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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.

Credits & Grades

Early Fall Start courses are regular UW courses, and you will receive official academic credit and a standard grade for the course. All courses are worth five credits.

Early Fall Start Credits

The five credits you earn during Early Fall Start count toward autumn quarter, and they will appear on your autumn quarter schedule and transcript with the rest of your courses.

Earning credit through Early Fall Start gives you several advantages for autumn quarter:

  • If you want to take a lighter academic load in autumn quarter, you only need to enroll in 7 credits to be a full-time student (because you will already have 5 credits from EFS).
  • If you take a full slate of classes in the fall, your Early Fall Start credits will put you ahead of the academic curve. You can earn up to 23 credits total without paying extra tuition (a charge that normally applies to students who take more than 18 credits in a quarter).

If you register, pay for and complete an Early Fall Start course but do not attend the UW in autumn quarter, you’ll still receive credit for the course.

Fulfilling Requirements

Early Fall Start is a great way to get a head start on your general education requirements. The UW requires all students to earn credits in a variety of skill and subject areas, including the Areas of Knowledge. More information on which requirements each Early Fall Start course fulfills can be found on the individual course pages on this site.


Because Early Fall Start courses are considered part of autumn quarter, your grade will not be available until the end of autumn quarter. You will receive your grade with the grades for the rest of your autumn courses.

To change your grading option to Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS), email prior to Friday, September 10, 2021. Your email should include your name, student number and course title. We recommend that you consult Academic Advising ( before requesting this change, as it may affect how the credits will count toward your graduation requirements.