UW Acceptance Rate for the Class of 2028

04/06/20246 minute read
UW Acceptance Rate for the Class of 2028

The University of Washington (UW) has had another record-breaking year in terms of applicants, with about 69,080 applicants to the Class of 2028. UW’s acceptance rate for the Class of 2028 has not been released yet. The university is expected to extend admission offers to 7,000 students — 66% of whom are in-state residents.


UW Class of 2028 Acceptance Rate: Another Competitive Year

UW has not yet published the final admission results for Class of 2028, but they have reported that they’ve had another record-breaking year in terms of applicants.

During the 2023-2024 admissions cycle, UW received 69,080 applications — up from last year’s 67,483 applications. 

Since 2020, the number of first-year applications to UW has increased by 25,000 students or 57%. This consistent rise in application numbers is attributed to UW’s adoption of the one-step Common App  in 2023 and its removal of standardized test requirements in the application process. After joining the Common App system in 2023, UW saw a 20% increase in applications from the year before.

Out of the 69,080 applications it received this year, UW is expected to make offers to about 30,000 students, yielding an overall acceptance rate of about 43%. Of the students who are accepted, about 7,000 are expected to attend.

UW does not participate in early decision or early action. All admissions decisions were made during the “regular round.” Offers were made to students between March 1 and March 15, 2024.

In-State vs. Out-of-State Acceptance Rate at UW

Given that UW is one of the most popular public universities in the country, it receives a sizeable amount of out-of-state applications. In general, out-of-state applicants tend to face stiffer competition than in-state applicants. UW’s out-of-state acceptance rate (46%) remains significantly lower than its in-state acceptance rate (54%). In-state applicants are prioritized and read twice by two different staff members.

With that said, the out-of-state acceptance rate slightly increased from last year’s 12.1%, while the in-state acceptance rate decreased to 25.5%.

How Crimson Can Help You Stand Out

UW’s low acceptance rates and the broader trends in elite admissions highlight how challenging it has become to gain entry into top universities. In this highly competitive landscape, seeking guidance from experienced college admissions advisors can be a significant advantage.

Advisors offer personalized support throughout the complex application process, helping you:

  • Craft a Compelling Narrative: They work with you to identify your unique strengths, passions, and experiences. This helps shape a cohesive application that showcases your potential to contribute to the UW community.
  • Navigate Strategic Choices: Advisors can provide insights on application timing (early vs. regular), test score submission, and highlight areas where you can further boost your profile.
  • Excel in Every Aspect: From essay coaching to interview preparation, advisors ensure each application component is polished and demonstrates your preparedness for UW’s rigorous academic environment.

Proven Success in a Competitive Landscape

Crimson Education has a track record of helping students achieve their admissions goals. Our personalized approach and expertise in selective admissions have led to impressive results. This year alone, over 200 Crimson students were accepted to top US universities in the early round. Here's a breakdown of our early-round numbers:

  • 87 offers to the Ivy League.
  • 163 offers to the US Top 20, including offers to Stanford, MIT, Caltech, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, University of Chicago, Rice, Vanderbilt, and University of Notre Dame.
  • 15% of Ivy League and 27% of top 20 early round applicants received offers to their dream schools.
  • 670+ offers to the US Top 50, including offers to NYU, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Emory, University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis.
  • 1000+ offers to each student’s first choice school.
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