Frequently Asked Questions

General Registration:

When may I register for next quarter’s classes?

Your registration date can be found when you log onto you MyUW homepage, underneath your schedule. You may also refer to the Registration Dates document found here

How can I find out what classes are being offered?

Class offerings for upcoming quarters can be found using the time schedule quick search.  

How can I find out when the quarter begins and ends?

The Office of Registrar publishes an important dates calendar for each quarter that can be found online.

How many classes am I required/allowed to take each quarter?

To be classified as a full-time student by the University of Washington Tacoma, an undergraduate student must register for and complete at least 12 credits or a maximum of 18 credits per quarter. Find more information online

What options do I have if a class is full?

Though there are no waiting lists for classes, the option to subscribe for seating availability notifications should space in a class open up. Sometimes a professor may over-enroll a class and a student can get in with an add code. Download a course overload form here.

Where can I find the forms I need?

Many of the forms needed for registration, course adding or dropping, reinstatement, withdrawal, or student records can be found here. If you aren't sure which form you need, talk to your advisor.

How do I declare a major or minor?

Minors can be declared once a major is declared, but not before. The majority of majors at the University of Washington Tacoma require students to complete 45 credits and a 2.0 in English composition prior to declaring the major. Additionally many majors have prerequisites, courses that must be completed prior to declaring the major. Some majors have an admissions process involving an application for that major. Both majors and minors that do not have additional steps can be declared using the request to declare or change major and add or drop minor form. Majors that require prerequisites and/or application are listed below, autumn quarter applications are typically due March 15, winter quarter applications are typically due October 15, please see program websites for specific details.

 

First Year Students:

What is the CORE?

The Core Program prepares students for success at the upper division level by focusing on campus-wide learning goals: communication and self-expression, civic engagement, critical inquiry, global perspectives, diverse cultural views, and the ability to solve problems. Freshmen students take four courses that fulfill a portion of the University's General Education Requirements, one course in each of the three areas of knowledge plus Composition. To learn more, visit the Core Program homepage

Who should take CORE classes?

All incoming freshman are required to participate in the CORE program.

How can I get credit for an Advanced Placement (AP) exam?

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

How can I improve academically this quarter?

There are many resources available to help students improve their academic performance. Take advantage of professor office hours if you are having trouble with class material. Students are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Teaching and Learning Center which offers wide range of services to help students, including one-on-one tutoring and workshops on learning strategies, writing, and quantitative skills. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss resources and tools that are best for you!

Do I have to take a math class?

The University requires a minimum of 5 credits of quantitative/symbolic reasoning (math/statistics) to graduate; however, each major has its own unique requirements.  Running Start and transfer students should consult with their advisor to determine if a math course is needed, and if so which one. 

How do I know which math class to take?

Freshman and transfer students who have not taken an advanced, college level math course should take the  math placement exam to determine which math class is right for them. You can find out which quantitative prerequisites are needed for every major by consulting that major’s website (UW Tacoma academics). Follow up by scheduling an appointment with your advisor to discuss an academic plan that will best help you achieve your goals.

I took Running Start classes at a community college. How do I transfer those credits to UW Tacoma?

UW Tacoma will grant full transfer credit for Running Start courses if they are college level and are recorded on a college transcript. Find out more here

 

Academic Advising at UW Tacoma:

Who is my advisor?

Freshman and undeclared students are assigned an advisor based on the first letter of their last name. Students who have declared a major should meet with their academic program advisor.

How do I schedule an advising appointment?

All Advising appointments can be scheduled online. If you are still unsure who your advisor is, or if you have questions please call us at 253-692-4857 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have declared your major, or have been referred to a departmental advisor, please schedule an appointment online through that department’s webpage.  

Where is the Academic Advising Center located and what are the hours of operation?

The Academic Advising Center is located in GWP 102 above the UW Bookstore. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Can I change my academic advisor?

Contact Lorraine Dinnel, AAC Associate Director: ldinnel@uw.edu or 253-692-4355.

 

Difficulty in Class, Grades and Grading Options:

I’m not doing well in my classes. Where can I get help?

There are many resources available to help students improve their academic performance.Take advantage of professor office hours (normally posted on course's syallabus) if you are having trouble with class material. Students are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Teaching and Learning Center which offers a wide range of services to help students, including one-on-one tutoring and workshops on learning strategies, writing, and quantitative skills. If you are still unsure where to get the help you need, schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss what resources and tools are best for you!

How do I drop classes or change my grading option?

Dropping classes and changing the grading option of a class can be done online through MyUW. From the MyUW front page, you will want to select the “Registration” link. Doing so will list all of your courses in a grid with options to drop the class and change the grading option. Once you are finished making changes, you will want to confirm your choices by clicking on the “update schedule” button at the bottom of the page. More information about grading options can be found hereBefore dropping a class or changing grading options, you should speak to your advisor; there could be financial and academic consequences to dropping a course or changing a grading option. 

How and when will I get my grades after the quarter ends?

Grades can be found under the “Grade Report” link in MyUW. To check when grades are available, visit the Academic Calendar. The dates when grades are posted can be found under the “Dates of Instruction” section of the calendar.