Autumn 2021

Welcome to the new academic year! As we all adjust to a combination of virtual and in-person work, it's good to share the things we are doing with and for transfer students.

I hope this newsletter finds everyone well and taking care of yourselves and each other. 

This issue offers a variety of program updates and events as well as inspiring student profiles. As always, I hope you enjoy and find all of them interesting and  informative.  

As we bring the quarter to a close, UW Admissions and UAA Advising will host Transfer Student Preview Day (TSPD) for the fourth consecutive year. This event will be held on December 16th, 2021 in the HUB on the UW-Seattle campus. 

I hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and memorable holiday season!

—Tim McCoy

UW Transfer Student Celebration Week

Greetings, and welcome back to a new academic year! I’m very grateful to be part of the academic advising community as we navigate an exciting yet uncertain path forward. As we all learn to adapt and to do things differently, we want to make sure that we continue to recognize and celebrate our students. This year, for the first time, Undergraduate Academic Affairs hosted Transfer Student Celebration Week, October 18-22nd. 

Our Transfer Student Celebration Week was inspired by and held in conjunction with National Transfer Student Week


Law Societies and Justice Pilots Direct Admission for Transfer Students

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UW-Seattle Department of Mathematics has Direct Admission for Transfer Students

The Department of Mathematics (UW Seattle) is pleased to announce we are accepting transfer students directly into the major effective Summer 2022.  Transfer applicants must still apply to the University of Washington Seattle by the admissions deadline then submit a separate Department application for consideration.  Details about admissions prerequisites can be found here: 

UW-Seattle Other Changes to Major Admission for Transfer Students

In addition to the Math, ACMS and LSJ majors, featured in this issue of the newsletter, several other departments have moved to direct admission or will do so in the near future for incoming transfer students. These departments, with more information on the application processes, are:

Chemistry, Biochemistry



Economics (Pilot for Autumn 2022 admission)

Transfer applicants must still apply to the University of Washington Seattle by the admissions deadline then submit a separate application, or contact each department regarding admission to the majors.

UW Tacoma – Milgard School of Business: Program Information and Student Profile: Aidan Helt

The Milgard School of Business at UW Tacoma offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with options in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and General Business as well as unique minors in Business Data Analytics and Sports Enterprise Management.


Milgard’s Autumn 2022 application will open February 1. Students must first apply to transfer to UW Tacoma and then second apply to the Milgard School of Business. The priority application date is March 15, final deadline July 1.


Milgard has many scholarship opportunities for incoming students, including transfer students. Students with 3.0 or higher transfer GPA are encouraged to submit our scholarship application which opens annually around April 1.


Check out this article on the UW Tacoma website featuring business major, Aidan Helt, a transfer student from Pierce College. It traces Aidan’s journey leaving behind a difficult childhood in Ketchikan, Alaska, joining the Merchant Marines, and eventually landing in Tacoma.


Interested students can visit our website and are encouraged to register for one of our regularly scheduled online information sessions to learn more about the business degree options and resources offered by the Milgard School of Business as well as walk through our application process. The UW Tacoma Office of Admissions also offers weekly virtual Transfer Tuesday events as well as virtual and in-person campus tours that interested transfer students may want to check out.

SHPEP - Inspire college students to pursue a career in the Health Professions

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE transformative six-week summer experience for students interested in the health professions


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Are you looking for ways to inspire college students to pursue a career in the health professions?


The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE transformative six-week summer experience for students interested in the health professions. SHPEP scholars have a legacy of success: over 65% of scholars who apply to medical or dental school are accepted.

Application Opens Nov. 1!

Learn more about this amazing opportunity ›

SHPEP is a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

Phone Number: 1-866-587-6337 (toll-free)

National Science Foundation: University of Washington School of Oceanography, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and the Marine Biology program

With funding from the National Science Foundation the University of Washington School of Oceanography, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and the Marine Biology program is offering a new program for community college students who will matriculate to UW in Fall 2022. See below for information to give your students information about this opportunity. 

Have you ever wondered why killer whales are listed as endangered in Puget Sound? How toxic algal blooms are formed? Or why local beaches are disappearing? Did you know that you can be part of the solution? The UW College of the Environment offers a unique, two-week immersive experience on board our research vessel and at our marine field facilities, where you’ll receive hands-on training and create an independent research project to answer your own questions. All expenses are covered. In addition, you’ll receive a stipend of $1,400.

You’ll set sail from the UW-Seattle campus on the oceanographic research vessel Rachel Carson and collect samples in Puget Sound. When in residence, you’ll conduct field and laboratory experiments, learn methods to analyze your own data, and practice effective ways to communicate your results. No experience necessary, come join us!

