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    Transfer Thursday

    Transfer Thursday

    Every Thursday, prospective students who want to transfer to the University of Washington can come to campus to find out about the admission process, academic areas of study, and other topics such as financial aid and housing.

    Because so many UW offices are involved, the offerings each week vary. You can use the information on this page to get the most out of your visit. Choose a date that offers the appropriate admission session, departmental information session, and/or drop-in advising for your interests and questions.

    After choosing a date for your visit, you're encouraged to register online.

    Note: Students already offered admission to the UW should sign up for an Advising & Orientation date rather than attending Transfer Thursday.

    Transfer Thursday

    Information Sessions

    Admission for Transfer Students Session

    Nearly every prospective transfer student has questions about the admission process. In this 45-minute session, a representative of the UW Office of Admissions will cover core subject requirements, the personal statement, academic planning worksheets, and the comprehensive review process.

    The Admission for Transfer Students session, which is offered every week, is intended for prospective transfer students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees.

    The Admission for International Students session, which is offered many weeks during autumn and winter quarters, is appropriate for international applicants.

    Because Running Start students use the freshman application, this session is not relevant to them; instead, they should check out the Office of Admissions information for freshmen page for admissions-related information.

    Departmental Information Sessions

    Before and after the Admission for Transfer Students session, you can find out about the majors and minors you're interested in by attending departmental information sessions. If the major or program you're interested in does not offer an information session (or drop-in advising), you're encouraged to schedule an appointment with the department; you can find the contact information for your department of interest in the directory of college and department advisers.

    Drop-In Advising

    Pre-major advising is offered by UAA Advising (MGH 141) from 2:30 to 4:00pm. Advisers in UAA Advising help students compare and contrast different majors; help students understand the decision-making process that goes into choosing a major; and often help students prepare for "back-up" plans if their intended major does not pan out. Their job is to know the entrance requirements of all majors on campus, but the true experts on the programs are the department advisers.

    If you are fairly decided upon your major, we strongly encourage you to work directly with your academic department rather than a pre-major adviser. The departments in the calendar to the right offer drop-in hours for transfer students on most Thursdays. If the major or program you're interested in does not offer drop-in advising (or a departmental information session), you're encouraged to schedule an appointment with the department; you can find the contact information for your department of interest in the directory of college and department advisers.

    Connect With Other UW Offices

    It's not all about academics! We know you may have questions about other aspects of life at the UW. Here are a few other UW offices that offer information sessions and/or drop-in hours on most Transfer Thursdays.

    Please note: on Thursday November 18, the UW campus will host a nationally-televised football game, Huskies vs UCLA, which starts at 5pm. Approximately 70 thousand spectators are expected that afternoon, increasing parking and traffic congestion. Transfer Thursday events will be available as noted (please check for changes shortly before Nov 18), however we strongly encourage prospective students to use public transportation (and expect delays), or visit on another Thursday.

    More Things to Do

    Sample a UW Class

    As long as you're here on campus, why not find out what the classes are like? UW Admissions provides a list of classes that you are welcome to sit in on. No sign-ups, no permission, just go! Professors do ask that you arrive on time, stay for the whole class, and generally conduct yourself in a manner that will not disrupt the class. This list includes classes at various times throughout the week, but some are offered on Thursdays.

    Experiential Learning (EXP)

    The Center for Experiential Learning (EXP) is home to seven programs, each of which help UW undergraduates extend their learning beyond the classroom, and make the most of their undergraduate experience. EXP programs are open to all undergraduates, and help connect students to community-based learning, research, and scholarships. Visit the EXP website or go visit them in 120 Mary Gates Hall.

    Take a Campus Tour

    Transfer students are welcome to sign up for a guided tour of campus. Tours are conducted Monday through Saturday by the UW Admissions Office, in both the morning and the afternoon. The tours are free, but registration is required.

    Planning Your Visit

    • Choose the best day for your visit: one that offers the appropriate admission session, departmental information session(s), and/or drop-in advising for your interests and questions.
    • Bring unofficial copies of your transcripts from previous colleges and universities. That can help you get accurate answers to your questions.
    • Keep in mind that parking on and around the UW campus is limited and generally available only for a fee. Prospective students are encouraged to use public transportation if they can (find a bus route to campus at Metro Online) or to learn more about parking on campus by visiting the Commuter Services website.

    Online Resources

    • Choosing a Major — An introduction.
    • Disability Resources for Students — The Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS) coordinates academic accommodations for enrolled students with documented disabilities.
    • English Language Proficiency Requirement — For all new freshmen and transfer students.
    • Finances — From the Student Guide.
    • General Education Requirements of UW's Schools & Colleges
    • Pre-Health Advising
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    • Scholarships for Transfer Students — Information provided by UW Admissions.
    • Transfer eNewsletter — This publication is intended for prospective transfer students to the UW, as well as for the advisers who advise them.
    • Transferring Credit — From the Student Guide.
    • UW Course Equivalencies for Washington Community Colleges
    • UW Transfer Admissions — Follow these steps to a successful transfer application.
    • What Can I Do with a Major In...? — This helpful site lists dozens of majors and offers common career areas that follow, along with typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.

    Undergraduate academic advising at the University of Washington is a core element of the University's focus on student learning.

    As educators, advisers partner with faculty and the campus community to cultivate our students' intellectual development.

    As guides and advocates, advisers collaborate with students to craft a transformative educational experience so that they may become informed, articulate and thoughtful students of the University and citizens of the world.

    —Mission Statement for Academic Advising, adopted November 2007