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Admitted Student Information for Freshman

You're In. What's Next?

Being admitted to Western is the first step toward making your mark on the world as a part of the Western community. Congratulations! We've put together the list below to help you through your next steps to Western.

1. Finalize Your Decision

When you are ready to finalize your decision, you can easily accept or decline your offer of admission.

  • Accept your offer today and pay the non-refundable $250 Enrollment Confirmation Fee. Your confirmation isn't complete without it. We encourage you to submit your enrollment confirmation as soon as possible to receive information about course registration, orientation programs, and to activate your Universal Account and Western email address.
    1. Online: once you receive your admissions packet in the mail you can confirm and pay using our online payment system
    2. Mail: you can mail your check payment and the Enrollment Confirmation form you received in your admit packet (print a blank form)
    3. Can’t afford the $250 confirmation fee at this time? Don't worry. The fee can be postponed until your first tuition bill if you've demonstrated significant financial need on your FAFSA. To request to have your fee postponed, email with an explanation of your circumstances, along with your name and Western ID number.

  • Decline your offer online. If you do not intend to come to Western, please withdraw your offer so your enrollment space can be given to another student.

2. Get to Know Us Better

  • Facebook: Join the You're In! WWU New Students 2014 Facebook group and with your friends!
  • Visit campus: Western's ideal location and gorgeous campus is one of the biggest reasons students choose to attend Western, so come see for yourself! We offer a variety of ways to visit, including daily tours, information sessions, and Western Preview, our admitted fall freshmen open house on April 5, 2014. Directions to campus, hotel suggestions and information about Bellingham are on the website as well.
  • First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) offer freshmen a unique learning community their first quarter on campus. A group of 25 students enroll in three classes together – two larger general education courses and one small seminar. By connecting students with professors and campus resources, FIGs helps students feel more confident and supported in their first quarter. It is also a great way to make friends, enroll in popular courses and meet some of the best instructors! This special program also allows you to register early for FIGs courses, starting May 19. Visit the FIGs website for more information.
  • Viking Launch offers incoming freshmen a strong, focused start up to college life at Western. The program brings incoming freshmen to campus seven days early to beat the hustle and bustle of the fall move-in while preparing them for a successful Western experience. Participants will be immersed in Western life by completing a two-credit preparation course or thematic seminar, a community service learning project, college success workshops, recreation activities and more. Find out more at the Viking Launch website.
  • Refer to Western's website for specific departmental information or contact the campus operator at (360) 650-3000.
  • Check your email and postal mailbox regularly as you will receive information related to interests identified on your application for admission as well as other information about Western.

If the Admissions staff can be of assistance at any step of the way, feel free to contact us directly at or (360) 650-3440. We can help connect you to others on campus and also are available Monday through Friday, 12pm - 2pm for drop-in appointments (no advance arrangements are necessary).

3. Plan Your Finances

Western is nationally recognized for providing excellent education at an affordable cost, with Forbes, Kiplinger and Washington Monthly magazines ranking Western as a top value in education.

As you review estimated annual expenses, it is helpful to know that payment for tuition, fees, housing and meals is due at the start of each quarter. Also, remember that costs for transportation, books, supplies and personal expenses can be reduced depending on your lifestyle.

If you plan to apply for need-based financial aid, you need to submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Fortunately, you only have to file one FAFSA for all of the schools you're considering. The FAFSA4caster is a financial aid estimator that can tell you roughly what to expect for need-based financial aid. Go to now to apply for a PIN so you can get started with the online application when you're ready. And, be sure to include Western's Federal School Code on your FAFSA so we receive your results: 003802.

Western's Financial Aid Priority Deadline is February 15; applicants submitted after the priority deadline will receive full consideration as long as funds are available.

All first year scholarships and financial aid offers for on-time applicants will be sent out by the end of April.

Your application for admission also serves as your application for most of Western Washington University's scholarships. We encourage you to seek out external scholarship opportunities through your high school, community organizations and local businesses. You can also look at online scholarship search sites such as:

Many students help to cover college expenses by working on campus or in the Bellingham community. Refer to Western's Student Employment Center for related information.