The deadline to apply to the GEODUC program will be in June 2022. In order to apply, you need to have accepted an Offer of Admissions from UW-Seattle for Autumn Quarter 2022 (deadline February 15, 2022). Connect with us at and sign up for the GEODUC listserv  (  to stay up to date with announcements and special events. For updates you can also visit our website at

UW-Seattle, Foster School of Business' Undergraduate Diversity Services-Building Networks Program

Building Networks 2022 Program

Building Networks is a peer mentorship program hosted by the University of Washington Foster School of Business' Undergraduate Diversity Services. This program is designed to address the historical lack of representation in business schools & the greater corporate world of Black, Latinx, Native, Pacific Islander & Southeast Asian professionals, as well as individuals of first-generation and/or low-income backgrounds.

Building Networks is a two-quarter-long peer-mentorship program intended for students at the University of Washington interested in business. Throughout the program students will be exposed to various business lectures, professional development opportunities, and powerful mentorship. Building Networks is aimed to equip underclassmen with the skills, resources, and mentorship needed to be successful after graduation. The program is intended for freshmen and sophomores who have not participated in YEOC (Young Executives of Color) or Business Bridge, two UDS (Undergraduate Diversity Services) pipeline programs. 

 Mentees participating in Building Networks will:

  • Meet upperclassmen that will guide them to success in their academic and professional career.
  • Learn how to become a competitive professional applicant.
  • Attend professional development workshops and career fairs.
  • Connect with UW staff, students, corporate professionals, and leaders on and off-campus.

All sessions will be held on Fridays from 3:30-5:30 pm and the dates are as follows.

(Winter Quarter) February 4th, February 18th, February 25th,  

(Spring Quarter) April 1st, April 8th April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at UW-Seattle announces Global and Regional Studies major

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington is excited to announce the launch of a new general major, “Global and Regional Studies.” This major replaces the former “International Studies (general)” major.  It is open to all students in good academic standing, and students who transfer into the UW can declare their “Global and Regional Studies” major immediately. Global and Regional Studies is an excellent choice for students who are interested in learning about how world cultures and politics are influenced by major events such as the rise of nationalism, globalization, and climate events.  Our students learn how to create policies and solutions that could have a positive impact on future international developments and events. Global and Regional Studies students will have a choice of experiential capstone opportunities in their selection of  Task Force and Calderwood Seminars. With access to internal career services, Jackson School students can find support as they prepare for internships and post-graduation opportunities. For more information on the new major, please visit Contact to connect with an advisor, or to get an invitation to one of our monthly info sessions.

Medical Laboratory Science B.S. Degree Information Sessions

What: Medical Laboratory Science B.S. Degree Information Sessions (

When: 12/16/21 and 1/20/22, 4:00-5:00pm

Where: Zoom, register here

The program application deadline is February 15, 2022

Student Profile: Christina Gonzalez, Food Systems, Nutrition and Health Major, UW-Seattle School of Public Health

Student Profile: Christina Gonzalez, Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major, School of Public Health

Why did you choose UW?

Since moving to Seattle, it has always been my goal to be accepted into the University of Washington.  I chose UW because it is a world-renowned research university, and I knew I would be receiving cutting-edge knowledge.

How did you learn about the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major, and what made you interested in applying?

I knew I wanted to gain academic experience in the field of public health because I wanted to make an impact in my community.  When I looked at public health majors at UW, I was excited to learn that there was a Food Systems major. I have always been interested in the role nutrition plays in health.  It was like all my passions aligned in one!

How has your educational background and experience prepared you for studying food systems?

I have a 13-year background in the health and fitness industry. Working one-on-one with people who struggled with their relationship with food made me want to learn more about food behaviors and food equity.

Since entering the program, have you learned anything that has surprised you?

Since entering the program, I have a new passion for farmworker rights and sustainable farming practices.

What program theme do you find most interesting?

The theme I find most interesting about the program is that everything is interconnected and unless we use systems thinking to solve problems, communities, the environment, and our future food system will be negatively affected.  

What are your future goals?

My future goals are to affect change in the food system by helping to strengthen the ties between the small farmer and urban farms and those facing food insecurity. 

Are you involved in any clubs, activities, or organizations at UW related to food systems?

I am currently working with the FSNH advising team as an outreach intern for the program.  I will be visiting classes and participating in community college outreach events to speak about my experience in the program and why I am so excited about the important work we are doing!

What do you like to do for fun outside of class?

Outside of doing schoolwork, I can be found hanging out with my family, playing with our dog, and working in my garden.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I just sent my oldest daughter to Western Washington University this fall. She’s studying Geology. It’s fun to chat about our shared passion for learning about climate change.

