Information for Incoming Students

Establishing a UW Net ID and UW Email Account

Your UW Net ID (University of Washington Network Identification) is your gateway to all University of Washington technologies. For more information, see: and

To setup your UW Net ID for the first time, go to:

Please note that upon creating your UW Net ID, you will need to specify where to have your UW mail forwarded. Students no longer have UW supported email servers. Students must either: 

  1. Choose to have their UW email forwarded to their own personal account (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.)***
  2. Create a UW Google Apps account
  3. Create a UW Windows Live account

***SMEA strongly recommends that students choose either UW Google Apps for UW Windows Live for their UW email account.  Forwarding mail to a personal, non-UW, email account often causes technical difficulties and poses security risks

You will not be able to use your email address until you have selected one of these options. UW uses two email domains, and Students will only be able to send mail as, but email sent to either domain will all go to the same ( account. 

For more information on UW Cloud-based services, see: and for more information on the UW email system, see:

Please note that in order to use the SMEA listservs, all mail must be sent from your account. If you choose to forward your UW email to your own personal email account, you must configure you email account to send mail on behalf of If you use UW Google Apps or UW Windows Live, you do not need to do any special configurations. 


MyUW is the University’s online portal to your email, financial information, course registration, Catalyst, and many other sites and tools. Once you have your UW Net ID, login at: MyUW is fully customizable, allowing users to create their own links (and boxes to hold them) and an easy drag-and-drop interface to move boxes containing information.

Catalyst Web Tools

Simply known as “Catalyst,” this online system contains links to course websites, shared files, and lets students create simple webpages to facilitate group projects. Once you have your UW Net ID, login at: Also, individuals without a UW Net ID can register for a free guest account facilitating work with users outside of the University.

Catalyst is maintained by Learning & Scholarly Technologies. They have created a simple user guide to Catalyst available at:

Registering for Courses

The Registrar's Office has created a number of online tutorials for the registration process. The Registrar's Office also created a handy how-to guide (PDF). 

Course registration at UW is all online through MyUW. Under “Quick Links” click “Registration” to get started.

Find courses using the “Time Schedule” and make note of the SLN. The SLN is a unique code for each course. For courses that are full or require permission from the instructor, often an Add Code will be required. Add Codes must be requested from the offering department (Michele Berg, SMEA Graduate Program Advisor, provides Add Codes for all SMEA courses).

Under “Add the following sections,” type in the SLNs for the courses you want to register for and any Add Codes as necessary. Click “Update Schedule” at the bottom to add your courses.

Note that 10 credits are required to be a full-time student. Financial Aid, RA/TA positions, etc. require 10 credits before processing can begin.


The U-PASS has now been integrated into your Husky Card, so you use it just like an Orca card. Simply tap your Husky Card on the Orca card reader when paying for your fare. The new Universal U-PASS costs $76/quarter and is automatically billed upon registration. The U-PASS provides free transportation on all King County Metro busses, Link Light Rail, and even provides some discounts at local businesses. If you’re a frequent Metro user, this pass can save you hundreds of dollars over full-fare service. For more information, see:

Free Microsoft Programs for Students funded by STF

Eligible UW students may obtain two (2) free licenses to Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade, Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus, and Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac courtesy of the Student Technology Fee (STF) Committee. For complete details, see: