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Washington Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Washington, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 53.3%, admission to Washington is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1600, or an ACT score of around 35.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Washington’s admission statistics.


Washington Admissions Statistics

Washington’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 53.3%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 36,840 applicants, Washington admitted about 19,646. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.78, the average ACT score was 22, and the average SAT score was 1300.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 26, and the 75th percentile score was 31.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1190. The 75th percentile score was 1420.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Washington is pretty competitive. Even if Washington is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Washinton’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Washington Application Requirements

To apply to Washington, you’ll need to fill out the Coalition Application and the UW supplement, pay the $80 application fee, submit an ACT or SAT score, and your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by November 15th.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Coalition Application, answer UW’s supplementary questions, and pay an application fee of $80
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is November 15th. November 18 is the financial aid application deadline. Regular Decision applicants find out their fates in early to mid-March.

Have you been admitted to Washington? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Washington Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Washington, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 48% are male and 52% are female
  • 14.2% of students are international

Washington has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 14.2%
  • Underrepresented minority: 1.3%
  • Two or more races: 8.2%
  • White: 48.6%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Washington offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Washington Tuition Figures

At $49,986, Washington’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $15,000.

Here’s a fuller look at Washington tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $49,986
  • Average financial aid package: $15,000
  • The average student debt of a Washington graduate is $21,900

Now, what is life like at Washington? Let’s take a look.


Washington Location

Washington’s main campus is located in Seattle, Washington and is one of the oldest universities on the United States’ West Coast.

The campus itself is highly regarded and has been used as a backdrop for various Hollywood films over the decades including WarGames, The Sixth Man, Singles and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Remember, you’re going to Washington for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Washington Academics

Washington has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • American Ethnic Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • English
  • History
  • Industrial Design
  • Jazz Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Microbiology
  • Norwegian
  • Physics
  • Construction Management
  • Bioengineering
  • Oceanography

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Washington.


Student Life at Washington

Washington has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and political interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Washington’s student activities:

  • Advanced Robotics at the University of Washington
  • BioExplore
  • CandleLight Foundation
  • Dance Student Association
  • EcoReps
  • Film Club at the UW
  • Game Development Club
  • Harry Potter Club
  • Index of Seattle life
  • Judo Club
  • Kendo Club
  • La Raza Student Commission
  • Mahjong Club
  • NAMI on Campus
  • Out in Business
  • Paneer Club
  • Qmedicine

Are you an athlete? Washington’s got plenty of options for you.


Washington Athletics

Washington offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Washington’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Rowing
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Washington degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Washington has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Baskin & Robbins co-founder Irv Baskins
  • Film critic and writer Robert Osborne
  • Martial artist and actor Bruce Lee
  • Musician Kenny G
  • Painter Chuck Close
  • Alaska Airlines CEO William S. Ayer
  • Author Tom Robbins
  • US Senator Henry M. Jackson
  • MLB Pitcher Tim Lincecum
  • NFL quarterback Mark Brunell
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Wright

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Washington is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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