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UW Subdomain Request

You may now choose to have a sub-domain under either UW.EDU or WASHINGTON.EDU. Email and other services are using as the primary domain now and we are now encouraging new sub-domains to be under the parent domain and then choose to also set a link from the domain as well. Domains in either or will be reserved in both so as to maintain a consistent identity across both domains.

Your first step should be to determine whether or not a new subdomain is really necessary for your department. We have over 350 subdomains registered in the “” namespace, and there already may be one that would suit your needs. To avoid complicating subdomain management any more than necessary, we encourage units to use existing subdomains whenever an appropriate one already exists.

Identifying an appropriate existing subdomain for your department can be difficult. If you are unsure about what subdomains exist that might work for you, please send email to and we will help you.

If you do determine that an existing subdomain won’t suit the needs of your department, a new one can be requested by returning the information below to UW Network Operations. New subdomains must be approved by all of the following people:

  • Chair or head of the sponsoring department
  • Dean or Vice President of the sponsoring department
  • Vice President for UW Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Subdomains under “” or “” are intended to provide a “home” for names of individual computers belonging to a particular department. Thus, subdomain names are usually derived from academic or administrative department names, typically as abbreviations such as “phys” for physics or “geog” for geography, or as acronyms such as “gslis” for the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.

If this subdomain will be used to create a new Windows domain (Active Directory domain), then you should first review

Bolded titles indicate that the field is required.

Proposed Sub-domain Name (please suggest two possible names)

Please suggest two possible names, in the format, first preference first

Purpose of Sub-domain

What will this sub-domain be used for?

Sponsoring Department ?

Which UW department or unit is sponsoring this sub-domain and its use?

If the group proposing the subdomain is not the same as the general department, what is the relationship to the department?

Name of Department Head

Phone of the Department Head

Email Address of Department Head

Name of cognizant Dean or Vice President

Phone of Dean/VP

Email Address of Dean/VP

Subdomain Contact(s)

Subdomain Contact Name

Contact Phone

Contact Email

Contact UW NetID

Contact Mailstop

Alternative Contact (Optional)

Alternate Contact Name

Alternate Contact Phone

Alternate Contact Email

Alternate Contact UW NetID

Alternate Contact Mailstop

Name Control