So, you’ve prepared, connected and visited — and now you know UW Environment is where you want to be. It’s time to apply. The UW application for freshman undergraduate admissions opens on September 1st and applications are due by November 15th. Transfer student application deadlines vary and can be found on the UW Admissions website (links below).

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Students looking to join the College of the Environment need to apply to the University of Washington first. The Office of Admissions provides information for future freshman applicants, including students enrolled in Running Start, and future transfer student applicants. Attending information sessions offered by the Office of Admissions is a great way to start planning for your application.

student talking with adviserDeclaring a major in UW Environment

All majors in the College of the Environment, with the exception of Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) and Atmospheric Sciences (ATM S), are open majors, which means that if you select one of our majors on your application, you will automatically be declared in the major. If you select BSE on your application you will be declared pre-BSE; if you select ATM S you will be declared pre-ATM S. This decision is not binding and, if you change your mind, you can switch to another major. Not sure which major is right for you? No problem- you can select “pre-Environmental Sciences” on your application and decide later.

If you are already a student at UW and would like to declare a major in the College of the Environment, please contact a departmental adviser to set up an appointment to complete the major declaration paperwork.

students walking through campusApply for scholarships

The College of the Environment offers a limited number of need-based merit scholarships. Newly admitted freshmen and transfer students will be invited to apply via email, so be sure to check your new UW email (and spam folder). Most of our departments also offer scholarships and funding opportunities for their majors; check their websites using the link below. You can also ask the departmental advisers for more information.


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