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Undergraduate Advising Office

The Undergraduate Advising Office, located in room 119A Guthrie Hall, serves as the main resource for declared and prospective psychology majors. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:30. You can make an appointment online or by calling (206) 543-2698. Our email address is psyadvis@uw.edu.

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Transferring to a Psychology Major

The information in the linked page will give you better understanding of what it takes to become a psychology major after you transfer to UW. We could not cover everything a transfer student should know, so please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions.

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Admissions Requirements

Please be aware that admission to the Psychology Department is competitive. Meeting the criteria in the linked page below guarantees consideration, but not acceptance into the major. While the specific GPA cutoff may vary from quarter to quarter, a "competitive" cumulative psychology GPA is generally at or above a 3.20 (GPA is for Psych 101, 202 and 209).

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Choosing a B.A. or B.S.?

Undergraduates earn either a BA or a BS in psychology. This is a difficult decision for some students, but be reassured that you have time to explore your career goals and choose the best preparation for you. The psychology statistics sequence is the dividing point at which you embark on either a BA or a BS.

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Graduation Requirements

The psychology statistics sequence is the dividing point at which you embark on either a BA or a BS and thus require different requirements.

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Psychology Major Application

Applications are due by 4:00 on the first Friday of Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters to the Psych Advising Office, Guthrie 119A. You must attach copies of your transcripts (official or unofficial). Transcripts may be found at the Undergraduate Advising Center in 171 Mary Gates Hall or the Registrar’s Office in Schmitz 250 or may be printed from MYUW. Transfer students must include a copy of transcripts from all colleges attended.

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Honors Program

The Psychology Honors program offers a challenging educational experience with the opportunity for significant research and independent study. It requires a two year commitment and students generally join the honors program Autumn Quarter of their junior year.

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Life After UW

It is a wise idea to think about what you will do and where you will go once you graduate from the University of Washington early--long before you graduate. Planning for and setting professional goals can be a daunting task.

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