Admission for Current UW and Transfer Students

Admission to the undergraduate program of the Foster School of Business is competitive, but we encourage all who meet the minimum application requirements to apply. Besides academic criteria and writing skills, we consider applicants whose life experiences will bring to the classroom cultural diversity or unique perspectives.

Current UW Seattle student applicants: Current UW Seattle students and those admitted to UW Seattle for the quarter during which the Foster School application deadline falls, need to complete and submit only a Foster School application (see below for application details).

Returning students: Returning students must complete and file a UW Returning Student Application as well as a Foster School application (see below for application details).

Transfer applicants: If you have never attended UW as a matriculated student, you must submit two applications—one to the University of Washington and one to the Foster School (see below for application details).

A transfer applicant is one who:

  • has never attended UW Seattle or has attended UW Seattle only as a non-matriculated undergraduate,
  • has not been accepted to UW Seattle for the quarter during which the UW Foster School application deadline falls, and
  • has a total of at least 60 transferable college credits completed by the deadline.

Admission to the Foster School is contingent upon admission to the UW, although you may apply to the University and the Foster School simultaneously. UW Admissions operates on a different timeline; deadline dates differ depending on your application status. Don't miss a deadline.

Click on the headings below to learn more about the Foster School's application deadlines, selection criteria and notification dates, application requirements and the online application.

Application Deadlines

Below are the Foster School's application deadlines for current UW students and transfer students. Also included on this page are the application timelines for a summer/autumn quarter start and a winter quarter start.

Pathway Application Deadline Enrollment Quarter
Current UW and transfer students October 5 Winter quarter
  April 5 Summer or autumn quarter

Notification of Decision
Applicants will be notified of their admission decisions by letter. We strive to notify current UW students of our decisions by the first day of junior registration for the quarter for which they are applying. Transfer students usually receive notification by the first day of Period II registration.

Autumn 2014 Notification Dates
Current UW Students: May 9
Transfer Students: June 13

Application Timeline: April 5 deadline (summer/autumn start)
Below is the application timeline for students who want to enroll in the Foster School in summer or autumn quarter.

When Who What and Where
January  All Applicants Register for the Writing Skills Assessment, a required part of the UW Foster application. Assessment sessions begin in January.

Foster Business scholarship applications will be available for downloading from the School’s website.
  Transfer Applicants If you have not already applied to UW Seattle, begin the application process by submitting a UW application and all supporting documents to the UW Office of Admissions. See UW Office of Admissions’ website for transfer students.
February-March All Applicants Attend an application workshop. Application workshops present detailed information about the application process, including the Writing Skills Assessment, to students who plan to apply to the Foster School of Business.
FEBRUARY 15 Transfer Applicants UW application deadline for all transfer students for summer or autumn. See UW Office of Admissions’ websites for transfer students for more information.
  International Applicants All materials to complete your UW application file must be received by UW Office of Admissions by February 15. Remember to take an English proficiency exam in time for the UW to receive your scores by the application deadline. Contact UW Office of Admissions for deadlines or check the International Applicants’ website for details.
  All Applicants If you are applying for a need-based business scholarship, you must submit a FAFSA application. For priority consideration, your FAFSA should be sent by February 15 and must be dated as received by the federal processor by February 28.
APRIL 5 All Applicants Foster School of Business application deadline for autumn.
All materials must be submitted via the online application by the application deadline. Do not wait until the last minute!

Last date to take the Writing Skills Assessment (WSA) for the autumn application period.

Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB) priority application deadline.
APRIL 15 All Applicants Deadline to apply for Foster scholarships.
May UW Seattle Applicants
(non-Transfers)
Majority of UW applicants will receive electronic decision notifications about the status of their Foster School applications just before Priority I Junior registration.
June Transfer Applicants Majority of transfer applicants will receive electronic decision notifications about the status of their Foster School applications after UW Admissions notifications go out.

Application Timeline: October 5 deadline (winter quarter start)
Below is the application timeline for students who want to enroll in the Foster School in winter quarter.

When Who What and Where
July All Applicants Register for the Writing Skills Assessment, a required part of the UW Foster application. Assessment sessions begin in September.
August Transfer Applicants If you have not already applied to UW Seattle, begin the application process by submitting a UW application and all supporting documents to the UW Office of Admissions. See UW Office of Admissions’ websites for transfer students.
September All Applicants Application workshops present detailed information about the application process, including the Writing Skills Assessment, to students who plan to apply to the Foster School of Business. Schedule can be found on the School’s website.

SEPTEMBER 1

Transfer Applicants UW application deadline for all new transfer students for winter quarter. See UW Office of Admissions' website for transfer students.
OCTOBER 5 All Applicants Foster School of Business application deadline for autumn.
All materials must be submitted via the online application by the application deadline. Do not wait until the last minute!

Last date to take the Writing Skills Assessment (WSA) for the winter application period.

