Admission to the University of Washington
Admission decisions are made by the UW's Office
of Undergraduate Admissions.
Students must first be admitted to the University of Washington before they
can apply to the English major.
Admission information for freshmen, transfer students, and international students,
and post baccalaureate students is available here: UW
Seattle Day Programs.
Be sure to apply to the UW by the applicable
deadlines, which, especially for freshmen and international students,
can be more than nine months in advance of the start of school. You can reach
the Office of Admissions at (206) 543-9686, or send e-mail through
form on the Admissions website.
Campus tours are available Monday through Friday on a set schedule.
The UW Office of Admissions offers information sessions weekly for prospective
and weekly Transfer
Thursday sessions for prospective transfer students.
Admission to the English major
The English Department accepts applications to the major only from matriculated
UW students. We are not able to pre-admit, directly admit, or screen applicants
who are not already matriculated/degree-seeking UW students.
We do welcome you to apply once
you have become a matriculated UW student and have completed English major
prerequisite courses ENGL 301 and 297.
We reserve spots for new transfer students in our prerequisite courses
(ENGL 301 and 297, a pair that must be taken concurrently) each quarter. Once
new students have successfully completed these courses, they may apply to the
English major at the beginning of their second quarter at the UW. If you'll
from a four-year college or university, please feel free to contact
an English Adviser at
206/ 543-2634 or email@example.com during
your new student orientation about English course work you've
completed elsewhere that may be applicable for departmental admission purposes.
In general, however, there are very few equivalents to our prerequisite courses,
so all new students should plan to take ENGL 301 and 297 during their first
quarter at the UW.
The English major has two pathways: language
and literature or creative writing.
to language and literature is not competitive: any student who has completed prerequisite courses ENGL 301 and 297 with grades of at least 2.0 in each course, who presents an overall GPA of at least 2.00, and who presents an English GPA of 2.50 for all English courses (UW and transfer) will be admitted.
Admission to the creative writing pathway is somewhat competitive, based on the creative writing sample submitted, but generally between 60 and 80 per cent of applicants are admitted.
Even before you've been admitted to the UW, however, you are welcome to speak with an English
adviser. We're happy to discuss your plans and your application with you.
Advice for prospective transfer students
I'll be applying to the UW as a transfer student. What courses does the Department
of English recommend that I take before I transfer?
The Department of English resides in the College of Arts and Sciences, which
has a foreign
language requirement for graduation purposes. If you did not complete at
least three years in high school of the same foreign language (e.g., three
years of high school French is acceptable, but two years of French plus one
year of Spanish won't suffice), then you'll be subject to the UW's requirement
If possible, it
is a very good idea to complete a year of college-level foreign language
of 2.0 or above
in the final quarter or semester. This is especially true if your intended
foreign language for graduation purposes is Spanish: it is extremely difficult
for non freshmen to access 100-level Spanish courses at the UW during the regular
academic year. There are other ways to satisfy this requirement, for example,
you may be able to pass a proficiency exam in another language or establish
yourself as a literate native speaker of a language other than English. For
details, please consult the College
of Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements.
If you are trying
to plan ahead, you may also wish to complete some applicable natural sciences
courses toward the fulfillment of the UW's distribution requirement, called
of Knowledge. For details, please consult the College
of Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements. If you'll be transferring
from a Washington community college, you can check the UW
Transfer Guide to see whether or not your science courses will transfer to the UW as Natural
World courses toward the satisfaction of this requirement.
One thing we
recommend that you avoid is taking too many English courses at the
sophomore level. The English major at the UW allows no more than 15 credits (on
the quarter system) in freshman- and sophomore-level English courses to apply
English major (this includes one of our prequisite courses, ENGL 297); the
major credits must be taken at the junior and senior levels.
Prospective transfer students are also advised to review information
on transfer planning from the UW Admissions Office.
Transferring courses from other schools
If you complete an approved English course through a Washington state
community college, course equivalencies have already been established. See
the Transfer Guide for more information.
