Medical Student Applicants
UW School of Medicine Admissions Office determines who will need to verify their Washington residency, for admissions purposes, before directing applicants to our office.
Applicants to the School of Medicine must meet the following criteria based on their current status:
For NEW residents of Washington:
To be considered as residents for admission purposes to the University of Washington, School of Medicine, applicants must complete the following criteria:
- The applicant must be physically present in Washington and fulfill the residency requirements at least 6 consecutive months prior to the UW School of Medicine secondary application deadline (December 1).
If there is sufficient evidence to verify their residency for admission purposes, the expectation is that the applicant will continue to fulfill the residency requirements and maintain their domiciliary ties to Washington moving forward. The 12 consecutive month waiting period still applies. See Residency Requirements for details.
Upon request from UW School of Medicine, Admissions Office, students will need to complete and sign the Residence Questionnaire form (both pages). This process requires all documentation of the applicant’s establishment of Washington domicile and financial independence.
For CURRENT residents of Washington:
Applicants who are financially independent and current residents of Washington, attending school out-of-state, please reference Washington Residents Absent from State and follow the proper guidelines.
Applicants who are financially dependent on their parent or court-appointed legal guardian, please reference Financially Dependent Students and follow the proper guidelines.
The Residency Questionnaire, Documentation Checklist, and hard (physical) copies of all required supporting documentation must be returned to our office by postal mail or put in the drop box located on the second floor lobby of Schmitz Hall. Residency applications and additional documentation are not accepted by email or fax.
The review process may take approximately four to six weeks. Residency staff will contact students if additional information is needed.
Note for all Medical Student applicants: When completing the questionnaire, applicants should be marking the categories “New,” “Professional,” and type “UWSOM” in the blank line next to “School.” In the “ID number” field, applicants should provide their AMCAS number. Please ensure the email address provided is valid and legible as this is the only form of communication between our office and the applicant.
Applicants should not submit a Residence Questionnaire and documents to our office unless requested to do so by UW School of Medicine Admissions Office.
The information on this page is for applicants verifying their legal residency; not School of Medicine Residency and Clinical Fellowship training.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is current as of 03/05/2018. The University of Washington reserves the right to update or remove this page as necessary for clarity and/or to reflect changes to residency law or university policies. This website is intended as guidance only and students are advised to refer to the Washington state laws on residency for current statutes and additional information. See RCW Chapter 28B.15, WAC Chapter 250-18, and WAC Chapter 478-160.
The UW Residency Classification Office will administer residency determinations in accordance with the current law at the time of application.