Undergraduate TA Positions -- Application Instructions

(see the TA Home Page for an overview and more information on CSE TA positions.)

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TA POSITIONS IN CSE 142 AND 143:  Due to the smaller number of available CSE 142/143 TA positions in summer, hiring for these courses is expected to be limited to students with previous 14x TA experience.
An announcement with information on how to apply for autumn quarter 142/143 TA positions will be made towards the end of spring quarter.   More information on CSE 142/143  TA positions and instructions on how to apply can be found here: http://courses.cs.washington.edu/courses/cse14x/ta/apply.php.

Application Instructions


The CSE TA application website has recently undergone a significant update and redesign which should greatly simplify the TA application process.  All applicants should carefully read the application instructions.   

If you are a returning TA candidate and have submitted an application in the past, please take special note of the following changes which may require your attention:

  • Course category preferences: a new listing for "Data Structures" has been added. Also, the Course Category preferences you select will no longer auto-populate the Individual Course preferences (Previously, e.g., if you indicated a positive preference for the "Theory" course category, all the individual Theory courses being offered would automatically get that same preference ranking--this is no longer the case).   
  • Individual course preferences: TA course preferences are now indicated using a 1-5 scale instead of 0-1. Prior preferences were not converted to this scale so TA applicants who had prior preference data will need to re-enter it using the new scale. 
  • An optional "Personal Statement" section has replaced the previous "experience" and "reasons for applying" sections.  Any information you previously provided here has NOT been carried over and will need to be resubmitted, if you so wish.
  • Applicants no longer need to self-report their grades, prior CSE TA experience, advisors, major, etc.; that data is now gathered automatically.


  • Go to the TA application website and sign in with your UW NetID: https://ta.cs.washington.edu/apply/
  • You should now see a page with your "TA Candidate Dashboard".  Click the "Apply" button which will take you to the application page.
  • In the Basic information section, you should see your name displayed; For "TA type", make the appropriate selection.
  • In the Personal statement section, you may describe why you would like to be a TA and/or what outside experience you have. This is not required; rather the purpose is for you to provide any information you'd like instructors and/or the TA administrators to know when considering you for a TA position.  This information is particularly helpful if you are a non-CSE student or a first-time applicant.  Graduate students from other majors can also provide links to their CV or undergrad transcript information if available.  
  • In the Course category preferences section, indicate your general preferences for the various course areas. 
  • Finally, in the Individual course preferences section, you can indicate your TA preference rankings for individual courses.  Simply give whichever course you would prefer to be assigned to a higher ranking preference from 1 to 5 (with 5 being most preferred) and rank any other courses relative to that (or the same if you have an equal preference).  Also, if you are unable to TA for a course due to a schedule time conflict (i.e. you are unable to attend any of that course's lectures OR the weekly course staff meeting), please check the schedule conflict checkbox in the first column.
  • Click the Submit button and you're all done!


Pim Lustig
274 Gates Center

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