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Running Start & Other Credit

Regardless of number of college credits earned while in high school, all students entering Western directly after high school graduation (excluding summer courses) are considered freshmen for admissions purposes. Freshmen entering with college credit are eligible for freshman scholarships and granted advanced standing and major course access when appropriate.

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College credit earned while in high school will be evaluated according to our general transfer guidelines. Western will grant up to a maximum of 45 credits for any combination of Advanced Placement, Prior Learning and Credit by Examination as detailed below.

Running Start and Other College Credit

College credit earned through the Running Start program in the state of Washington or any other college or university will be evaluated according to our general transfer guidelines. Western produces a list of all transferable courses, as well as general education and major preparation equivalencies, for each community college and public university in the state of Washington available on the web or by contacting the Office of Admissions.


Advanced Placement

Western grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three 3 or higher. Credits are granted upon receipt of official scores (AP Transcript) from the College Board according to the following equivalency chart. If you did not designate that Western receive a copy of your scores at the time of your examination(s), then you will need to order a copy to have sent directly to Western using either of these two methods:

  1. Complete the right half of your AP Grade Report and send it to the address below; or
  2. Send a letter with your name, sex, birth date, AP number, the year(s) you took the AP Exams, and the name, city, and state of the college(s) to receive your transcript.

Send your written request and a check made out to AP Exams ($15 for each transcript) to:

  • AP Services
  • PO Box 6671
  • Princeton, NJ 08541-6671

Western's AP code is #4947. To contact AP Services by phone, call (609) 771-7300.

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, credit awarded is considered elective, contributing to the total number of credits required for graduation (180 quarter credits). For more information on General University Requirements (GUR), see Western's GUR worksheet (PDF).

DepartmentSubject Examination Minimum ScoreWWU Courses - GUR
(# of credits)
ArtStudio Art: Drawing3Art electives
(4 credits)
Studio Art: 2D or 3D Design3Art electives
(4 credits)
Art History3Art electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
BiologyBiology3Biology 101, 102 - Lab Science GUR
(8 credits)
ChemistryChemistry3Chemistry 121, 122 - Lab Science GUR
(10 credits)
Computer ScienceComputer Science A/AB3Computer Science 141 - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(4 credits)
EconomicsMicroeconomics3Economics 206 - Social Science GUR
(4 credits)
Macroeconomics3Economics 207 - Social Science GUR
(4 credits)
EnglishEnglish Literature & Composition3English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
English Literature & Composition4 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits) and
English 101 Communication Block A waived
English Language & Composition3English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
English Language & Composition4 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits) and
English 101 Communication Block A waived
Environmental ScienceEnvironmental Science3 Environmental Science 101 - Non-Lab Science GUR
(3 credits)
GeographyHuman Geography3Environmental Studies 204 - Social Sciences GUR
(4 credits)
HistoryU.S. History3History 103, 104 - Humanities GUR
(10 credits)
European History3History 113 - Humanities GUR
(5 credits)
World History3History electives - Humanities GUR
(5 credits)
MathematicsCalculus AB or BC*3Math electives - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(5 credits)
Statistics3Math 240 - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(4 credits)
*Students may receive credit for either AB or BC, but not both unless recommended by Mathematics Department after placement
LanguagesLanguage or Literature exam in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish*3 101
(5 credits)
Same as above, minus Italian*4 101, 102
(10 credits)
Italian Language & Culture4 101 (5 credits) and
electives (5 credits)
*Students may receive credit for either language or literature, but not both
MusicMusic Theory 3 Music electives
(3 credits)
PhysicsPhysics B3 Physics 114 - Non-Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Physics C: Mechanics3Physics 161 - Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism3Physics 162 - Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Political ScienceU.S. Government & Politics3Political Science 250 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)
Comparative Government & Politics3Political Science 291 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)
PsychologyPsychology3Psychology 101 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)

International Baccalaureate

Western Washington University will grant credit for appropriate higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) subject examinations passed with a score of four (4) or above according to the chart below. A student may earn up to 15 credits per exam for a maximum of 45 total credits. Higher level subject exams may earn a student General University Requirement (GUR) credit or elective credit, according to the following chart. Not all subject exams earn credit. The departments of Art and Modern and Classical Language do not grant credit for IB exams, but may use the exam results for purposes of program placement and/or course waivers. Students who have passed higher level exams in subjects not listed on the chart will need to consult with the Registrar's Office, such exams will be considered on an individual basis to determine eligibility for elective or GUR credit.

To earn credit, students must have an official Transcript of Grades sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Western's Office of Admissions. Email transcripts.ibna@ibo.org and provide your name, birthdate or candidate reference number, high school, and the year the exams were taken, and ask that your scores be sent directly to Western's Office of Admissions.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
Subject Exam Score WWU Credits
Biology 4 or higher BIOL 101 - Lab Science (4 credits) and
BIOL elective (11 credits) Satisfies Natural Science GUR
Chemistry 4 or higher CHEM elective (15 credits)
Satisfies Natural Science GUR
Economics 4 or higher ECON elective (10 credits) Social Science GUR and
ECON elective (5 credits)
English 4 or higher ENG 101 - Communication Block A GUR (5 credits) and
ENG elective Humanities GUR (10 credits)
Geography 4 or higher ENVS elective (5 credits) Natural Science non-lab GUR and
ENVS elective (10 credits) Social Science GUR
History
The Americas
4 or higher HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block B GUR
History
European
4 or higher HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block A GUR
History
World
4 or higher HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block A GUR
Mathematics4 or higherMath elective (5 credits)
Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
Physics 4 or higher PHYS elective (15 credits)
Satisfies Natural Science GUR
Psychology 4 or higher PSY elective (5 credits) Social Science GUR

Cambridge International Exams

Western Washington University will grant up to 15 credits per A Level exam and up to 7.5 credits for AS Level exams with passing grades of A-E. A maximum of 45 credits total will be awarded. Official results must be sent directly from Cambridge International Examinations to the Office of Admissions for determination of transfer credit. Credit is awarded on a case by case basis; not all exams earn credit. Students should contact their high school for instructions on how to order official exam results.

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