International freshman applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. Any admissions requirements, e.g., English language proficiency, must be completed the quarter before starting classes. See International Transfer requirements for additional information.
- Complete the required high school classes, called College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)
- Achieve a 2.7 or higher grade point average
- Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Submit a complete application with a well-written personal statement and activities log
The international freshman application is available online. Please contact the Admissions office with any questions related to your application. International Student Services can assist you with any visa questions you have.
Once your application is complete (including complete high school transcripts and a test score for TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT), an application decision is usually given within 8 weeks. Please contact the Admissions office with any questions.
International Application Process:
- Complete the International Freshman admissions application, including personal statement and activity log
- Proof of English proficiency
- $75 international application fee (paid when you submit your application)
- Official high school transcripts, translated to English (word-for-word) if needed. Include transcripts for grade 9. These will be scanned and attached to your freshman online application. You will need to have your high school mail your official, original high school transcript with an official translation if the transcripts are not in English.
Send all official paper transcripts to:
University of Washington Tacoma
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 358400
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
You must have at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission.
If you have attended a college, university or post-secondary school outside the U.S., we will need official transcripts sent from the school that are word-for-word, literal, English translations.
Once you are admitted, you will also need to provide proof of financial resources in order to qualify for your I-20 for F-1 student visa status.