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Admission as a Returning Student

eaglesfantdeaglesfantd Posts: 7Registered User New Member
edited June 2011 in University of Washington
I spent my Freshman year at UW (Main Campus - Seattle), but due to some family problems back home and problems with meeting people (I'm from Nevada, so I was an out-of-state student), I finished my Freshman year, then transferred to my hometown institution of the University of Nevada, Reno. I just finished my sophomore year at UNR, and although I love being back home, part of me feels like I should've given UW a little more time, especially since I enjoyed my classes for the most part, and I love Seattle. Not only that, UW is obviously superior to UNR in every way. So if I decided to re-apply to UW, it would be as a returning student (which is a totally different application than applying as a new student or a transfer student, just to clarify). My question, therefore, is how difficult is it to gain admission to UW as a returning student? I currently have a 3.7 GPA and I'm double-majoring in History and English. I've also taken pretty tough classes (300-400 level English and History, Summer Greek Intensive at UC Berkeley) so it's not like I've been taking remedial math at some CC. If I choose to apply as a returning student, it would probably be for Winter Quarter 2012. Any information or advice anyone has would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Replies to: Admission as a Returning Student

  • Ponyo90Ponyo90 Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    lol you're an Eagles fan who lives in Nevada, who went to school in Washington for a year, moved back to Nevada, went to school in California as well?

    they might not like that your not committed, and move around a lot.
  • eaglesfantdeaglesfantd Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Thanks for the useless comment. Who cares what team I like, first off. Secondly, the class I took at Berkeley was a summer program open to Visiting Students, so I'm still a UNR student, just taking advantage of my summer (if I was at UC Berkeley, I wouldn't be transferring to UW). Not committed is a poor choice of words, as nothing means more to me than doing well in school (which I'm doing and have always done). Additionally, I'm also pretty confident the fact that I moved is not a large issue and has nothing to do with my "commitment". My question pertains to the admissions process in general for returning students. Are the admissions criteria easier, harder, etc.?
  • Ponyo90Ponyo90 Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    If you were committed to academics then you wouldn't of gone home after the first year at a good school.

    you are not committed. You seem angry at the comment I made, which means you know you are not committed and it is an issue for you. If you didn't want an honest opinion, then go ask your mother what she thinks, she will give you the answer you are looking for.

    You asked how difficuilt it is to gain admission into UW as a returning studnet. I figured you would want a personalized response to your situtation considering you told us your situation.

    Don't ask questions you don't want answers to. Don't ask opinions if you dont want opinions. Seems like you have some maturing to do.
  • travelgirltravelgirl Posts: 747Registered User Member
    eaglesfantd: You are a strong student. You have a decent gpa of 3.7 and took the initiative to a summer program for visiting students at a well respected school. I don't see a "commitment issue" as people often have second thoughts after a year. And family problems are understandable. Since you have been away for more then 2 quarters, it puts you a little lower on the readmission totem pole, however not by any stretch does it seem difficult given your academic background. Please read the link below for all of the factors that go into the readmission process (openings in your major for example...)

    Returning Student Reenrollment Policies
    Returning Undergraduate Students

    If you wish to return to the University of Washington after an absence and you have not obtained a degree in your last enrolled category either from the University of Washington or from another institution, you may apply to do so by completing a returning student reenrollment application in print and submitting it with the $60 application fee to the Registration Office by the application deadline; you may also apply and pay online.

    Note that withdrawing from one quarter and not attending the subsequent quarter constitutes an absence of two consecutive quarters, which triggers the need for a Returning Student application.

    Readmission is granted at the discretion of the University. Factors which may be considered when determining eligibility for readmission include, but are not limited to, registration or transcript holds, previous academic achievement, length of absence, space availability in the major in which you were previously enrolled, activities during the period in which you were not enrolled, and prior disciplinary action.

