Instruction on how to set up NetID and UW Email account is available here. University email communications will only be sent to their University of Washington email address. Faculty and staff are not obligated to respond to students using non-UW email accounts. Official UW Tacoma email address should be used to correspond with UW Tacoma staff and faculty at all times. To learn more about this email policy, please read here. If you have trouble logging into google, you can use office 365 to access your email. To do this, please go to www.tacoma.uw.edu, then click on “Tools” and then click on “UW Office 365 Email”.
Pay New Student Enrollment and Orientation Fee or Enrollment Confirmation Deposit
Before you can register for classes or obtain your I-20, you must confirm your enrollment by accessing Enrollment Confirmation System and make an online payment.
Please see our housing page for detailed information on housing options. If you are planning to live in on-campus housing, be sure to submit your housing application (an easy online form) and deposit as soon as possible to make sure you get a spot.
Meet the Immunization Requirement
Students can register for their initial quarter classes without meeting this requirement. Registration hold will go into effect for the 2nd quarter on Saturday, 12:01AM following the 4th Friday of the initial quarter.
Undergraduate students who have declared a major should contact the academic advisor of specific majors. If you are freshmen or have not declared an academic major, please review the the University Academic Advising (UAA) page. Graduate students should contact graduate program advisors of their specific programs. If you have a difficult time setting up an appointment with your academic advisor due to high volume, consider sending them an email.
Consider your daily commute to campus
Will you be living off-campus? How do you plan to get to campus? Parking spaces on campus are limited and comes with a high cost. The U-PASS ($45/quarter) is included in your tuition so consider taking public transportation to campus! To learn more about on or off-campus parking options, please visit this page.
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.
Arrange transportation to UW Tacoma from the Sea-Tac Airport
Please note that initial F-1 Students are not permitted to seek admission to the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date printed on their I-20.
Students arriving by air should fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). UW Tacoma does not provide airport pickup, so plan ahead for your airport transfer transportation. There are many options for transportation from the airport:
Taxi: Taxis are always available at the airport and a typical taxi fare from Sea-Tac airport to downtown Tacoma should be around $70 (USD). In addition, you will need to tip your driver for at least 10% of the charge.
Uber/Lyft: You can call an Uber or Lyft on their app and there is a dedicated area for shared drive services pick-up. The cost is usually around $50 one way.
Public Bus: While the bus is much less expensive, it may be stressful with lots of luggage, so we don’t recommend this option for your first arrival. Bus 574 from Sea-Tac airport takes you to the Tacoma Dome Station, about 5 minutes from campus. Free transfer to an inner-city light rail brings you to campus. Check bus schedules and fees at: http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/ST-Express-Bus/574?dir=inbound
Register and attend the New Student Orientation Program