UW Academy

What is the UW Academy?

The UW Academy, created in 2001 in partnership with the University of Washington Honors Program, is an early university admission opportunity for 10th grade students in Washington State. Every year, a small cohort of up to forty academically advanced and highly motivated students are admitted to the UW Academy.  Students apply to the program during their 10th grade year, and if accepted, withdraw from high school at the end of 10th grade to enroll as freshmen at the University of Washington.  At the Robinson Center, UW Academy students find a community of like-minded peers and an experienced staff who can help them to make the most of their time at the UW.

More Info

The UW Academy and Early Entrance Programs are committed to supporting students and families from all different backgrounds

We are excited to continue welcoming:

  • Multilingual families, 
  • Families with no background in higher education or have international college experience, 
  • Students and families with disabilities,
  • Families without documentation,
  • Families with uneven socioeconomic access including uneven access to technology and costs associated with attending information sessions or events (e.g., parking), and
  • Other needs that you may have.

We value the experiences you bring to our community. Please let us know the ways we can best support you in exploring and applying to our program by emailing us at uwacad@uw.edu.

Recommendations for UW Academy

"The UW Academy is an outstanding opportunity for Washington’s most talented and ambitious students to launch their academic careers at a leading research university that values high quality teaching and is right in their own backyard."
- Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington
"I love being an Academy student because I'm able to engage in my interests earlier on with so many passionate college students around me. The college campus has every class, resource, and interest-group I've wanted to look for and I'm extremely glad to be able to branch out and meet so many individuals here. "
- Jessica Kuo, UW Academy Student