you should plan to answer all questions and follow the formatting guidelines. Check to make sure you included relevant information from your UW application in your departmental application. The Allen School does not have access to your UW application when reviewing the departmental application
- Create a list of all post high-school employment, research, volunteer work, extracurricular activities and clubs that you’ve been involved in since high school; you will put these in the activities section of your departmental application
- Complete and submit your departmental application. Please note that the application is only open for about 2 weeks so you should plan to prepare in advance. If you will have additional comments not included elsewhere, you may add them to the “Additional Comments” section of the departmental application. This application requires unofficial copies of your transcripts from all higher education institutions that you attended including grades from your most recent quarter
- Wait for your admission decisions from the Allen School and the UW! Ensure that you are checking the email address that you provided on your application in case we need to contact you!
Download the Transfer Application Checklist
Download the CS Transfer Planning Worksheet
Download the CE Transfer Planning Worksheet
Holistic Review Process
The Allen School admission uses a holistic review process, which considers academic background, personal statement quality, experiences and activities, higher education institution(s) attended, and residency. Priority is given to students who are transferring from a Washington State Community or Technical College (WA CTC) with about two years of coursework (90 quarter credits). We recognize that transfer students often have complex academic histories so upward grade trends are looked at positively, with most recent grades and grades in prerequisite subject areas being weighted most heavily in the academic review. Applicants are encouraged to give context to any academic inconsistencies on their transcript by explaining any circumstances that may have affected their academic performance in their application essay. Most students in our program are transferring from WA CTC and have a GPA of a 3.75 or better. Domestic non-resident (out-of-state) students, international students, and students transferring from a school that is not a Washington State Community or Technical College typically have a GPA of 3.9 or better.
For additional resources at the UW, please visit our Apply page!
Allen School Transfer Applicant FAQ
Program Eligibility Questions
Admit rate for all transfer applicants: 20% (69/334)
- Washington residents: 33% (59/177)
- Nonresident and International applicants: 6% (10/157)
- Non-resident: 2% (1/56)
- International: 9% (9/101)
91% (63/69) of admits are transferring from a Washington State Community or Technical College
No. Due to the Allen School’s holistic admission 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.
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.
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.
Yes. If you have met UW’s minimum admission requirements, have 30 graded college credits complete by the UW Transfer Application deadline, 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.
Unfortunately, no. Exams for credit do not count toward as graded credits.
Yes. As long as you do not have a prior bachelor’s degree and have met UW’s minimum admission 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.
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.
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.
Transfer credit evaluations are completed by the UW Office of Admission 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.
With that said, our recruitment team is happy to connect with you via email (email@example.com) to discuss the application process and to answer general transfer questions. Please keep in mind that our Allen School transfer team is unable to provide individualized academic plans for transfer applicants.
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. All transfer applicants can make an appointment with someone on our transfer recruitment team to speak broadly about the application process but we are unable to read your personal statement as we serve on the admission committee. Historically underrepresented students of color (African American, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian) can reach out to the UW’s Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment team for additional support.
Prerequisite courses may be in progress when you apply to the UW, but they should be completed by the departmental application deadline. For example, if you are applying for Spring quarter, they must be completed by January 15* (*note: deadline has been extended to January 17 at 5:00PM PT for Spring 2023). They can still be in progress when you apply to the UW before December 15. At most institutions, this means that Autumn is the last quarter that they can take a prerequisite course for Spring admission.
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 admission 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 admission committee recognizes that students may have academic inconsistencies in their academic record. Since the Allen School practices a holistic admission review process, transfer applicants are encouraged to discuss any academic inconsistencies or provide additional context to their academic history in their personal statement.
No. Transfer applicants should write their essay answering the specific questions in the departmental application personal statement prompt. Keep in mind that the Allen School transfer admission committee will not be reviewing your UW transfer admission personal statement, so please repeat any relevant information you would like to have considered.
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.
Departmental applications are reviewed by an admission committee consisting of Allen School faculty and staff.
No. The UW transfer admission application process is separate from the Allen School’s transfer departmental application process. Applicants should include any relevant information from the UW transfer admission application in the departmental application that they would like to have considered by the Allen School’s transfer admission committee.
Your admission decision will be sent to the email address that you provided in your application.
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 admission decisions are sent in early February. For Autumn applicants, departmental admission decisions are sent in mid-May. The Allen School does not send hard copy letters for admission decisions.
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.
Transfer students who are admitted to UW as pre-majors should consider whether or not there is another major on campus that they are interested in. Students who enroll at UW as pre-majors and want to apply to the Allen School will need to apply through our Current UW student pathway. This pathway is highly competitive and there is no guarantee of admission for students who pursue this option. It is only recommended that students enroll at UW as a pre-major if they have other interests outside of the Allen School. 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.
The Allen School does not offer admission decision appeals. If you were not admitted to the Allen School, you would need to reapply to be considered for admission into the Allen School again.
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/.
Other Computing Related Degree Programs
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 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.
- Applied & Computational Mathematical Sciences
- Electrical Engineering (particularly the embedded systems track)
- Geography (particularly the geographic information systems track)
- Human Centered Design & Engineering
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:
- University of Washington Bothell
- University of Washington Tacoma
- Bellevue College - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Cascadia College - Bachelors of Applied Science in Mobile Application Development
- Central Washington University
- Central Washington University @ Des Moines
- Eastern Washington University
- Evergreen State College
- Green River College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development
- Gonzaga University
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development
- North Seattle College - Applied Bachelor’s in Application Development
- North Seattle College - Computer Science Bachelor of Applied Science (B.S.) Degree
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Renton Technical College - Bachelor of Applied Science in Application Development
- Saint Martin’s University
- Seattle Pacific University
- Seattle University
- University of Puget Sound
- Walla Walla University
- Washington State University
- Washington State University @ TriCities
- Washington State University @ Vancouver
- Western Washington University
- Whitman College
- Whitworth University
- Complete list of all WA State Colleges and Universities
Please email the Allen School transfer recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage all prospective transfer applicants to the Allen School to attend an information session. We are happy to answer your questions!