Standard Admission

Admission to the undergraduate program of the Foster School of Business is competitive, but we encourage all who meet the minimum application requirements to apply. We accept applications for autumn and winter quarters. Students admitted for autumn quarter have the option to enroll for summer quarter.

Each year, approximately 30-50% of applicants—between 550 and 650—are admitted. For all applicants, index scores are created from three admissions factors, which are standardized, then assigned the following weights.

  • Combined GPA (40%)
  • Pre-application GPA (25%)
  • Writing Skills Assessment (35%)

Beyond this index, consideration is given to such factors as cultural experiences, significantly higher recent grades, exceptional extracurricular activities or leadership experience and the effect of personal disadvantage on earlier education. We review all applicants together (current and returning UW, transfer, international transfer, and running start) and only use current standing for post-admission demographic data.

Foster Application Deadline* Enrollment Quarter
April 5 Summer or autumn quarter
October 5 Winter quarter
*All applicants, other than current UW students, must submit two applications: one to Foster and one the UW Office of Admissions. Please check with UW Admissions for application deadlines and requirements.

Current/Returning UW ApplicationsTransferInternational TransferRunning Start/Dual Credit FreshmenPost Baccalaureate

Current/Returning UW Applications

Current UW Seattle student applicants: Current UW Seattle students and those admitted to UW Seattle for the quarter during which the Foster School application deadline falls, need to complete and submit only a Foster School application (see below for application details).

Current UW Bothell or UW Tacoma student applicants: Please see the “Transfer” tab.

Returning UW Seattle student applicants: Returning students must complete and file a UW Returning Student Application as well as a Foster School application (see below for application details).

Timelines and Deadlines
Application Requirements
Online Application (Apply Here)

Transfer

Transfer student applicants: If you have never attended UW as a matriculated student, you must submit two applications—one to the University of Washington and one to the Foster School (see below for application details).

A transfer applicant is one who:

  • has never attended UW Seattle or has attended UW Seattle only as a non-matriculated undergraduate,
  • has not been accepted to UW Seattle for the quarter during which the UW Foster School application deadline falls, and
  • has a total of at least 60 transferable college credits completed by the Foster application deadline.

Admission to the Foster School is contingent upon admission to the UW, although you may apply to the University and the Foster School simultaneously. UW Admissions operates on a different timeline; deadline dates differ depending on your application status. Don’t miss a deadline.

Timelines and Deadlines
Application requirements
Online application

International Transfer

International Transfer applicants: If you have never attended UW as a matriculated student, you must submit two applications—one to the University of Washington and one to the Foster School (see below for application details).

An international transfer applicant is one who:

  • has never attended UW Seattle or has attended UW Seattle only as a non-matriculated undergraduate,
  • has not been accepted to UW Seattle for the quarter during which the UW Foster School application deadline falls, and
  • has a total of at least 60 transferable college credits completed by the deadline.
  • requires an F-1 visa to study in the United States

When applying to the Foster School of Business, application requirements for an international student are the same as for any other student. When applying to the University of Washington, international students must follow the guidelines set out for international students.

Admission to the Foster School is contingent upon admission to the UW, although you may apply to the University and the Foster School simultaneously. UW Admissions operates on a different timeline; deadline dates differ depending on your application status. Don’t miss a deadline.

The UW application closing date for international freshmen and transfer is February 15, for summer or autumn enrollment. This deadline applies to all international applicants, even those who are attending school in the United States.

Timelines and Deadlines
Application Requirements
Online Application

Running Start/Dual Credit Freshmen

Freshman (Running Start, Dual Credit, or College in the High School) applicants: If you have never attended UW as a matriculated student, you must submit two applications—one to the University of Washington and one to the Foster School (see below for application details).

A freshman applicant is one who:

  • has never attended UW Seattle or has attended UW Seattle only as a non-matriculated undergraduate,
  • has not been accepted to UW Seattle for the quarter during which the UW Foster School application deadline falls, and
  • has only completed college/university coursework to fulfill high school graduation requirements

Admission to the Foster School is contingent upon admission to the UW, although you may apply to the University and the Foster School simultaneously. UW Admissions operates on a different timeline; deadline dates differ depending on your application status. Don’t miss a deadline. High school seniors interested in applying directly to the Foster School should review our Freshmen Direct program.

Timelines and Deadlines
Application Requirements
Online Application (Apply Here)

Post Baccalaureate

Post Baccalaureate applicants: If you already have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science), we are not accepting applications to the Foster School of Business’ undergraduate degree program.

If you are interested in advanced study at the Foster School of Business, please check out our Master Degree programs: