Students who transfer to the UW Tacoma with more than 40 transferable credits at the time of application must complete the following requirements:
- Intermediate algebra with a minimum grade of 2.0 (either in high school or college)
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application
- Proof of English proficiency
- Two years of world language, defined as two years of the same World Language through level 102 (or two years in high school)
*The World Language study must be devoted to a single World Language and must be in sequence, with no repetition of any prior term of study. Any foreign or World Language other than English that has been formally studied may be used to satisfy this requirement, including languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek. American Sign Language (AMESLAN) will also meet this requirement. The World Language requirement will be considered satisfied if you had instruction (outside of the U.S.) through seventh grade in a language other than English.
It is possible for transfer students with a World Language deficiency to be admitted to the university with the special permission of the University Admissions Committee. According to university policy, these "provisionally admitted" students are responsible for removing the World Language deficiency as soon as possible after enrolling. A student will not be allowed to graduate without having satisfied this requirement.
Additional requirements if you have earned fewer than 40 college credits after leaving high school (except in the case where the college credits were all earned the summer immediately after high school):
- Fulfill the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)
- Submit your high school transcript
- Submit your SAT/ACT test scores
- Complete the UW Tacoma Transfer Application*
- Pay the $60 application fee ($75 for international applicants) when you submit your application
- Write your personal statement
- Submit standardized test scores
- Submit your transcripts
*A complete application includes all supplemental materials, essays and transcripts.
Application deadlines for transfer admission vary by degree program. You are encouraged to turn in your application as early as possible to ensure that you receive priority consideration. Applications received after the application deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Review important dates for transfer students.
- October 15: Winter quarter general admission deadline
- January 15: Spring quarter general admission deadline
- March 15: Autumn quarter general admission deadline
- March 15: Priority scholarship deadline
Major, pre-major, or undeclared?
Transfer applicants can apply to be admitted directly to a major, or can apply as a pre-major or an undeclared student. Read more about transfer admission options.
Admission to a degree program
If you have met the minimum number of credits and fulfilled the prerequisites, you can apply to a degree program at the same time you apply for admission. If you are admitted to the university and have indicated you wish to apply for an academic program, your application will be forwarded to the requested academic program for review.
If you have completed 75 or more credits already, you are strongly encouraged to do this.