2018 Entering Class Information

We are looking forward to having you join us in the fall. In early June, we will provide more detailed registration information, and additional orientation information will be provided over the summer as it is finalized. In the meantime, we want to highlight some important dates and things you can begin doing to prepare for fall. We have also listed some resources that you may find helpful at this early stage.

Dates to Note

  • March/April – GCPD Students only
    All students accepted into the GCPD program must complete and pass a background check. Instructions will be sent directly by the GCPD program.
  • Early June – Registration Information Emailed
     A registration guide will be sent by email in early June.
  • Mid-June – Contact Mike Rosenfeld for Advising Questions
    Mike Rosenfeld is the Graduate Program Coordinator and will serve as your initial faculty adviser until you begin working with your thesis, capstone or dissertation committee chair. He will be available from mid-June to assist with any remaining advising questions or concerns you may have prior to registration. You are welcome to email Mike any questions or you can schedule an in-person or phone advising appointment with him.
  • June 15, 2018 – Deadline for Submitting Official Transcripts to the UW Graduate School
    Additional information about required transcripts and submission instructions are provided below.
  • June 18, 2018 – Fall Registration Begins
    Registration for new students begins on June 17th, but your assigned registration date may vary slightly. You can find your assigned registration date on the “Enrollment Confirmation Acknowledgement” that you have received from the Registrar’s Office via an automated email immediately once the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) is paid.  You will have the opportunity to add or drop courses through the first week of classes.
  • July 27, 2018  – Deadline for Submitting Required Documentation to the Health Sciences Immunization Program
    Please review the instructions below to ensure that all required immunization documentation is submitted as directed.
  • August 27, 2018 – Deadline for Submitting Official Transcripts to the Nutritional Sciences Program
    Additional information about required transcripts and submission instructions are provided below.
  • September 17-25, 2018 – Required Nutritional Sciences & SPH New Student Orientation Activities
    Required orientation activities for all new graduate students are tentatively scheduled to take place from September 17th through September 25th. These dates include the TA/RA conference described below, required Nutritional Sciences Program and School of Public Health orientations, and other sessions to prepare for your first year. Please plan to be available to attend orientation in person on these dates. We will provide a more detailed orientation schedule as soon as possible.

    • Teaching Assistant Conference
      The Annual TA Conference is required for students who intend to apply for teaching assistant positions during the 2018-2019 academic year. The dates are September 17th – 19th  with an additional required day for international students on September 20th.  Registration is required and we will notify you when registration opens.
  • September 25, 2018 – SafeServ Certificate due – GCPD Students only
  • September 26, 2018 – First Day of Classes
    Fall quarter classes are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 26th. You can find more information on dates of instruction, registration and tuition deadlines, and holidays/breaks on the University’s academic calendar.
  • September 28, 2018 – Background Check – Non-GCPD Students only
    Non-GCPD students must submit the paperwork for a background check.  Students will receive this during the NSP Orientation.
  • October 4, 2018 – MPH Practicum and Fieldwork Session
    Nutritional Sciences students who completed a practicum or fieldwork in the past year will present their practicum poster or share their experiences. All incoming MPH students are required to attend. MS and PhD students are also welcome.

Next Steps

  • Notify Us of Address or Contact Information Changes
    Please keep the Nutritional Sciences Program Office updated of changes in your contact information by emailing nutr@uw.edu.
    Please also log into MyUW to update your address in the University’s records. This step updates your address in the database used by the Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Financial Aid, Student Fiscal Services and other departments and offices.
  • Complete Any Remaining Prerequisites
    If any Nutritional Sciences or (if applicable) Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) prerequisites were not completed at the time you submitted your application, you will need to complete the courses before fall quarter.

    • GCPD Students Only: If you have yet to complete a hands-on food science class that is required as a prerequisite, UW Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) offers an online version (NUTR 441 Food and Culinary Science) over the summer.  Students needing to complete the management in nutrition services course should view the Admission requirements and prerequisites for suggested courses.  Admitted students are required to take this course before Fall 2019, but are encouraged to take it before Fall 2018.  Please direct questions to gcpd@uw.edu.
  • Review Immunization Requirements and Submit Required Documentation
    All Nutritional Sciences Students are required to participate in and maintain compliance with the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) while enrolled in the program.