What advice would you give prospective students considering a major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health?

Proactively make connections with your professors and peers. Go to your professors’ office hours, introduce yourself, and discuss your questions and passions about their class material.  Extend yourself to peers that come from different cultures and backgrounds than your own. Share your experiences and listen to theirs.

Also, there is so much opportunity to interact with the UW food system, whether that is working on the UW farm, being active with a student organization like the Dirty Dozen or ASUW Food Cooperative, or volunteering at the UW Food Pantry.

Interested in learning more? Prospective students exploring the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major or Nutrition minor are encouraged to attend our regularly scheduled info sessions and quick questions drop-in advising; upcoming dates and Zoom information can be found in our events calendar.

Alumni Student Profile: Courtney Ortañez, UW-Seattle, Integrated Social Sciences

Alum Profile: Courtney Ortañez, Integrated Social Sciences, 2021
Transferred from: Santa Barbara City College

Integrated Social Sciences is one of only two fully-online Bachelor of Arts degree completion programs offered by the University of Washington (the other is Early Care and Education). ISS students engage with a rigorous social sciences curriculum developed and taught by world-class faculty from the UW College of Arts and Sciences Social Sciences division.

Can you talk a little bit about your path to Integrated Social Sciences? What you were doing before joining the program and what made you decide to finish your degree with ISS?

Before finishing my degree with the ISS program, I studied to receive my AA in anthropology. I fell in love with the discipline's approach to understanding individuals, culture, and society. I directly utilized these learnings in my career by implementing programs and initiatives relating to workplace culture and its impact on employee engagement. For example, I went from Admin Assistant to a Marketing position to highlight employer branding, attract top talent, and work directly with HR. While grateful for the growth of my career, I knew that finishing my degree would allow for greater confidence to take the lead on initiatives that were most important to me. 

How did the ISS program help you realize your goals?

Coming into the ISS program, my goal was to achieve the credentials needed to take my career on a path more aligned with my interests, values, and passions. Numerous courses in the ISS program greatly impacted me, particularly 'Political Ecology of the World Food System,' with Professor Rebakah Daro Minarchek. This course opened my eyes drastically to the levels of imbalance, overproduction, and overconsumption (of highly processed food items!) perpetuated by the current food system. Following this course, I did some work with the University's American Indian Studies Department, or the Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Food Symposium, which highlights Indigenous community wisdom about food and food production methods. This experience and my course learnings sparked an even stronger desire within me to follow a career path that is in direct alignment with my values. 

What are you up to now?

I am now working with a company on a total re-branding project following a merger and acquisition. I have a plan in the works to file a business license very soon. (Wish me luck!!)

What advice would you give to current or prospective ISS students?

I would give them much encouragement! Your desire to begin or finish this part of your journey may feel like a tough decision to make, but try to overcome any feelings of self-doubt that you may have adopted and instead embrace feelings of self-assurance. You can do this! 

Coming into the ISS program, I knew that I would be empowered with new learnings. However, the relevancy of the course content invigorated a sense of urgency to integrate activism into my daily work. 

Martin Family Foundation Scholarships: applications open soon for students at any WA community college

Martin Family Foundation Scholarships: now open to students at any WA community college

The Martin Family Foundation offers two scholarships for students currently attending Washington State community colleges who desire to complete their baccalaureate degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. Complete program and eligibility information is available at

  • NEW in 2022: The Martin Achievement Scholarship is now open to students at ANY community college in Washington!
    • This scholarship funds students who have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in art, humanities, music, science, and/or leadership at any WA community college. The program will select Martin Achievement Scholars early in their community college career and provides $5,000 in support for their second year in community college and, upon successful transfer, up to $12,000 per year for up to three years at UW in Seattle.
    • Apply this winter 2022 if you plan to continue your studies at any WA community college throughout the 2022-23 academic year, with the goal of transferring to UW in Seattle during 2023-24.
    • Application will open in January 2022 and the deadline will be in early April 2022. Learn more, check your eligibility, and get started planning your application:


  • The Martin Honors Scholarship enables Washington State Community College students, from any WA community college, of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at UW in Seattle.
    • This scholarship provides $12,000 per year for up to three years at UW in Seattle.
    • Apply this spring 2022 if you are planning to transfer to UW in Seattle in spring 2022 (with fewer than 18 credits earned at UW by the July deadline), summer 2022, fall 2022 or winter 2023. Please note: In many cases, you will need to apply for the scholarship before your admission decision is confirmed.
    • Application for this scholarship will open in May 2022 and the deadline will be in early July 2022. Learn more, check your eligibility, and get started planning your application:

Read about current and past scholars on our website. The Martin Family Foundation Scholarships are supported by the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards. Please feel welcome to contact us for additional information or with questions.