Certificate of International Studies in Business (CISB) priority application deadline.
November UW Seattle Applicants
(non-Transfers)
Majority of UW applicants will receive electronic decision notifications about the status of their Foster School applications just before Priority I Junior registration.
December Transfer Applicants Majority of transfer applicants will receive electronic decision notifications about the status of their Foster School applications after UW Admissions notifications go out.

Selection Criteria

Admission to the Undergraduate Program in the Foster School of Business is competitive. Each year, approximately 50% of applicants—between 550 and 650—are admitted.

Standard Admission
For all current UW and transfer applicants, index scores are created from three admissions factors, which are standardized, then assigned the following weights.

Combined GPA (40%)
Pre-application GPA (25%)
Writing Skills Assessment (35%)

Beyond this index, consideration is given to such factors as cultural experiences, significantly higher recent grades, exceptional extracurricular activities or leadership experience and the effect of personal disadvantage on earlier education. We accept applications for autumn and winter quarters. Students admitted for autumn quarter have the option to enroll for summer quarter.

Application Requirements

Below is the list of application requirements.

Minimum Academic Requirements
To be eligible to apply to the Foster School of Business, a student must, at the time of application, have a total of at least 60 college credits from UW and/or other accredited colleges and universities. Students must also have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for:

  • all college credits, including transfer credits
  • all business course credits, including transfer credits
  • all UW credits
  • all UW business course credits

We only count credits from non-UW institutions that are transferable to UW. The Foster School is not currently accepting postbaccalaureate applications.

Completion Deadlines for Prerequisite Courses
The chart below presents a quick picture of the courses required before application and, if admitted, those required before entering the program. Course numbers are for courses offered at UW Seattle, but equivalents will be considered.

Pre-application courses must be completed by the application deadline (April 5 for autumn/summer or October 5 for winter); pre-admission courses must be completed by the last day of spring quarter for autumn admission and by the last day of the autumn quarter for winter admission.

Courses Required of Applicants Pre-application Pre-admission
Calculus (MATH 112 or 124) 1  
English Composition (1 college-level course)
C LIT 240, ENGL 109-110, 111, 121, 131, 197, 198, 199, 281, 297, 298, 299
 
Financial Accounting (ACCTG 215) 2  
Microeconomics (ECON 200) 3  
Macroeconomics (ECON 201) 3  
Managerial Accounting (ACCTG 225) 2  
Introduction to Law (MGMT 200) 4  
Statistical Methods (QMETH 201) 5  
  1. We will also accept MATH 134, MATH 145, or Q SCI 291 for calculus.
  2. If transferring from a college where the fundamentals of accounting are taught in a 3-part series, you must complete the first two courses before the application deadline and the third course by the pre-admission deadline.
  3. Applicants may take either micro- or macroeconomics before applying, but they must complete both by the pre-admission deadline.
  4. If you attend a school where an equivalent course is not taught, contact our office for advice.
  5. We will also accept STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, STAT 390, PSYCH 315 , PSYCH 317 and PSYCH 318, Q SCI 381, MATH 390, or IND E 315 for statistics.

Transfer applicants: Courses taught at the freshman and sophomore levels at other colleges usually cannot be used to satisfy the School's upper-division business requirements for graduation.

The UW Foster School of Business honors the Associate Degree Agreement for those students who have an approved associate degree from a Washington community college.

Credit Restrictions and UW Residence Requirement
A transfer student is allowed a maximum of 90 transferable community college credit hours toward the 180 credits needed for the UW bachelor’s degree. Up to 90 credit hours of correspondence or other extension coursework may also apply to the bachelor’s degree.

However, every student must complete 45 of the final 60 credit hours in residence at the UW. To meet the upper-division requirement for a BABA, a student must complete six of the nine upper-division core classes (including a capstone course), and 40 of the 53 required upper-division business credit hours at UW Seattle.

Students who have taken more than three of the nine upper-division core business courses at another institution, including UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, are generally not admitted to the UW Foster School of Business. Contact a business adviser if you have questions.

Writing Skills Assessment (WSA)
All applicants to the Foster School must take the Writing Skills Assessment. In the assessment session, students are given 90 minutes to plan and write two essays. One essay is based on a short workplace scenario (the persuasion task) and one is based on an assertion (the position task).

Degree Plan (current UW students only)
All current UW Seattle students applying to the Foster School who meet one or more of the following criteria must submit a degree plan along with the application:

For those planning on a double degree or CISB, you must have your degree plan signed by the departmental adviser in the second major. Degree plans for 135+ credits or applying after the 7th quarter do not need adviser signatures.

Fill out your degree plan and return it by the application deadline to the Undergraduate Programs Office. At this time it is not possible to upload it via the online application.

