Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an advising appointment?

Advising appointments are scheduled online through the Academic Advising Center’s website First-time users must register an account using their UW “” email address. You’ll want to review your account information frequently to make sure it’s updated. Hover over the yellow-colored “Help” icon in the top left corner to get instructions on the color legend and scheduling an appointment.

Do I have to attend New Student Orientation?

Orientation is recommended for students new to UW Tacoma. All 1st time in college students are required to participate in an on-campus orientation. Orientation is optional for transfer and Running Start students. Transfer and Running Start students may choose to participate in an on-campus, or on-line orientation.

Do I have to stay for the whole orientation?

1st time in college students are required to complete an on-campus orientation. Transfer and Running Start students may choose to participate in all, or part of an on-campus, or on-line orientation. Orientation is not mandatory for transfer and Running Start students.

When should I get my measles immunization form in?

Students must submit measles verification no later than week 3 of their first quarter of attendance or a hold will be placed which will prevent future registration. You can mail the Measles Immunity Verification form to the Registrar’s Office or drop off in-person to MAT 253. New students should receive the form with their admission packets. The form is also available online at

Where do I send my updated transcript?

Your most recent transcript should be sent to the following address:

University of Washington Tacoma

Office of Admissions

Campus Box 358400

1900 Commerce Street

Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

The UW Tacoma institution code for electronic transcripts is 412.

Where can I buy my parking pass?

Parking permits usually go on sale just before the quarter starts and remain on sale until sold out. Permits are purchased online at You will need your credit card information to place the order. Parking passes arrive in the mail. Email to check the status of your permit order.

Is there a waiting list for classes?

No, there are no waiting lists for classes. However, sometimes a professor may over-enroll a class and a student can get in with an add code. It is also possible a student registered for the class may drop that class, so if there is a class you want to register for that is full, check back frequently. Students also have the option to sign up for Notify.UW course notification service. Notify.UW provides free course notifications for closed and open courses to students via email or text alerts. Sign up at

I took Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school; do I get credit for those at UW Tacoma?

UW Tacoma requires a minimum AP score of 3 or 4 to earn credit. Scores should be sent from the College Board to UW Tacoma (institutional code 4445). If a student is awarded credits, this information will be accessible on MyUW. AP score translations may be found at:

Does UW Tacoma have student housing?

Student housing is available in a community-based living environment at Court 17 Apartments. Units include internet, cable, phone and washer/dryer. Contact Michelle Harper at 253.692.4858 or for more information.

Are there jobs on campus that I can apply for?

Yes, there are many on-campus jobs that students can apply for. For more information, you can visit the Student Employment page on Human Resource’s website at or contact Career Development at 253.692.4421 or

I need my enrollment verified for insurance, loan deferment and/or other purposes. Who can help me with this?

A verification of enrollment form should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar (MAT 253). You can submit your own form for the specific agency, or use a form from Enrollment Services

How do I register for an internship?

To receive credit for an internship, there are three general steps that must be completed:

1. Find a quality internship by visiting the internship coordinator for your program or these websites: or IAS Internship Information or

2. Locate a faculty advisor from your academic program office.

3. Fill out the Internship Contract Form. Visit your academic program website for more information.

Does applying for graduation mean that I can walk in the ceremony in June?

Applying for graduation--which is required for all students--is not the same as participating in the graduation ceremony (known as commencement). Applying to graduate means that you are completing your final degree requirements to earn your diploma. To participate in commencement, you must apply separately, as well as order your cap and gown. Details about this process is usually emailed to students about two months prior to the ceremony. Those who complete their graduation requirements in Autumn through Spring quarter have the option to attend commencement in June. Students who are also completing their last credits for graduation over the summer can attend commencement in June prior to finishing summer classes.