Late Fall and Early Winter Greetings from the HAS Center to You

 Late Fall and Early Winter Greetings from the HAS Center to You

The Humanities Academic Services (HAS) center now offers both in-person and virtual appointments; students can book online and choose their session type. Our team is here to help connect you to resources and opportunities before you set foot on campus, and many of these resources are available long after you leave (for example, the Career & Internship Center).

The HAS team starts the welcome campaign early by participating in transfer Advising & Orientation (A&O) sessions organized by First Year Programs (FYP). This year, we’ll host A&O sessions on Dec 15, 20, and 22 - we look forward to meeting some of you next month.

If you’re undecided and want to learn more about transferring, we’ll see you on December 16 at the Husky Union Building (the HUB) for the Transfer Student Preview Day. In addition to advising current and prospective students, HAS hosts academic, experiential, and/or social opportunities such as transfer student panels, career panels, open houses, and career workshops.

This fall’s Transfer Student Panel featured Humanities majors who, like you, transferred to UW from a community college. Current UW students offer a different (and equally valuable) perspective on how to make the most of your time at UW! One panelist’s top tip to fellow transferees was to make time for self-care through activities available at the UW’s spectacular IMA; check out the climbing wall, roller-skating night, swimming pools, courts and playing fields, hiking excursions, rowing, canoeing, golf, or bowling at the HUB. A second panelist encouraged partaking of study abroad opportunities and scholarships available through UW, a third underscored the importance of connecting with advisors and faculty. See more from this session here.

We rounded out the quarter with a careers panel for modern world language students with UW alumni who were happy to share their experience and expertise on how they transitioned into their careers. Students who attended the panel on November 17th learned more about how to connect to different career trajectories, and the enthusiasm of the panelists proved reassuring for students in attendance. Student moderators Savannah Lackey, Elizabeth Peterson, and Josh Swyenenburg asked the panelists questions about their academic choices, sought advice about opportunities that complement academic learning, and got the chance to network with the panelists in the tech, education, government, and the non-profit sectors.

Panelists shared at least one experience or opportunity that helped shape their choices and complemented their education, and some of their experiential learning came from study abroad programs made possible by scholarships, or from opportunities that came from internships, mentorships, and externships.

After the Career Panel discussions, students who attended the Zoom panel were invited to move in and out of breakout rooms run by representatives from various resource and opportunity offices on campus. Many of the point people present in the breakout rooms were there to explain some of the same opportunities and experiences the panelists had described as life-altering and career-shaping. The breakout rooms included point people from the UW’s Scholarship OfficeC21 ExternshipsTAPIF (teaching English in France)NALCAP (teaching English in Spain)JET Program (teaching English in Japan), and MiT (Masters in Teaching at UW) programs.

There was something for everyone at these panels, which is what you will find at UW in general: something for everyone! To meet with HAS Center staff simply schedule an appointment. Until then, warm regards for the holiday season and best wishes for the new year!


P.S. For students interested in studying a world language, the UW Career Center will host “Successful Job Searching for Foreign Language Students” on Jan 12 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm, and “Resume & Cover Letter Writing for Foreign Language Students” on Jan 19 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Save the dates! Participation will be first-come, first-served with links available for sign up on the Career Center’s website starting in January.

UW Seattle- Academic Support Programs

Academic Support Programs (ASP) is excited to announce a new resource dedicated to transfer students at the University of Washington.

As a program, ASP creates transformative educational experiences to help students thrive academically. Committed to a diverse and inclusive university, we develop varied models of support to help all our students succeed. These models include the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) Tutoring and Academic Success Coaching.

In both tutoring and coaching, we offer students an opportunity to meet with peers to discuss support, from help with homework and study skills to better understanding campus resources. Our student staff are knowledgeable about learning at the UW and can share resources from their experience and get students connected with other campus resources. 

This year we welcomed our first Transfer Student Academic Success Coach! We are thrilled to have Kaylee Lantis, a transfer student herself from Bellevue Community College, dedicated to this work. 


Kaylee is a junior majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Information Systems. She enjoys creating multi-media art, color-coding anything and everything, and reading historical fiction.

Kaylee has experienced the move to a larger public university, understands the excitement and challenges of that journey, and has developed numerous tips, tricks, and strategies to succeed. She enjoys being a resource for others! 

To learn a bit more about Kaylee, watch this video:

To learn more about Academic Support Programs follow this link:

To connect with one of our staff members please feel free to email us at

We would love to hear from you and your students!