Undergraduate Programs Office
c/o Application
202 Dempsey Hall, Box 353223
Seattle, WA 98195

Online Application (Apply here)

Before you Start
The online application will go live at least two months prior to the application deadline. Here are some things you will need to think about before you start completing the application:

  • Choose an email account you actually check. All of the communication will happen via email. You'll be able to choose from Google, Windows Live, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Open ID, or Blogger to log-in to the online application.
  • Be aware of the time. The application is due by 11:59 p.m. on April 5 (for summer/autumn start) or October 5 (for winter start). We will not accept applications sent at midnight or later; the system will completely shut you out at exactly 11:59 p.m. Do not wait until the last minute to begin the application. If any application issues arise, you will want to be able to discuss them with someone from the Undergraduate Programs Office.
  • Have unofficial transcripts ready. The online application will require that you submit PDF copies of your unofficial transcripts from all collegiate institutions you have attended. In most cases, the easiest way to access a PDF version is to print to PDF. In some cases, you may need to get hard copies and scan them as a PDF. This may take extra time. So again, don't wait until the last minute.
  • Think about your personal statement. You only have 1,000 words to address four areas: Hardship, Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Leadership, and Familial Educational Background. The personal statement is your chance to tell us something transcripts and Writing Skills Assessment scores can't tell us. This is the place on the application to call attention to the things that have impacted your life and your educational journey. Don't tell us how much you want to be a Foster student; we know you want it. You wouldn't be applying if you didn't.

What the Application Looks Like
The online application is divided into the following sections:

  • Personal Information. Tell us your name, basic demographic information, and what Formal Option you want to pursue.
  • Pre-Application Courses. Tell us what you took and your grades for financial accounting, micro or macro economics, calculus, and English composition. See "Application Requirements" above for a list of all courses.
  • Additional Prerequisites. Let us know what pre-admission courses (managerial accounting, micro or macro economics, introduction to law, and statistics) you have completed or are currently enrolled in. See "Application Requirements" above for a list of all courses.
  • Collegiate Institutions Attended. You will have to list all colleges/universities attended, including the UW, with the most recent listed first.
  • Writing Skills Assessment. All you have to do is list the location, date, and whether you've taken the WSA previously. We'll match the rest.
  • Personal Statement. Your personal statement is an important part of your application for admission. It provides you the opportunity to discuss aspects of your life that may not be apparent from information provided on your application, transcripts or the Writing Skills Assessment. You'll have four boxes and space for 1,000 total words and will be asked to write about the following topics:
    1. Describe any personal or economic hardships or barriers you've had to overcome and explain how they affected your education. Be specific about when you encountered these hardships and how long they lasted.
    2. In the context of your life experience, describe your understanding of cultural differences, how this awareness was acquired, and how it affected you.
    3. Write about any experience you've had that demonstrates your leadership skills. Examples could be taken from: employment, community service, student organizations, or similar situations. Be specific about when you had these experience(s) and how long they lasted.
    4. How has the educational background of your parents/legal guardians influenced your own education, especially your decision to go to college? What kind of support did you receive in making and pursuing this decision? Please tell us if you are among the first generation in your family to go to college.
  • Degree Plan (current UW Seattle students only).
    All current UW Seattle students applying to the Foster School who meet one or more of the following criteria must submit a degree plan along with the application:  
    For those planning on a double degree or CISB, you must have your degree plan signed by the departmental adviser in the second major. Degree plans for 135+ credits or applying after the 7th quarter do not need adviser signatures.

    Fill out your degree plan and return it by the application deadline to the Undergraduate Programs Office. At this time it is not possible to upload it via the online application.

    Undergraduate Programs Office
    c/o Application
    202 Dempsey Hall, Box 353223
    Seattle, WA 98195
  • Transcripts. Here is where you'll be uploading PDFs. You will not be able to submit your application if there is a collegiate institution listed that does not have a matching transcript. Keep the following in mind:
    • You must submit a separate transcript from each college level institution, even if you took college-level courses in high school or if the courses appear on your UW transcript.
    • If you have had grade changes, they must be reflected on the transcripts you submit with your application. We will not accept grade changes after the application deadline.
    • In order for transfer credits to be added to your UW record, you must also request official transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions.
    • Convert letter grades to numeric grades using the following chart:



      B+ 3.3 C+ 2.3 D+ 1.3

      A 4 B 3.0 C 2.0 D 1.0

      A- 3.7 B- 2.7 C- 1.7 D- 0.7
  • Submit and Verify. We ask you to verify that everything you've submitted is accurate and honest.

Access the Application
Apply here.

Programs & Scholarships Requiring Separate Applications


Application checklist
  • Pre-application courses
  • Pre-admission courses
  • List of collegiate institutions attended
  • Writing Skills Assessment
  • Personal statement
  • Degree plan (current UW students only)
  • PDF of unofficial transcripts from every collegiate institution attended
Find more information about each item under Application Requirements and Online Application.
Practice for the WSA with our online workshop.
This online workshop is designed to help you practice the WSA before actually taking the exam. We offer some tips and strategies to help before you begin to write, and then offer two sample questions that you can respond to.
Got a question about the Foster School of Business? Send your email advising questions to bizinfo@uw.edu.