Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) undergraduate major at the University of Washington. CEP has a unique structure and learning environment. It is strongly recommended that you review the requirements and familiarize yourself with the program before you apply.

The application for the UW 2018-19 academic year is now closed.
The application for the UW 2019-20 academic year will open in mid-December 2018.

CEP is a capacity-constrained major that accepts 38 students each year. The majority of spots are filled by the priority admissions applicant pool. We also offer rolling admissions wherein students can apply at any point after the February 15, 2018 deadline and will be reviewed as first-come, first-served. Students who are not admitted in the first round of applicants will be deferred to a waitlist.

Please visit our F.A.Q. page, contact, or schedule an advising appointment if you have any questions.



  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • 90 credits towards completion of your General Education requirements
  • Submission of the following:

      Application Questionnaire

      Please fill out all sections of the questionnaire to the best of your abilities.

      Academic Resume

      Your academic resume may include relevant academic and employment experiences; extracurricular activities; travel experiences; and awards, honors, or professional affiliations. Please tailor to CEP as you would for a job.

      Unofficial Transcript(s)

      Please provide your unofficial transcript(s) for all of your college work. These can be downloaded from MyUW for UW students, or the equivalent at your previous academic institution.

      Personal Statement

      Your personal statement should be exactly that – personal. It is an opportunity to share your passions, educational experiences, plans, visions, and anything else you would like to be considered as part of your application. There are no right or wrong answers. Be creative and use your own voice to express yourself. Don’t write what you think you want the Admissions Committee to hear, but rather, write about what you want us to know. The Admissions Committee will use your personal statement as part of a holistic review to determine if you will excel in the CEP program.
      In your personal statement, please use the following questions as a guide:

      • Who are you? What has influenced you to be that person?
      • Why is CEP the right program for you?
      • How will you be a strong member of the CEP community?
      • What are your current educational and/or professional goals? How will CEP help you reach your goals?

      900-1200 words; 12 pt. font, double-spaced, one-inch margins; Content as well as spelling, grammar, and punctuation will be considered.

      In-Person Interview

      The interview will be scheduled after receipt of your online application materials. The interview will be conducted by current CEP students and will be around 30 minutes long. If you are unable to travel for an in-person interview, a phone/video interview will take place. A current student will send you questions to help you prepare in advance.

Note to Transfer Applicants

Transfer students who are not yet enrolled at the University of Washington must also submit an application to the University of Washington through the University of Washington Office of Admissions. The application deadline for transfer students to apply to the University of Washington is February 15, 2018. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (206) 543-9686 or visit the UW Transfer Students website for more information.

Acceptance to the CEP Program does not guarantee admission to the University of Washington.

Community, Environment, and Planning is a welcoming and safe space for undocumented, Muslim, LGBTQ+, and students of color. We will not stand by discrimination or harassment of any kind toward our students.

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, and religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services.