Transfer Student Resources

  • The UW Transfer Application: If you are applying to our program as a transfer student, you must submit a UW Transfer Application in addition to our departmental application. The UW Transfer Application for Fall quarter admission opens in mid-December and is typically due in mid-February each year. If you have missed the UW Transfer Application deadline and would still like to apply, please contact our SSW Admissions team as soon as possible to explore your options. 

 UW Transfer Application 

  • Transferring credits: If you are transferring to the UW from a Washington state community college, be sure to check out our Transfer Equivalency Guide to confirm which credits will transfer from your current institution to the UW and how. Please note: Human Service credits (HS) or Social Human Service credits (SHS) often do not transfer well to the University, as they are considered vocational credits instead of academic credits. If you have social human service credits and are looking to transfer to the University of Washington, please book an appointment with a BASW admissions adviser to discuss your options.

UW Transfer Equivalency Guide 


If you are a veteran, or the spouse or dependent of a veteran, check out the Veterans Education Benefits website for resources regarding financial aid, tuition assistance, residency, and more. 

 Veterans Education Benefits 






  • Pre-application: While not required, we recommend attending one of our BASW information sessions before applying to ensure you have all of the application and program information you'll need before applying. Events are typically hosted virtually and will be posted to our Admissions Events calendar.
  • *Transfer Applicants Only: Transfer applicants must also submit a required UW transfer application (see website for deadlines). Typically this application is available towards the end of Fall quarter and due in mid-February.
  • January 15th: UW FAFSA priority deadline: January 15th (annually) | HB 1079 Students: WASFA
  • January 30th: BASW applications are available beginning at the end of January each year.
  • April 15th: BASW applications are due by April 15th each year, although applicants are encouraged to submit applications before this date. 
  • May/June: BASW decisions are sent between the end of May and mid-June. There are occasional cases, typically impacting transfer students, where decisions may be released later. If you are a current BASW applicant and have not received your decision by mid-June, please contact our admissions team.

September: Admitted BASW students will begin courses the Fall quarter after they apply. Please note that our department only admits cohorts for Fall quarter of each year. 

  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Earned 2.00 or higher in each prerequisite
  • If you do not meet these academic requirements, please contact our admissions team to explore your options. 

Yes - applicants who are offered admission to the School of Social Work will receive instructions to complete a background check through Castlebranch as well as complete a Request for Criminal History Information Form as a condition for enrollment. Prospective applicants with questions or concerns about this requirement should review our webpage for additional information.

Over half of UW undergraduates receive financial aid. Applying for financial aid is separate from your application(s) for admission. The UW uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for undocumented students living in Washington, the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). For priority aid consideration, be sure that you have submitted your FAFSA/WASFA by January 15 for the upcoming school year, even if you don’t know whether you will be offered admission. For more details, visit our BASW Tuition & Funding page. 

The BASW program is a capacity-constrained major accepting about 52 applicants each year. Our average acceptance rate varies, but in the last 5 years has averaged between 60% and 75%. Please note that acceptance rates fluctuate year to year depending on space availability in the program and the number of applications we receive.