Most English literature and writing courses taken at two- and four-year
colleges and universities
within in the U.S. will transfer to the UW if they are (a)
taken from an accredited college or university, (b) college level, (c)
not designed for non-native speakers of English seeking basic language instruction,
(d) not courses that provided instruction in a particular religious doctrine,
and (e) not considered vocational/technical courses. How these courses
initially transfer is determined by UW
If you believe that an English course you took elsewhere should have transferred
to the UW, or should have transferred as a different kind of credit, please
speak with an English adviser. We will need to see a copy of your transcript
school where you took the course as well as a course syllabus. In some cases,
we may ask you for course materials (assignments you completed, papers you
If you completed the English course outside the U.S., please be aware that
(a) the UW Admissions Office must first determine if the course was taken
at an accredited/recognized college or university abroad and is eligible
for transfer, and
(b) you will need to have an English
Department adviser evaluate the course for
transfer, and we will ask you for a copy of your transcript and a syllabus
(and, sometimes, for course materials such as assignments you completed or
papers you wrote), and
(c) the course must have been taken in one of these countries: Canada, Great
Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia.
Unless English courses were taken in the U.S., Canada,
Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia, they are not eligible
for transfer as English literature or composition credit at the UW, even
if the course was taught
in English, was taught by a native speaker,
The only possible exception to this policy is for Advanced Level (A-Level)
certificates that students earned through British A-Level exams in international
in countries such as India or Singapore that follow the British system.
Post baccalaureate admission
The University of Washington admits very few post baccalaureate students. Post
baccalaureate admission is offered to students who are working toward a second bachelorís degree or preparing for entrance to graduate or professional school. Only a small number of applicants are admitted every quarter as postbacs because the UW's primary commitment is to undergraduates who are completing a first bachelorís degree.
Do I need to apply to the English Department before/when applying to the University?
No. In fact, the Department of English accepts applications only from matriculated
University of Washington students. If you're a newly-admitted student,
you'll want to meet with an English
adviser during your new student orientation to enroll in prerequisite
courses (ENGL 301 and 297) for
your first quarter at the UW. If you believe you completed equivalent courses
during the course of your first bachelor's degree, please feel free to contact
an English Adviser at
206/ 543-2634 or firstname.lastname@example.org to
find out if you can be exempted from these prerequisites. In general,
however, there are very few equivalents to our prerequisite courses,
so all new students should plan to take ENGL 301 and 297 during their first
quarter at the UW.
baccalaureate admission application says that I need a recommendation
UW academic department that houses the major I'm interested in.
This statement is somewhat misleading. You actually do not need a recommendation
from the English Department in order to apply for post baccalaureate admission.
(In fact, it will be difficult for us to recommend you for admission if we
don't know your academic history.) You should always feel free, however,
an English Undergraduate Adviser to talk about your eligibility for the
can reach us at 206/
543-2634, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
On your post baccalaureate admission application, you should list English
as your intended major. The UW Admissions Office will then send a referral
to our department, asking us if you're eligible for admission to the English
major. We will give one of three answers:
- You're eligible,
based on the prerequisite requirements
for the major.
- You're not eligible at this time, but there is strong potential for your
admission. (We will give this response if you have completed some English courses
or if your English and/or cumulative GPAs make you a competitive applicant.)
- You're not eligible at this time. (We will give this response if you haven't
taken English courses, or if your English or cumulative GPAs do not make you
a competitive applicant.)
The admission decision is ultimately made by the Office
of Undergraduate Admissions, and not by the English Department. You may be admitted (or
to UW regardless of the response we provide in this admission referral.
Taking UW classes without being admitted
Students who have not applied --or not yet been admitted --to the University
of Washington can still take UW courses. During the academic year (autumn,
matriculated/non degree students can sign up for regular day or evening
courses on a standby basis. During summer
quarter, non matriculated/non degree students may register in advance.
Non degree students may seek permission from faculty to sign up for classesin
regular non matriculated status. The Department of English does not sponsor
any Graduate Non Matriculated (GNM) students.
Pursuing secondary teaching endorsement requirements in English language
For non UW students planning to complete English
language arts secondary teaching endorsement requirements in preparation for applying to the UW
College of Education's Master in Teaching (MIT) Program:
Candidates to the UW
Teacher Education Program who plan to pursue a master
in teaching (MIT), or certificated teachers seeking to add an English language
arts teaching endorsement, should meet with an English
Department adviser to
discuss course requirements and options for taking courses. More information
Applicants to the Teacher Education Program
Certificated teachers seeking to add an endorsement
Seeking UW English Department advising
May I seek advice
from a UW English adviser before I'm officially a UW student?
best times to come by in person are during quarter breaks, but you are welcome
at any time. We recommend that you avoid the first three weeks of the quarter,
as these are very busy times when our office
is crowded with UW students. Click here for information about
how, where, and when to find us.