How to Apply
If you are a current UW Tacoma student:
- Declare Urban Design as your major by completing the Declare/Change Major form.
- Submit a Personal Goal Statement: Write a 1-2 page page personal goal statement to address your motivation for pursuing an urban design degree from Urban Studies (see below for details). The statement must include your name, address, telephone number and email address. It should also indicate the desired quarter of admission. The personal statement is an important part of the application and will be used to assess your qualifications and fit within the major.
- Submit the Form and Personal Goal Statement to the Urban Studies program office (Pinkerton 300 or Campus Box 358437).
If you are not a current UW Tacoma student:
If you are transferring from a community college or another university, complete the Application for Transfer Admission and select Urban Studies in section 2 under "Program Selector".
If you were previously enrolled at UW Tacoma, submit the Returning Student Application in lieu of the Application for Transfer Admission.
Write a personal goal statement (you will submit it as part of your online application above). In the personal goal statement, address your motivation for pursuing a degree from Urban Studies, address how the degree can blend the your educational and career goals, list involvement in neighborhood or community-based activities and personal/professional accomplishments, describe personal strengths and experiences that support your interest and commitment to the degree. This is also where you can address any weaknesses on an academic transcript or explain adversity experienced that affected previous academic performance. The statement must include your name, address, telephone number and email address. It should also indicate the desired quarter of admission.
The personal statement is an important part of the application and will be used to assess your qualifications and fit within the major.
Submit your official transcripts.
The Urban Studies program admits students into the Urban Design degree for autumn quarter, due to the highly sequenced nature of the courses. However, in special circumstances there is an option to be admitted during winter or spring quarter. Contact the Urban Studies advisor for more information. Complete applications received by the priority application date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the priority application date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
University application deadlines: These deadlines apply only to new UW Tacoma applicants, not current students.
WINTER 2018 - OCTOBER 15, 2017
SPRING 2018 - FEBRUARY 15, 2018
AUTUMN 2018 - MARCH 15, 2018
Autumn 2018 applications open August 2017.
If you have completed the prerequisites listed below with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have earned at least 40 credits, you can be considered for admission to the bachelor of arts in Urban Studies.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all college course work. Applicants with a completed application and a minimum GPA of 2.50 will be given priority consideration for admission.
- Completion of a minimum of 40 transferable college-level credits.
- Three years of high school math through intermediate (second year) algebra or a course in intermediate algebra at the college level
- 5 credits of English composition
In order to graduate, in addition to degree requirements, you will also be expected to meet the following general university requirements, many of which can be fulfilled with lower-division coursework:
- Two years in high school of the same foreign language or 10 credits of one language at the college level
- 5 credits in Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) coursework*
- 10 credits of writing-intensive coursework (not including the 5 credits of English composition required for admission)**
- 10 credits in Visual, Literary or Performing Arts (VLPA) coursework
- 10 credits of Individuals and Societies (I&S) coursework
- 10 credits of Natural World (NW) coursework
- 10 additional credits in any of the above areas of knowledge (VLPA, I&S, and NW)
- 50 credits of upper division (300- and 400-level) coursework (upper division courses counting toward major or general university requirements may count toward this requirement)
* Students who first enrolled in college prior to Autumn 1985 are exempt from this requirement.
** Writing-intensive coursework may also count toward the Humanities, Social Science or Natural Science requirements.
Do you want have questions about the major or the application process? Do you want to check the status of an application you've already submitted to UW Tacoma? For answers to these questions and get more information about the program, contact the Urban Studies advisor: