University Of Washington Application Essay 2013

What does the Coalition offer?

Unlike traditional college application systems, which are used only to submit an application, MyCoalition allows high school students to set up an account and begin learning about application and financial aid processes as early as the ninth grade. Watch the introductory video to learn more.

MyCoalition includes three main features:

  • Locker. Students can collect and store information that may be useful when they apply.
  • Collaboration Platform. The teachers, counselors, employers, and mentors who are supporting the student’s college search and application can offer feedback.
  • Application Portal. Shared application for member institutions.

The Coalition is using CollegeNet, based in Portland, Oregon, the same vendor the UW has used for years. We are confident that CollegeNet is building a robust and reliable system.

The Coalition experience for students

  • Students in grades 9–12 may create Coalition accounts and then let member schools know they wish to learn more about that institution.
  • Students may create an account for the sole purpose of applying for admission. They do not need to use the Virtual Locker or Collaboration Platform.
  • No part of a student’s information is shared with Coalition member institutions unless the student chooses to share information or apply to a Coalition school using the Coalition application.

Why did we join?

The UW has long sought to join a national application platform to make it easier for our students to apply. The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success offers the first truly national application to provide us with sufficient flexibility.

  • Students may complete many of the self-reported academic fields before the senior year, allowing them to work on their application as they move through high school. We are hoping that this feature will reduce stress and frenzy for students, counselors, and families in the fall of the senior year.
  • These academic fields will transfer to any other Coalition member university whose application also requires a self-reported academic record for grades 9–12.

How will it work at the UW for autumn 2018 applicants?

  • The UW will be a Single Application School: The Coalition application will be the UW’s only application for freshman admission beginning with applicants for autumn 2018.
  • U.S. and international freshmen will use the same application.
  • The UW specific application for autumn 2018 will open September 1, 2017.
  • The application deadline will be November 15, 2017.
  • We will continue to request — at the time of application — only the self-reported academic record for grades 9–12, a practice that greatly expedites application processing.
  • We will continue to require final transcripts for those who confirm enrollment.
  • We will continue to ask that students not provide any letters of recommendation or other supplemental items.

What sections will UW require from the Coalition profile?

Note: English Proficiency will only be required for international applicants, while Financial Aid will only be required for U.S. applicants.

Unravelling “Single Application School“

A small number of member institutions are “single application schools.” This means that the college or university offers no other application platform besides the Coalition’s. The UW is a single application school. The discussion below provides some context for our decision and explain a little more about what that means for UW applicants — and the counseling community.

  • The UW has a longstanding relationship with CollegeNet, the Coalition vendor. This means that we are not moving to a new application vendor. Instead, we are continuing our relationship with our CollegeNet partners while placing the UW application under a larger umbrella.
  • UW applicants will continue to be able to use their Coalition & CollegeNet username and passwords to set up a UW NetID. The UW partnered with CollegeNet years ago to make that electronic handshake possible to make it easier for students to set up their UW online accounts (NetIDs) so that they can check on the status of their application, view their financial aid awards, apply for housing, etc.
  • Historically, the UW has never before joined a national application platform such as the Common App. If we were exclusively moving from one national application to another, that might be a burden. We do not expect that moving from our own application to a national application will burden our applicants or our high school partners.
  • We do not expect the user experience of applying to the UW to be significantly different using the Coalition platform. The UW will continue to use only self-reported course information for application review, not accept or consider letters of recommendation, require that test scores be sent electronically directly to the UW, and require final and official transcripts only of those who have accepted our offer to enroll.

In sum, being a Single Application School via the Coaltion will broaden options for UW applicants, not contract them. If anything, the Coalition is enabling UW applicants to apply to similar institutions in a convenient way. Conversely, the Coalition may expose the UW to potential applicants who may not have otherwise considered applying.

Essay Prompts

The Coalition essay prompts for 2018 remain the same. The UW will accept any of the five prompts for the autumn 2018 application, and students may begin working on them any time. The first one — “Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it” — is the UW’s contribution to the list. That fact reflects the role that UW Admissions staff are playing in shaping the Coalition and the congruence between the Coalition’s goals and our own.

Academic Programs


As an educational powerhouse and the largest university in the Pacific Northwest, the UW offers a broad range of academic programs to support more than 34,000 undergraduates across all three campuses. Here are few examples:

First Year Programs empowers entering students to become engaged and confident learners by facilitating supportive communities and creating educational experiences. Activities include quarterly advising and orientation sessions, Dawg Daze, First-Year Interest Groups, and Husky Adventures.

Freshman Collegium Seminars introduce first year students to the excitement of ideas and the richness of academic discovery. Students learn "shoulder-to-shoulder" with our best faculty, exploring big ideas, engaging in deep inquiry, and developing a sense of community with a small group of students. These seminars are an excellent introduction to the intellectual world of the university, and a welcoming environment for students still new to the campus. Grading is credit/no credit.

University Honors Program integrates challenging courses and diverse learning experiences for academically motivated students in a close community of faculty, staff, and peers. The core curriculum offers a broad liberal education, while departmental honors programs provide a deep disciplinary education.

Undergraduate Research Program facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with UW faculty members across departments and disciplines. Since 1997, it has produced the Undergraduate Research Symposium, during which hundreds of undergraduates present their research to the campus and community. It is among the largest symposia for undergraduates in the nation.

UW Leon Center supports academic programs that benefit from its unique location in the medieval center of León, Spain. By providing a space for study abroad programs, academic research, conferences, exhibits and cultural events, its goal is to foster understanding and compassion between cultures.

UW Rome Center is a renovated palazzo in Rome that hosts academic programs ranging from art history to landscape architecture. The facility provides studios, classrooms, a library and computer lab, student lounge, conference room, an administrative office and faculty accommodations.

UW Study Abroad extends the UW's global reach, offering more than 70 student exchanges with universities in locations that range from Argentina to Australia, Turkey to Taiwan. Students who enroll in short-term programs (often scheduled for 3 to 4 weeks in between academic quarters) might find themselves producing theatre in Spain or meeting businesswomen in India.

Majors and Degrees Offered


The UW offers bachelor's degrees in 180 fields of study, including highly ranked programs in business, communication, engineering, informatics, medicine, nursing, public health and social work. Graduate and doctoral students choose from 300-plus graduate degree programs offered in 16 schools and colleges.

Flexible study options include an online bachelor's degree completion program.

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