Office of the University Registrar

Dean’s Lists

The University of Washington recognizes students after each academic quarter and year for their high scholarship award and inclusion on the corresponding Dean’s List. A suitable and official notation of this achievement is recorded on the student’s University transcript. Students may also be eligible for other Baccalaureate Honors.

Dean’s Lists Criteria

Quarterly Dean’s List

To qualify for the quarterly Dean’s List, a student must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree and attain a quarterly GPA of 3.50 or higher in at least 12 graded credits.

Annual Dean’s List

To qualify for the Annual Dean’s List, a matriculated undergraduate student must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree and have achieved a quarterly GPA of 3.50 in 12 or more numerically graded credits each quarter for three quarters of the academic year (summer through spring).

Students enrolled for four quarters of the academic year (summer through spring) must satisfy the conditions previously outlined and attain a quarterly GPA of 3.50 or better in the fourth quarter, if enrolled for 10 or more credits.

Dean’s List Notations

The official University record that a student has qualified for the Quarterly or Annual Dean’s List is the notation on the student’s UW transcript.

Dean’s List Name

Student’s Quarterly or Annual Dean’s List Name does not have to match their Student Record Name. By submitting a Dean’s List name request via the Dean’s List Name form, students can now have the name of their choice reflected on:

  • The corresponding Dean’s List Recipients webpage listing
  • On the Letter for Quarterly Dean’s List recipients
  • Notifications from the UW News Office to the student’s hometown newspaper.

Dean’s List Name requests must be submitted prior to the publication of Dean’s List Recipients. Students who do not provide their Quarterly or Annual Deans List Name via the form will have their Student Record Name posted on the corresponding Dean’s List Recipients webpage.

Dean’s List Letters and Certificates

Quarterly Dean’s List Letter

Students are notified via email of their quarterly Dean’s List standing with a Dean’s Letter. Students are presented with an option to access their Dean’s Letter (PDF) for the most recent quarter. Quarterly Dean’s List Letters are only generated for students who meet the Dean’s List criteria at that time. Quarterly Dean’s List Letters are not issued or updated based on late changes to the academic record.

  • Dean’s List letter format: Students must access their letter on a device capable of viewing and downloading PDF documents.
  • Timeline: Students have approximately 90 days after receiving the email notification to access and download the Dean’s List letter for the most recent quarter. Dean’s List letters cannot be retrieved following this 90-day period.
  • UW NetID**: Students must log in using their personal UW NetID and password to access and download a PDF version of the Dean’s List letter.
  • Email: To comply with FERPA regulations, Dean’s Letter notifications are sent only to the student’s UW e-mail address.

Quarterly Dean’s List Letter Delivery

Students will receive an email with their Dean’s List Letter the quarter after they’ve made the Dean’s List.

Dean’s List Quarter Letter Delivery
Summer Autumn
Autumn Winter
Winter Spring
Spring Summer

Quarterly Dean’s List Letter Technical Troubleshooting

Students who experience trouble viewing their Dean’s List letter should:

  1. Computer: Access the letter using a laptop or desktop computer as some mobile devices may fail to download the PDF.
  2. UW NetID: Make sure to log in with your personal UW NetID.
  3. Web Browser: Close all browser windows, clear cache, and log in again using your personal UW NetID.
  4. Submit a Ticket: Continued difficulties with accessing a Dean’s List letter should be reported via email to Students should include their student ID number, specific errors, which quarter, and related details.
Please direct all questions regarding Dean’s List Letter timing, release date, transcript notations, or non-troubleshooting issues to

Annual Dean’s List Certificate

The Office of the University Registrar has discontinued the printing and mailing of the Annual Dean’s List Certificate.