Mass incarceration, COVID-19 health disparities and unrelenting racial injustice are issues we —and the most vulnerable among us— face every day. How can you make an impact, change the world and lift up your community? Consider a career in social work, and live your passion for social change!


BASW Prospective Student Open House
 - View the January 2021 Open House recording here
 - View the November 2020 Open House recording here

Hear application and personal statement tips, along with current BASW student perspectives and experiences with UW's BASW  program. Join us for review of important admissions steps and deadlines, dialogue and advice from current students, and discussion of writing effective personal statements for your application. The January session builds on the topics discussed at the November BASW Open House; we encourage you to watch both.

Pathways to Social Work for Transfer Students: Advice + How to Pay For College
 - View the recording here
Intending to transfer to the UW School of Social Work from a community college? Join us to learn about helpful resources for a smooth transfer process, including financial aid, application instructions, and guidance and advice from current BASW students who recently transferred to UW. We will discuss the potential for full-ride scholarships specifically for WA transfer students, and how to petition if you need more financial aid than initially awarded.

Living Your Passion for Social Change: What Can I Do with a Bachelor's in Social Welfare?
 - View the recording here
Join us to discuss engaging career pathways that you could pursue with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) degree. How is a BASW different from other social science majors? What skills will you gain and what values do social workers hold? Join us for a dialogue with BASW Program Director Bill Vesneski, and young professionals who recently completed their BASW degrees.

Tips For a Strong Application: Q&A with BASW Admissions
 - View the recording here
 - Examples of suggested classes (NOT prerequisites) for pre-majors
We welcome your questions about the BASW application, timeline, transfer process, funding, and more! UW School of Social Work admissions representatives will provide a summary of the BASW application process, and share tips for submitting the strongest possible application. We invite you to bring your questions for our Q&A, but you're also welcome to just watch and get answers and advice from our BASW admissions team.

Gaining Real World Experience & Making an Impact: BASW Experiential Education
 - View the recording here 
Join Khalfani Mwamba and Saul Tran Cornwall, Assistant Teaching Professors with the Office of Field Education, to learn more about BASW internships and practicum experiences. You'll learn about community service learning (Junior year), BASW practicum (Senior year), and the importance of hands-on, experiential education outside the classroom. Meaningful, professional field education is the cornerstone of a successful social work education. We work closely with community agencies and organizations to ensure that real-world experience complements classroom theory and research; our goal is to facilitate the mastery of competencies and practice behaviors that support a successful social work career.



If you are a prospective UW transfer student who has not yet applied for transfer admission to UW's Seattle campus, you'll need to submit two separate applications for admission:

  • UW transfer application, for admission to the University of Washington. Prospective UW transfer students should review the UW transfer admission website for details, timelines and requirements. Deadlines vary, based on your intended quarter of admission. UW's application deadline for Autumn 2021 transfer admission is February 15, 2021. We invite prospective transfer students to reach out to us for transfer advising prior to then.
  • BASW application for departmental admission to the Autumn 2021 BASW program (will become available in late January 2021, with an April 15 deadline to apply). Note: UW's Autumn 2021 transfer application deadline (February 15, 2021) is earlier than our departmental BASW application, which does not become available until late January/early February.  Transfer students should plan ahead and must apply for university admission, in addition to departmental admission to the Social Welfare major (BASW program).

Prospective transfer students should explore UW's Transfer student website for transfer planning tools and resources, as well as information about additional campus visit opportunities including Transfer Thursday events.  



Over half of UW undergraduates receive financial aid. Applying for financial aid is separate from your application(s) for admission. The UW uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for undocumented students living in Washington, the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). For priority aid consideration, be sure that you have submitted your FAFSA/WASFA by January 15 for the upcoming school year, even if you don’t know whether you will be offered admission. For more details, visit: Undocumented students are encouraged to explore UW's Leadership Without Borders resources as well as Immigrants Rising.


Contact Dave Morrin, UW School of Social Work Recruitment Coordinator, at or 206.685.2425.