2018 Freshman writing section | University of Washington

The essay portion of the application provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their ability to write clearly and concisely and develop and communicate their thoughts. Applicants will choose one of five specific prompts and write an essay of 250 to 650 words. Detailed instructions can be found in the .

Please note: Your application is not complete and we cannot begin your application review until we receive all required forms. Your $70 non-refundable application fee can be paid when you submit the Common Application. For students applying for Spring or Fall 2018 admission, the Common Application will be available starting August 1, 2017.

Once you submit your application, it will take approximately three days for us to receive and begin reviewing it. Please allow us several weeks from the application deadline to process your documents and post them in CaneLink. During the busy application period, is your best resource, as we are continually updating students' applications and documents.

the Common Application, any of the prompts will satisfy the essay requirement.
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As a writer who helps college-bould students with their essays, I can see pluses and minuses to the new UC prompts.

One of the pluses is that the questions should take some of the mystery out of what the admission office "wants." The questions are straightforward, which makes it easier to come up with direct answers. The need for an artful personal essay, a form not taught in most high schools, is reduced.

On the other hand, the prompts mean more work for many. Students who are applying to UC schools and other colleges will need to write these four essays and the longer personal essay required for the Common Application and the new Coalition application.

Not that students have much choice. The only choice is to make sure to accept that in the college application process the essays can make a big difference, a topic I take up at greater length here:



The UW will accept any of the five Coalition prompts.

Applicants will choose one of five specific prompts and write an essay of 250 to 650 words. Detailed instructions can be found in the Common Application.
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- The , including the personal essay and University of Redlands member
- $50 application fee
- Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
- One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report.
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability.
- SAT or ACT score for students whose first language is English
- Students whose first language is not English, may meet English proficiency by one of the following:
550 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
500 SAT Critical Reading
21 ACT English and Reading Sections
TOEFL minimum 80iBT/550
IELTS minimum 6.5