Current Students

2020 Entering Class Information

We look forward to having you join us virtually in autumn. Please continue to check this site for important information about orientation activities, next steps, and resources.

Health Sciences Common Book: Each year, the health sciences schools select a common book that serves as a platform for students from across health professions to engage with one another in substantive, inter-professional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice. This year’s common book is How to Be an Antiracist, a No. 1 New York Times best seller by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi.

Orientation Activities

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Online Training
  • Bloodborne Pathogens for Researchers Online Training Course
  • COVID-19 Safety Online Training
  • Graduate School’s U501 Online
  • Center for Teaching and Learning TA Program, Register Online

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 us for Advising
    The Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) will serve as your initial faculty. The GPC will be available from mid-June to assist with any advising questions or concerns you may have prior to registration.
  • June 15, 2020 – Deadline for Submitting Official Transcripts to the UW Graduate School
    Additional information about required transcripts and submission instructions are provided below.
  • June 22, 2020 – Autumn Registration Begins
    Registration for new students begins in June, but your assigned registration date may vary slightly. You can find your assigned registration date on the “Enrollment Confirmation Acknowledgement” that you receive from the Registrar’s Office via an automated email sent once the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) is paid.  You will have the opportunity to add or drop courses through the first week of classes.
  • August 31, 2020 – Deadline for Submitting Official Transcripts to the Nutritional Sciences Program
    Additional information about required transcripts and submission instructions are provided below.
  • September 25, 2020 – SafeServ Certificate due – GCPD Students only Please email a copy of your ServSafe Management certificate to More information about ServSafe can be found at:
  • September 30, 2020 – First Day of Classes
    Find information on dates of instruction, registration and tuition deadlines, and holidays/breaks on the academic calendar
  • September 30, 2020 – Background Check – Non-GCPD Students only
    Non-GCPD students must submit the paperwork for a background check.
  • October 2020 – MPH Practicum and Fieldwork Sessions
    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 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
    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.  Please direct questions to
  • 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.

    • HSIP uses the 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 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. Please send transcripts 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 to:

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

Certified Electronic Transcripts may also be sent to from the issuing institution or its authorized agent. 

Please send one copy of official transcripts from the college or university where you earned your previous highest degree, bachelor’s or higher.

Please following the instructions to send Certified Electronic Transcripts (preferred) or paper transcripts to 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


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.

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  several of the Seattle neighborhoods listed above.

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, are typically limited to currently enrolled students, and you will have the opportunity to apply for these during your first year in the program.

Contact Us

  • Becky Beard, Student Services Coordinator
  • Susan Inman, Manager of Student and Academic Services
    All Questions
  • Lacey Henderson, GCPD Student Services Coordinator
    Questions Related to the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD)
  • Liz Kirk, Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC)
    Graduate Advising