    Returning students who have been away from the University fewer than two quarters have the highest priority for readmission. A student previously enrolled in an academic program with restricted enrollment and/or special admission requirements should consult his or her adviser about procedures for readmission into the same program. If you are not readmitted into your special program, you can be readmitted as a pre-major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Offers of Admission are sent shortly after the application date of the quarter you have requested. You must pay a nonrefundable Enrollment Confirmation Deposit that applies toward your tuition by the date indicated on your Offer of Admission (except for summer quarter). Your $100 deposit needs to be paid before you will be allowed to register for the quarter. Undergraduate students returning to the University register during Registration Period II.
  • eaglesfantdeaglesfantd Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    ponyo90: I'm not angry about your comment, I just felt like it wasn't well informed in regards to the question I asked. I appreciate your candor, and I understand how you might consider my move to UNR as a commitment issue, but your initial comment seemed to assume that taking a 10 credit intensive class at UC Berkeley a negative and that my academic progress was negated by my one move (not multiple moves). I have no problem being told that my chances of getting back in are hopeless if that assumption is based off something, which I did not see in your initial comment. I have no regrets in my decision to move back, as it was for family reasons, and I enjoy UNR. I was merely asking a hypothetical. I should not have addressed you so rudely, and I do apologize for that. But please do not make assumptions about my maturity level based off of the very little information you know about me.

    travelgirl: Thank you for your comment. I'm not too familiar with how exactly the returning application works since no essay or anything of that nature is required. I do hope that my coursework works in my favor. And, I did declare as a History major while at UW (which was an open-major), and I have completed all of the "Natural World" and Core requirements if that makes a difference.
  • collegebiocollegebio Posts: 19Registered User New Member
    I think you'll be fine (assuming your UW was good, which I'm pretty sure it was). This isn't an application process like applying for freshman year or transfer. You were all ready a student for an entire year! Not only that, but you went to a prestigious university during the summer (Berkeley) and a pretty good university during the year (Nevada). Also you have a pretty high GPA from these 4 year institutions. So just reapply and don't worry about what people say otherwise! Good Luck!
  • eaglesfantdeaglesfantd Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Thanks for the comment collegebio. My UW GPA was a 3.65 I believe, and I was Dean's List all three quarters my Freshman year for the College of Arts & Sciences. Also, my GPA in both of my majors (History and English) is 4.0, if that counts for anything in terms of admission.

    So the feedback I've gotten here and elsewhere seems to point that the chances of being re-admitted if I was to apply as a returning student would be high. That's good to hear! We'll see how things play out this fall, and we'll see if I decide to pursue a return to UW!
  • IgiIgi Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
    You sound like a prime candidate. Good luck.
  • bgbincbgbinc Posts: 89Registered User Junior Member
    Should be a problem. Good luck!
  • eaglesfantdeaglesfantd Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    bgbinc: Should or shouldn't be a problem? If there's a problem, could you elaborate a bit?

    Thanks for the good luck wishes guys!
  • bgbincbgbinc Posts: 89Registered User Junior Member
    Sorry, meant "should not" be a problem!
  • eaglesfantdeaglesfantd Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Okay, I thought so. Just wanted to clarify. Thanks!
  • h1dddenh1ddden Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    What Travelgirl said, and also, know that UW have every incentive to graduate each student who enrolls. It's a public university and government funds are allocated partially based on the percentage of students who graduate from the school. In addition to the factors Travelgirl listed, if you have a strong track record that indicates you'll graduate from UW if readmitted, it is to their benefit to readmit you.
  • h1dddenh1ddden Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    Also, my friend was in the exact same position (went to his home state's university for two quarters due to the financial reasons, and then reapplied to return after deciding he would take out loans to make it work.) He also had a good academic track record and was involved at UW and was readmitted after 4 days of submitting his app. Good luck!
  • eaglesfantdeaglesfantd Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Thanks for the information h1ddden! I was hoping I'd find someone who has or knows someone who went through the returning-app process.

    That makes sense that they are looking to graduate all enrolled students, and that's great that they re-enrolled your friend after a few days. I guess the only thing I'm at all curious about now is if there's a problem with the amount of credits I would have earned at UNR before returning. I would have spent a year and a half (2010-2011 year and Fall Semester 2011) at UNR. So I would be a pretty advanced junior by the time I reapplied (Winter 2012).
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