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Difficulty of University of Washingston

RKATCRKATC Posts: 226Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2004 in College Search & Selection
How difficult is it to be admitted to University of Washington out of state? Does anyone have any stats or advice regarding out of state applicants?

Are essays required? If so, how many?

Any information would be great

Thanks.
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Replies to: Difficulty of University of Washingston

  • cd8705cd8705 Posts: 294Registered User Junior Member
    one essay is required, unless you want to go to the honors program. People say that in state, 1200 and 3.6 is almost an automatic admittance, i don't know though, i think it amy be harder than that.
  • carolyncarolyn Posts: 7,435Registered User Senior Member
    I sent you a personal message but UW is numbers driven. They take the top applicants based on an academic index of grades and scores, consider other factors for the lower level applicants. Grades count for about 2/3 of the AI, SAT scores the other.
  • RKATCRKATC Posts: 226Registered User Junior Member
    Great, thank you so much carolyn. I sent you a couple replies (more questions...sorry!).
  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 Posts: 481Registered User Member
    UW uses an academic index number...basically it's a chart with GPA on the X axis and test scores on the Y, which forms a grid of numbers. I have the exact chart at home, in Seattle ...i can e-mail it to you sometime after Wednesday if you want :) It's really simplistic...just grades and test scores though.
  • RKATCRKATC Posts: 226Registered User Junior Member
    That would be great. I'm assuming that you won't be around Seattle until Wednesday. Let me know and I'll get you my email address. THANKS!
  • masterchiefllmasterchiefll Posts: 532Registered User Member
    Hey harpgirl27, would it be ok to send me a copy as well? If so, please let me know when you're back and I'll give you my email. Thanks a bunch!
  • dreamkisseddreamkissed Posts: 163Registered User Junior Member
    The chart was also posted inside one of the University of Washington topics in the University of Washington sub forum.
  • GoBlue81GoBlue81 Posts: 3,780Registered User Senior Member
    Carolyn,
    Do they count mainly GPA and test scores? How much do they weigh ECA's, essays and recommendations?

    What'd you mean by "consider other factors for the lower level applicants"? I'm interested in what GPA/SAT range one needs to be in to be consider a top applicant.
  • dreamkisseddreamkissed Posts: 163Registered User Junior Member
    What she means is that if you don't qualify for automatic admission, UW will look at your grade trends, course load, ECs and etc.

    Stolen from their website:
    * completion of a substantial number of academic courses beyond the required minimum
    * a challenging senior-year curriculum
    * enrollment in honors,
    * Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses enrollment in college and university courses while in high school
    * academic awards
    * school and community activities
    * educational and economic disadvantage, cultural awareness, and personal adversity
    * grade trends
    * persistent evidence of an unusually competitive grading system in the high school
    * documented evidence of exceptional artistic talent
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Posts: 33,006Registered User Senior Member
    http://www.hecb.wa.gov/Research/issues/admissionsindexinfo.asp
    Students admitted to the University of Washington or to Washington State University must have, as a minimum, combinations of high school grade point average and test scores that will yield an admission index number of 28. The number 28 indicates the applicant has an 80 percent probability of achieving a "C" average or better during his or her freshman year in college.
  • carolyncarolyn Posts: 7,435Registered User Senior Member
    Good link Emerald. As I said, the UW web site specifies that they create an Academic Index for every applicant. It weights gpa as 75% of the index and test scores the other quarter. Everyone who meets the minimum AI (see Emerald's post) gets an acceptance. It's possible for people to have the same AI with widely different gpa's and test scores. The GPA used in the AI is figured on an unweighted 4.0 basis - no extra points given for honors or AP classes. Everyone else gets a more comprehensive review that looks at things like personal statement, activities, etc.
  • carolyncarolyn Posts: 7,435Registered User Senior Member
    HEre is a link that might help: http://www.washington.edu/change/admissions/ueadmissions.pdf

    Note they divide in-state and out of state applicants up into two groups - take the highest AI's from both groups. This states that in 2001 the AI for cut-off was 67 - everyone below that AI but above the min. Emerald mentions received a comprehensive review. I don't have firm figures on what it is for this year - it is probably buried somewhere on their web site. They note that it was possible for someone with a 3.65 GPA and a 980 SAT score and someone else with a 3.5 and 1150 SAT to both have an AI of 67.
  • dreamkisseddreamkissed Posts: 163Registered User Junior Member
    Keep in mind that the overall admission rate for UW is 71%, meaning that a little less than 3/4 of the people who apply recieve acceptance letters! :)
  • GoBlue81GoBlue81 Posts: 3,780Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks, Carolyn and everyone else. You guys are amazing... We all start at the same website and yet you guys can come up with so much more useful info.

    dreamkissed,
    Yeah, UW(71%) and Indiana(81%) are 'hidden' gems... great universities that are relatively easy to get in.

    Despite the high acceptance rate, UW seems to attract some high caliber out-of-state applicants (and instate). It's not for slackers, as there is no grade inflation. Not easy to get a 4.0
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