What is the UW in the High School program?

The UW in the High School (UWHS) program enables high schools across Washington State to offer UW coursework for UW credit. Started in 1981, UWHS is one of the oldest "college in the high school" or "concurrent enrollment" programs in the country. The UWHS model is based on highly-qualified teachers, who are UW-approved, trained, and supported, teaching UW courses to high school students, who can earn UW credits in addition to high school credit, alongside peers in their own classrooms.

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Should I register for UW credit?

Courses offered through UWHS are official UW courses and therefore demand considerable work outside of the classroom. Successful students are self-motivated and are willing to dedicate more time than the typical high school course demands. By registering for a UWHS course, students establish a permanent record and any grades received are recorded on an UW official transcript. This is a wonderful opportunity to be taken very seriously.

NOTE: registration for UW credit is open to high shcool juniors and seniors only; freshmen and sophomores are not eligible. This is Washington States law and can not be waived.

Benefits to students include:

  • Engage in university coursework
  • Establish a UW transcript
  • Access UW libraries
  • Earn a grade and college credit through the course
  • Save money on UW credits
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What does it cost?

The cost will be $320 course fee, plus a $44 registration fee. A minimum of 6 students must register for UW credit for a course to be active and award UW credit.

Additionally, students must purchase the course textbook (3rd edition) . Cost is $118.56 + tax/shipping for a new copy.

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Is financial aid available?

Because UWHS operates on a fee basis rather than state funding, it is currently not eligible for financial assistance.

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How do I register?

Refer to to the UWHS Registration Instructions and Form provided by your teacher to complete the registration process. In order to be registered, you must provide your student information and valid payment. This information can be provided over the phone (preferred method) or by mailing in your payment and the registration form. If there is a problem with your registration, UW Educational Outreach (UWEO) Registration Services will contact you directly via phone or email. You must resolve registration issues before your registration can be processed.

Registration deadline is March 2, 2015. Deadline extensions are not available.

The registration form and Student/Parent Fact Sheet are also available online via these links.

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Who accepts UW credit earned through UWHS?

In Washington, almost all colleges and universities generally do accept UW credit earned through UWHS. Two exceptions are University of Puget Sound and Whitman College. Nationally, most public and many private institutions generally do accept. There are exceptions, including some private liberal arts and Ivy League schools. Students should contact prospective colleges or universities to verify whether or not their UW credits will be accepted. In most cases, students order their official UW academic transcripts and send them to the college or university they plan to attend.

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How do King's letter grades work with the UW grading scale?

Your student will receive separate grades on their King's and UW transcripts. I will submit the same grade as a percent to both, each will assign their corresponding letter grade. For instance, the UW awards an A for 96-100% while King's awards an A for 93-100%. If your student earns a 95% in the course, their UW transcript will show a 3.8 and an A-. Their King's transcript will show an A.

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Contacts and additional information

For questions about registration and payment contact:

UW Educational Outreach Registration Services
Phone: (206) 543-2310 or (800) 543-2320 Email: uweoreg@pce.uw.edu

For additional information regarding the UWHS program, including information regarding grades, transferring credit, and ordering transcripts, refer to the UWHS Student Essentials handout at: www.uwhs.washington.edu.

For other questions about the UWHS program, contact the UWHS Office: (206) 685-6404 or uwhs@pce.uw.edu.

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