University of Washington (WA)

University of Washington (WA)

Common Application 

Regular Decision: Dec. 1, 2016

Essay Questions:

At the University of Washington, we consider the college essay as our opportunity to see the person behind the transcripts and the numbers. Some of the best statements are written as personal stories. We welcome your imaginative interpretation. Maximum length: 550 words

A. Choose one topic from the five prompts listed below (Required)

Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.

Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give younger siblings or friends (assuming they would listen to you)?

Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

B. Short Response (Required)

Maximum length: 400 words

Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington.


Keep in mind that the University of Washington strives to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, values, and viewpoints.

C. Additional Information About Yourself or Your Circumstances (Optional)

Maximum length: 200 words

You are not required to write anything in this section, but you may include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if:

You are hoping to be placed in a specific major soon

A personal or professional goal is particularly important to you

You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education

Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations

You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended

Documents Required:
  • $60 application fee ($75 for international applicants)
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility 
  • Official transcript
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports of TOEFL or IELTS

Other Information: 

Address: University of Washington
               Office of Admissions
              1410 NE Campus Parkway - 320 Schmitz Hall
               Box 355852
               Seattle WA 98195-5852

Phone: 206-543-9686
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 4854
ACT Code: 4484