Life as an Extreme Sport

UW Stops Accepting Transfer Students

Faced with overwhelming demand, the University of Washington has stopped accepting applications from community college students and won’t consider them until the spring and possibly summer quarters of 2005. The decision means that hundreds of transfer students who normally would expect to finish their bachelor’s degrees at the UW will have to change or postpone their plans. When the university does start accepting applications, the competition to get in will be intense, officials said yesterday. And, if those students want to stay near Seattle and enter one of the UW’s two branch campuses, they’d better hurry.Officials at UW-Tacoma and at UW-Bothell say those campuses, too, will be turning away students by fall.
– Seattle PI

Ouch. This makes me sad. The Direct Transfer Agreement was the only way it was possible for me to get into UW; I’m a non-traditional, older student; the DTA meant I could transfer here without having to worry about my lack of SAT scores or community service and other “rounding” qualifiers. While my GPA was hardly an issue, the lack of SAT scores themselves would have been a serious blocking issue.

I’m at work right now, and freshman orientation for family and students is going on; we’re swarmed with incoming students. It’s wonderful to see all these fresh and excited faces; they’re so young! But at the same time, I realize that there are hundreds of older students who won’t be making this same tour anymore. And, as the saying goes, there but for the grace of god…