About EFS

  • Take a lighter load during autumn quarter — or get a head start! The 5 credits you earn during Early Fall Start (EFS) count toward autumn quarter, which means you only need to enroll in 10 credits to be considered a full-time student in the fall. Or, take 18 credits and get ahead. See the Credits & Policies page for more information.
  • Get ahead of the game. As other freshmen are adjusting to college life at the beginning of autumn quarter, you'll already know the shortest route to class, what college classes are like and where to grab a cup of coffee.
  • Explore your options. Did you know that the UW offers over 140 majors? Discovery Seminars provide the perfect opportunity to learn about a subject you've considered as a major or an entirely new topic.
  • Build connections. With classes limited to 25 students, you have the chance to work closely with UW faculty as well as make friends with other incoming freshmen. With afternoons free, you’ll have plenty of time for other activities on campus with your new classmates and friends.

Unique Learning Experiences

All of these engaging and innovative opportunities are offered during the four-week EFS session, August 26 – September 19, 2014. Regular autumn quarter classes begin September 24, 2014. All EFS courses meet in the morning for two and a half hours each day.

Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation

The UW reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with university policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

The UW is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation please contact the Disability Resources for Students Office (Seattle Campus) at 206-543-8924 (voice), 206-543-8925 (TTY), 206-616-8379 (fax), or email