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Startup is a one year cohort-based program that provides dynamic support to incoming Allen School Freshman Direct Admits who have limited programming experiences and/or are from low-income, first-generation and underserved communities. 

Program Requirements & Opportunities

The Startup program provides students with a number of opportunities and resources throughout their first-year at the University of Washington! Through participating in our signature Pre-Autumn Startup course, quarterly cohort meet-ups and receiving individualized support from the Startup program team, students gain a strong first-year foundation that will prepare them for their next steps at UW.

Startup Curriculum

The Startup curriculum equips students in building foundation computing and problem solving skills that spans throughout their first-year experience. 

Pre-Autumn Startup Course

Students begin their time in the Startup Program by participating in a 4-week long course during the summer that combines computer science content with holistic skills to prepare students for transitioning to the UW. The Pre-Autumn Startup course provides an immersive experience for students as they delve into dynamic and creative programming projects, experience living on campus and form meaningful connections with peers, staff, faculty and alumni who are part of the greater Allen School community. Students receive 5 credits (CSE 190E), live-on campus and must be available for the entire 4-weeks of the Pre-Autumn Startup course. Campus housing, dining and transporation are paid for! 

Intro to Programming Supplemental Workshops

Students participate in supplemental workshops (CSE 190Y) while concurrently completing the Allen School Intro to Programming course series. Startup supplemental workshops are designed to reinforce and deepen mastery in programming concepts and problem solving. 

Startup Cohort 2021-2022The Cohort Experience

Startup students experience having a smaller tight-knit community while being on a large campusStudents not only build relationships with their Startup peers through taking similar academic courses in their first-year but also participate in quarterly Startup cohort meet-ups and community building activities to connect outside of the classroom. In the past, we have taken Startup students to a high ropes course, the Woodland Park Zoo and bowling! Additionally, each student is paired with a former Startup student who has 'graduated' from the Startup program and gone through the experience of transition from high school to college while completing the Startup program.

Holistic Academic Advising

Startup students have a dedicated team of program staff who serve as a resource in helping support each individual student's academic and personal goals. Students work one-on-one with their Startup Academic Adviser each quarter to discuss academic planning, student engagement opportunities, scholarships and other campus resources in helping navigate the university environment.

Admissions Process

Starting in autumn 2022, students will be admitted into the Startup program through the Pathways for Inclusive Excellence (PIE) program. Students who select computer science or computer engineering as their first choice major on their UW freshman application and who would benefit from additional support are selected for PIE conditional admission. Your University of Washington admission letter will state that you have been selected for the conditional admission cohort and notified via their UW admissions decision.