Early Fall Start features a broad range of courses. Whether you want to delve into an interesting topic, get a head start on requirements or improve your writing or English language skills, you’ll find a course that meets your needs. 

Explore Your Options

Did you know that the UW offers more than 140 majors? Early Fall Start is the perfect time to sample a subject you might be thinking about for your major, or to check out something completely new and different.

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Discovery Seminars

Study a fascinating topic and enjoy close faculty-student interaction in a lively small-class setting.

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English Language & Writing

Improve your English language or writing skills and get ready for college-level work.

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Note that all courses require full participation and the same amount of academic work as any other UW course. In general, each course requires about 10 hours of homework each week.


If you have questions about which course to take or need further academic guidance, you should connect with the Undergraduate Academic Affairs office. You can email the office at or call 206-543-2550.