4. Find a New Home

Living on campus can really enhance your overall college experience. More than 90% of Western's freshmen live on campus, so you should definitely consider doing so. Take virtual tours of our 16 residence halls and submit your housing application online by the priority deadline:

  • May 1 - Fall Quarter
  • December 1 - Winter Quarter
  • March 1 - Spring Quarter

Tip: Connect with potential roommates using WWU's MyRoommate, the You're In! WWU New Students 2014 Facebook Group, and the WWU On-Campus Housing Facebook page.

5. Prepare for Orientation & Registration

The New Student Services/Family Outreach Office hosts orientation sessions for new students before classes begin. Orientation programs include: orientation, academic advising, course registration, general interest sessions, and other seminars to get you prepared for Western. Fall Quarter: Summerstart is a 2-day orientation program for new Fall quarter freshmen that occurs every year in August; detailed information will be sent after the May 1 enrollment confirmation deadline. Winter and Spring Quarters: Orientation for Winter and Spring quarter freshmen occurs the day before classes begin; detailed information will be sent after you submit your enrollment confirmation fee.

The following list includes items you'll need to take care of before you get to campus:

  • Activate Universal Account: After you have confirmed your intent to enroll at Western, you will need to activate your Universal Account. This is especially important because you won't be able to make your Summerstart reservations or register for classes without it. Your Universal Account provides technology resources to enhance your academic experience, including the myWestern web portal and a web-based email account, on-campus computer labs, personal storage on network servers, wireless internet access and laptops available for check out. Students are required to check myWestern email regularly, as official university correspondence will be delivered to myWestern email accounts.
  • Measles Immunity: Proof of measles immunity is required for all students born after January 1, 1957. This document must be on file with the Student Health Center in order for you to register for courses. Detailed instructions will be provided after enrollment confirmation.
  • Math Placement Test: Take the Math Placement Test (MPT) in the spring during the Mathematics Testing Program when math skills are fresh and there is a discount on the testing fee. Students who live in or near Washington can take advantage of the testing program prior to attending orientation. Otherwise, be sure to take the MPT at Summerstart, Transitions or Fall Orientation. Believe us, waiting is take the MPT is not a good idea, so make your plans now! See MPT FAQs
  • Final Transcripts: Be sure to make arrangements for your high school to submit a final transcript, including your graduation date, as soon as it is available and no later than July 15.
  • College Credits: If you plan to receive college credit for AP, IB, or Cambridge International exams and/or college coursework completed during high school, refer to the information at the Running Start and other college credit website. It is your responsibility to insure that official scores and/or transcripts are received in the Office of Admissions by July 15. Every effort will be made to provide you a transfer credit evaluation prior to course registration.
  • Academic Planning: It is never too early to begin planning for your academic future and we encourage you to visit the Academic Advising Center as it includes information about the many academic resources available to Western students. You can view the General Course Catalog online as well.

6. Tie Up Loose Ends

  • Please let us know about email or mailing address changes as soon as possible by emailing Be sure to include your full name and Western ID number.
  • Western is a residential community where you don't need to have a car and using alternative methods of transportation is encouraged. Learn more about transportation options on campus:
    • Bicycles: Bicycles are the preferred form of transportation on campus and there are over 900 parking spaces within the academic core. All residence halls provide bicycle storage, and there is a student-run bike shop at Western's Outdoor Center that provides access to bike tools, bike repair, and bike parts and supplies. You can register your bicycle through University Police.
    • Bus Pass: Students taking 6 or more credits are allowed to use their student ID as a bus pass on the Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) system. Buses run regularly throughout campus, downtown and Whatcom County. Most students choose to take the bus over driving a car to get around town.
    • Parking Permits: While limited parking is available on campus, you can expect to pay about $275 for an academic year parking permit. See the Parking Services website for rates and permit information.
    • Zipcar: Western has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area, with discounted hourly rates for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Students who intend to access services provided by disAbility Resources need to make contact with them prior to enrollment to insure timely coordination of services.
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