Admitted students attend classes at the Robinson Center on the University of Washington campus Monday – Friday.  Schedules vary by quarter. They also individually attend a weekly tutorial in which they work on study skills and talk one-on-one with a faculty member.

Dynamics

In their coursework, students acquire the habits-of-mind and the study skills that will be essential to success at the University. They learn to be responsible for their own learning and how to ask for help. We emphasize values of collaboration, non-competition, and community. Students are welcome at the Robinson Center throughout the day, and encouraged to socialize with each other. Our older students, currently UW undergraduates, serve as teaching assistants in the TS classroom, and also mentor the Transition School students via a TS/EEP mentoring organization.

Following successful completion of the Transition School year, students become Early Entrance Students as fully matriculated freshmen at the University of Washington. EEP students’ support system includes an academic adviser and the program staff, their peers, and continued access to the Robinson Center lounge, kitchen, and sponsored activities.

Students are provided with individual guidance in designing their undergraduate program to suit their personal needs and aspirations, and in fulfilling the distribution requirements for graduation. The first two years of undergraduate study are usually devoted to fulfilling University distribution requirements while also exploring the wealth of classes offered at the UW.

Community

The Robinson Center is a good place to see old friends and bring new ones. Once a student completes Transition School and enters the EEP, it becomes the students’ responsibility to monitor their own progress, to seek help as appropriate, to budget time, to study thoroughly, and to make use of University resources, such as the library and the Advising Center. Though the students become more independent at this step, the resources of the Robinson Center are available to them throughout their college experience.

Housing

Students live at home or in a family setting until they are solidly established at the University, preferably during at least their first two years in the program. Most nearby communities have express Metro bus service to the campus. Students must be residents of Washington State, or be willing to relocate to Seattle.

Residence: Since we do not offer on-campus housing, students reside in the Puget Sound area with their families.

Out of State Students: The UW Academy does consider out-of-state students for admission, though these students will have to pay Non-Resident tuition for some of their time at the University of Washington (see below).

International Students: Our mission is to admit and support motivated, highly-capable students seeking early entrance to the UW, and we welcome applications from international students who fit this profile. But because of the unique nature of the early entrance programs housed in the Robinson Center, only students with particular types of international visas will qualify to apply. Since our students enter the university in a non-traditional way, we are, in some cases, restricted by law and are unable to admit students who are supported by particular visa types. In addition, students with applicable visas must submit evidence of their language proficiency alongside their application. For more information, read our International Student Policy.

Undocumented students: The Robinson Center and the University of Washington welcome applications from undocumented students. To learn more about applying, please consult the UW’s Undocumented Student Resource page.

Alumni

EEP Alumni remain connected to the Robinson Center through our Alumni Speaker Series and our Mentor Bank.