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Create a UW Tacoma Profile

  • Create your UW NetID. Your UW NetID is required.
  • Set up your UW Email. After creating your UW NetID, you'll be prompted to create a UW email inbox. Official messages from the University are sent only to your UW email address.

Pay the New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee

  • The New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee (NSEOF) confirms your decision to attend the University of Washington Tacoma. Admitted students will not be able to register for classes or attend orientation until the fee has been paid.
  • To pay the NSEOF, visit the Cashier's Office website. To request that your NSEOF be deferred to your first tuition bill, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or call (253) 692-4913.

Review and Accept Financial Aid Offers

Apply for Housing

  • If you want to live on-campus, you must apply by May 1 for priority consideration. Apply here.

Submit Final Official Transcripts

Submit Health Requirements

  • You are required to show that you have been vaccinated against or are otherwise immune to measles, mumps and meningococcal meningitis. The deadline is the first day of the quarter.
  • Submit documentation and learn more here.

Obtain UW Tacoma I-20

  • To learn about how to obtain your UW Tacoma I-20, please visit the I-20 information page.

Obtain Visa

Verify Health Insurance Coverage

  • Washington State law requires that international students maintain adequate health insurance while attending the University of Washington.
  • All students will automatically be enrolled for the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan. To learn more, please visit the International Student Health Insurance page.

Register for Classes

Start Packing

Arrange Transportation to the US

Complete the online Launch (International Student Info Session) module. 

  • Students will have access to the course in Canvas after they have paid their NSEOF fee and requested their I-20s. For more information about Launch, click here.

Complete your Transition Course

Attend Orientation Programs

  • Attend Husky Orientation Week: At orientation, you’ll meet your new classmates, get swag items and take part in programs and activities that will set you up for success in your first year and beyond. Sign up today!
  • Attend New International Student Orientation, which will take place immediately after your Husky Orientation Week session (in person).

Contact Disability Resources for Students

  • To request disability accommodation, including American Sign Language interpretation, contact the Disability Resources for Students office at 253-692-4508, or submit a request at, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.