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For the health and safety of our students and community, Early Fall Start 2021 will be offered exclusively through remote learning.

For more information, see Why Attend Early Fall Start Online.


Can’t wait to get started? Early Fall Start allows incoming first-year students to enroll in an intensive UW course and begin their college experience about a month before the regular school year begins. 

Early Fall Start is a unique opportunity — to make friends, to take a special course not offered during the school year, and to learn what college life is all about.

Launch Yourself at the UW

It’s natural to be a little nervous about making the transition to college. You might be wondering what to expect in terms of classwork or how you’ll make new friends.

Early Fall Start allows you to ease your way into life at the UW. You’ll take one course, connecting with the professor and other students in a smaller class. By the time autumn quarter begins, you’ll be adjusted to school and ahead of the game.

Enjoy a Great Class (and Get Credit for It)

Early Fall Start lets you get used to college-level work by taking a single class before autumn quarter arrives. And you’ll earn credit, which means you can take a lighter load in your first quarter if you choose.

 All Early Fall Start courses are:

  • Four weeks in length
  • Taught by regular UW faculty and instructors
  • Limited to 25 students or less, in most cases
  • Worth 5 credits 

Note that all courses require full participation and the same amount of academic work as any other UW course.

Learn more about courses and about credits and grades.

Kick-Start Your Career 

All students enrolled in any Early Fall Start course can participate in Professional Launchpad. This career readiness program will help you connect and grow your network just as you begin your UW career. You'll get insider advice and insights on how to create and cultivate a professional identity that you'll use during your time at the UW and beyond. Learn about career development tools and resources as well as internship and externship opportunities available to UW students at some of Seattle's leading companies. 

This online program is offered in the afternoon during the first week of Early Fall Start. There is no additional fee to participate in Professional Launchpad. All costs are covered by your Early Fall Start program fee. 

Learn more about Professional Launchpad and register today.

International Students

First-year international students are eligible to take any Early Fall Start course they want. See the International Students page for more details.

How to Get Started

Early Fall Start registration, costs and housing policies are different from the regular academic year. See the Registration & Costs page and the Housing page for more information.

The University of Washington is fully committed to equal opportunity, diversity and access and inclusion.