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A complete application file consists of:
- Application for admission submitted by the application deadline;
- Non-refundable application fee;
- Official transcript from every college or university attended, even if you do not expect to transfer credit; and
- An essay (transfer students) or a statement of purpose (postbaccalaureate students). Exception: extension students submit materials specific to their program's requirement. Contact your extension program for those details.
Transfer students who have earned fewer than 45 quarter [30 semester] credits must also submit:
- Official high school transcript(s); and
- Official SAT or ACT test scores (required only if under 21 years of age).
It is important that you read all instructions as you complete the application for admission. It is your responsibility to be aware of all pertinent application requirements.
You will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks after Western receives your application. If you don't receive confirmation, contact the Office of Admissions.
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 your application. If you use 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 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 official transcripts from the appropriate institutions as defined below. A transcript is considered "official" if it bears the official seal and authorizing signature of the issuing institution 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 in the Office of Admissions, the transcript is not official.
We can serve you better - and faster! - if your official transcripts arrive as soon as possible after submitting your application.
Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Do not omit or exclude any institution, even if you do not expect to transfer credit. Students who have attended Washington State community colleges are encouraged to have their transcripts sent electronically. These transcripts will enable Admissions to process your application more efficiently and expedite the awarding of transfer credit.
High School Transcript
Transfer students who have earned fewer than 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits) must request a transcript from the last high school attended. If you attended more than one high school, it is recommended that you submit transcripts from all of them. If you have already graduated or have left high school, your high school transcript must show all course work completed.
Transfer students who are under the age of 21 and who have earned fewer than 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits) must submit official SAT or ACT test scores to the Office of Admissions. Test scores are official if they are:
- sent directly from the testing agency; or
- sent directly from the high school (handwritten scores are not acceptable).
Test scores sent directly from the testing agency will enable the Office of Admissions to process your application more quickly.
How To Order Test Scores
Scholastic Assessment Test (SATI)
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)
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243
Phone: (319) 337-1313
Website: ACT Records
WWU Institutional Code: 4490
To help the Admissions Office 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:
- If you apply online you will receive an acknowledgement email within an hour of successfully submitting the application and payment of the application fee.
- 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.
- You will be notified in writing of an admissions decision. While some students are notified earlier, the majority of decisions are made six weeks after the application deadline. Fall applicants who apply early may receive a decision as early as February and no later than mid-May. We appreciate your patience in this process to ensure every application is carefully reviewed.
- 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com.