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Autumn 2021 CSS Admissions 

The Computer Science & Systems major admits students twice per year for autumn and winter quarters only. Please read this page carefully for instructions on when to submit your application and details on the review timeline. 

Autumn 2021 application opens: February 8, 2021
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

CSS is a capacity-constrained major. Competitive applicants typically have grades of 3.0 and higher in prerequisite math, science, and computer science courses, as well as a strong cumulative grade point average.


When should I apply? 

You are eligible to submit a CSS application once you've been admitted to UW Tacoma and have completed all the prerequisite courses. If you still have prerequisite courses in progress, you may start your CSS application at any time, but it is your responsibility to save it and return to submit once all your prerequisite grades have posted. Do not submit your application with missing grades or with projections of what your grades will be. Applications with missing prerequisites will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied.  The final deadline to submit your application is July 1. 

If you are not a current student at UW Tacoma, your first step is applying for admission to the university. You will need to be admitted to UWT in order to submit your CSS application with your UW student ID number. See the UW Tacoma Admissions page for information on the application process and deadlines. UW Seattle and UW Bothell students seeking to transfer to UW Tacoma will also need to have a transfer application on file in order to be considered for admission. If you are not admitted to UWT, you cannot be admitted to the CSS major, but you may hold off on accepting your offer of admission to UWT until you have your CSS admissions decision. 

Please note that applicants who are taking prerequisites during summer quarter may submit an application by the July 1 deadline but generally are not eligible for autumn admission due to space constraints. If the program fills, applicants with summer courses in progress will automatically be denied and encouraged to apply for winter admission.  


Admissions Review Timeline 

The CSS admissions committee will review applications at different points during the admissions cycle. Students will be notified of decisions by email.  

In April, the admissions committee will review applications from students who have completed all the prerequisites and submitted an application by March 26. We typically admit a small number of competitive applicants during the early admissions review. Offers of admission for early admits will be sent in late April.  

The majority of new students will be admitted after the application closes on July 1. We anticipate that admissions decisions will be made by the end of July.

In the rare case that space is still available to consider applicants with summer courses in progress, the committee will make a final review of remaining applications in late August. 


Selection Criteria

As stated above, CSS is a capacity-constrained major, which means we normally have more applications than space in the program. Competitive applicants typically have grades of 3.0 and higher in prerequisite math, science, and computer science courses, as well as a strong cumulative GPA.

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Completion of all prerequisite courses
  • Grades in prerequisite courses -- individually and cumulatively
  • Overall previous academic performance, consistency in grades, repeats and grade trends are all considered
  • Completion of at least 45 college-level credits

Please note the the CSS application does not require a personal statement at this time. Letters of recommendation are not accepted. 


New Student Registration

Students are eligible to register for CSS courses once they are admitted into the major. We reserve space in 305 and 321 for all new majors. With this in mind, you may wish to register for an alternate autumn schedule on your registration date. You will be able to update your schedule with your CSS courses once your change of major is processed.