    • As of Spring 2018, HSIP has transitioned to a new vendor service, CastleBranch, for evaluating and maintaining immunization records. Please see the HSIP Requirements Checklist and the HSIP Website for information on the immunization and TB screening requirements and acceptable documentation.
    • Please note that advance planning is required because some of the requirements have multiple doses or steps (such as the Hepatitis B immunizations and Tuberculosis Screening) which must be given on a specific schedule.
    • You will receive an e-vite from the vendor, CastleBranch, containing a unique link that allows you to create a web-based account which you will use to submit your documentation. There will be a one-time set-up fee of $35 which you will pay to CastleBranch. The annual HSIP fees that are charged to your student account have been lowered by this amount to offset this cost.
  • Submit Transcripts to the Nutritional Sciences Program AND UW Graduate School
    The Nutritional Sciences Program requires official transcripts verifying your degrees AND completion of prerequisites. The UW Graduate School requires an official transcript verifying the completion of a bachelor’s or higher degree. If you have not submitted official transcripts already, please send transcripts to each office as directed below. If your degree or prerequisites are in progress, please arrange to have transcripts sent to us as soon as possible after your degree and grades for all prerequisite courses have posted.

    For the Nutritional Sciences Program:
    For the UW Graduate School:
    Please send one copy of official (unopened) transcripts from any community colleges, colleges or universities where you:

    • Earned your previous degree(s), bachelor’s or higher
    • Completed prerequisites for the Nutritional Sciences Program
      (If different from the institution where you completed your degree(s))
    • Completed prerequisites for the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (if applicable)

    Please mail transcripts for the Nutritional Sciences Program to:

    UW Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program
    305 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
    Seattle, WA 98195

    Please send one copy of official (unopened) transcript from the college or university where you:

    • Earned your previous highest degree, bachelor’s or higher

    Please send transcripts to the UW Graduate School using one of two addresses:

    Standard Postal Services:
    University of Washington
    Graduate Enrollment Management Services
    Box 353770
    Seattle, WA USA 98195-3770

    Express Courier Services:
    University of Washington
    Graduate Enrollment Management Services
    G-1 Communications
    4109 E Stevens Way NE
    Seattle, WA USA 98195-3770

Helpful Resources

Getting to Know Campus
The Nutritional Sciences Program and several of our faculty have offices in Raitt Hall. Most of your classes will be located in the Health Sciences Building. The Visitors Center offers campus maps, brochures and guides to campus and Seattle community, and regularly scheduled campus walking tours.
Campus Tours | Visitors Center
Campus Map | Health Sciences Building Map
m.UW.edu (Maps and other campus resources optimized for your phone or tablet)

Housing & Seattle Neighborhoods
Some students opt for housing in one of the Graduate Student Housing options provided by UW Housing & Food Services, while others choose privately managed off-campus rentals. In either case, there are many great options in the varied neighborhoods that surround the University District or are within easy commuting distance by bus or bike. Some neighborhoods that students commonly select are Eastlake, Capitol Hill, Wallingford, Fremont, Ballard, Greenlake, Greenwood, Laurelhurst, and Sandpoint.
UW Housing & Food Services: Graduate Housing Options
Guide to Seattle Neighborhoods
Seattle Neighborhoods Walk Score

Local Transportation & Commuting Options
As a UW student, you will receive a U-PASS that provides full fare coverage on local and regional buses, the Sounder Train, Link Light Rail, and many other local transit options. UW has also been recognized as one of the most bicycle friendly universities in the country. The Burke-Gilman Trail, a popular 18.8 mile recreational trail for walkers, runners, cyclists, and commuters, runs through campus and connects with a number of the Seattle neighborhoods listed above.
UW Transportation Services| U-PASS | King County Metro Transit
UW bikespace | Bicycle Maps | Burke-Gilman Trail

Financial Aid & Student Funding
The UW Office of Financial Aid will likely be your main point of contact for financial assistance at this stage. If you are an out-of-state student, you may have some questions about the UW’s residency requirements. The Graduate Funding Information Service is a resource provided by the UW Libraries and Graduate School to link graduate students with scholarship, fellowship, and other funding opportunities. The funding opportunities available through the Nutritional Sciences Program (such as TA positions and scholarships for continuing students) are typically limited to currently enrolled students, and you will have the opportunity to apply for these during your first year in the program.
Understanding Washington State Residency
Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS)
UW Office of Student Financial Aid

Contact Us

  • General Questions
    Jennifer Siembor, Graduate Student Services Coordinator
    nutr@uw.edu
  • Questions Related to the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD)
    Lacey Henderson, GCPD Student Services Coordinator gcpd@uw.edu