New admissions process at UW

June 8, 2010

By Staff

High school seniors applying for admission to the University of Washington for fall 2011 will face a new admissions process.

Right now, the university processes applications to its school on a rolling admissions basis. A rolling admissions process reviews and assesses applications as they are received. If admissions officers feel the applicant falls in line with what the university is looking for an offer of enrollment is made, a press release from the university said.

Starting with freshman seeking admittance to the university for fall 2011, admissions officers will begin using a pooling admissions process. A pooling admissions process holds all decisions until all applications have been received and assessed.

Under the new system, applications for incoming freshman will be received between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. Applicants will be notified of their admission status between March 15 and 31.

There are several reasons for the change, the release said. The first is applications to the university have increased dramatically in the past five years. Many of those applications arrive on or before the Jan. 15 deadline in place now, causing strain on admissions office personnel.

“More importantly, we’ve found that rolling out admission decisions from December through March was causing significant anxiety among applicants and their parents, leading to thousands of phone calls and e-mails about application status and notification about decisions,” Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Philip Ballinger said in the release. “By moving to an earlier application deadline, as well as a single admissions decision window for all freshman class applicants, we hope to bring more clarity to the admissions process, relieve undue anxiety among students and their families, and improve the efficiency and speed with which we are able to process and holistically review ever-growing application pools.”

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