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Application Instructions

Complete Application File

A complete application file consists of:

It is important that you also read the instructions as you complete the admission application form. It is your responsibility to be aware of all pertinent application requirements.


After we receive your application for admission, you will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks. If you don't receive confirmation, contact the Office of Admissions.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $55 application fee is required with your application. When you apply online, you will be asked to submit, over a secure connection, a credit card, debit card, or electronic check to complete the application. If you submit a paper application, your application fee must be in the form of a check or money order, payable to "Western Washington University". Please include your full name and birth date on your check.

If you are requesting a fee waiver due to extreme financial need, or you have been approved for a fee waiver through SAT, ACT, etc., you need to request a fee waiver. If you apply online you will have the option to request a fee waiver at the time you submit your application. If you apply on paper be sure to include a detailed written request for a fee waiver or include a copy of your approved fee waiver form. Please note: Fee waivers are rarely granted when 1) an applicant has already received a fee waiver, 2) an applicant is not a resident of Washington State, or 3) an application is received after the application deadline. To ensure timely processing, students who plan to request an application fee waiver should submit their application well in advance of the application deadline.


Applicants are responsible for requesting transcripts from the appropriate institutions as defined below. If an official transcript is requested, that transcript will be considered "official" if it bears the official seal and authorizing signature of the issuing institution, includes your cumulative GPA, and is:

  • sent directly by the school to the Office of Admissions or
  • sealed by the school and mailed or delivered to the Office of Admissions by you. If the envelope has been opened before it arrives here, the transcript is not official.

High School Transcript

A high school transcript* from the last school attended is a required part of the application process. For the application review, you may submit either an official or unofficial transcript. If you are still in high school, you need to submit a transcript for each term of grades 9-11. If you have already graduated, you need to submit a transcript for grades 9-12 that includes your graduation date. Note: if you attended more than one high school, verify that grades from each high school are listed on the transcript you submit to us; otherwise, you will need to submit a transcript from each high school. There are 2 ways you can submit your transcript with your application:

  1. Online: you may upload an electronic version of your transcript with your online application; this transcript should include your cumulative GPA. The only way to submit an electronic transcript is by attaching it with the online application. By choosing this option, you do not need to request your high school send us a copy. Note: you will only be able to attach one transcript with your online application.
  2. Sent from your high school: request your high school send a transcript to the Office of Admissions. We will accept transcripts mailed by your high school, or via the Naviance/Parchment e-transcript system. You can choose this option even if you apply online.

Official High School Transcript: Your official high school transcript* will be required after admission.

*A high school transcript includes: high school transcript, homeschool transcript, G.E.D. score, or a diploma earned through a Washington community college.

College Credit: College Transcripts & AP/IB Scores

Official college transcripts and AP/IB scores are required for college credit to be granted. Running Start students who have completed college credit are encouraged to request an electronic college transcript be sent from the community college at the time of application, in addition to a high school transcript. These transcripts will enable Admissions to process your application more efficiently and expedite the awarding of transfer credit.

Test Scores

An official SAT or ACT score is a required part of the application for all freshman applicants, including Running Start students, regardless of the number of college credits earned. Test scores are official if they are:

  • sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Admisisons, or
  • sent directly from the high school (handwritten scores are not acceptable).

Arrange to have test scores sent directly from the testing agency or your high school guidance office. Requesting to have scores sent directly from the testing agency will expedite the processing of your application. To be received on time, you should take the test at least 6 weeks prior to the application deadline.

How To Order Test Scores

Scholastic Assessment Test (SATI)
College Board/SAT
Box 6201
Princeton, NJ 08541-6201
Phone: (609) 771-7600 -- TDD 609.882.4118
FAX: (609) 771-7681
Website: College Board
WWU Institutional Code: 4947
American College Test (ACT)
ACT Records
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243
Phone: (319) 337-1313
Website: ACT Records
WWU Institutional Code: 4490

Submit Your Application Documents

To help the Office of Admissions match up your documents, we recommend that you include your full name and birth date on all materials mailed separately from your application.

Mail all application materials to:

Western Washington University
Office of Admissions
Old Main 200, MS 9009
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

What to expect after applying:

  1. If you apply online you will receive an acknowledgement email within an hour of successfully submitting the application and payment of the application fee.
  2. You will receive an email within two weeks after we receive your application. This email will include your student number (Western ID) and instructions on how to check your application status online using the Application Status website. This website will list the items we've received, as well as any missing items needed to make your application complete. This website will not display your decision.
  3. You will be notified in writing of an admissions decision. While some students are notified earlier, the majority of decisions are made after the application deadline. Fall applicants who apply early may receive a decision as early as November and no later than April, while Winter and Spring applicants should receive a decision 4-6 weeks after the deadline. We appreciate your patience in this process to ensure every application is carefully reviewed.

Apply for Financial Aid
  • Application: FAFSA
  • Financial Aid application priority deadline: February 15
  • Western's Federal School Code: 003802

For more information about Financial Aid at Western, visit the Financial Aid website or contact their office directly at (360) 650-3470.

Disability Accommodation

Western Washington University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact disAbility Resources for Students (360) 650-3083 (voice) or (360) 650-7175 (VP, One week advance notice is appreciated. To request application materials in an alternate format, please contact the Associate Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions, 360.650.3440,

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