What's Next?

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


1. Finalize Your Decision

Accepting Your Offer

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

Accept your offer 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. Confirmation deadlines vary by quarter and are outlined in your admission packet. Fall students need to submit no later than the May 1 national college decision deadline or within 2 weeks of being admitted, whichever is later. After confirming you will receive information about course registration, orientation programs, and to activate your Universal Account and Western email address.

  • Online: Once you receive your admissions packet in the mail you can confirm and pay using our online payment system.

  • Mail: You can mail your check payment and the Enrollment Confirmation Form you received in your admit packet.

  • Fee Waiver: If you can’t afford the $250 confirmation fee at this time, don't worry. While the fee can't be waived, it 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 admit@wwu.edu with an explanation of your circumstances, along with your name and Western ID number.

Declining Your Offer

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


 2. Get to Know Us Better

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat

  • Facebook: Join the You're In! WWU New Students 2016 Facebook group and get to know others who will be headed to Western in the fall.
  • Instagram: Western on Instagram
  • Twitter: @WWU on Twitter
  • Share the news! Spread the word using #wwubound.
  • See what campus and Bellingham are like through the eyes of our students on Snapchat! @wwuadmissions.

Visit campus

Western's ideal location between the mountains and the bay and gorgeous campus are a couple of the biggest reasons students choose to go to school here, so come see for yourself!

We offer a variety of ways to visit, including daily campus tours, weekly information sessions, and Western Preview, our admitted fall freshman open house in April.

First Year Interest Groups

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 FIG courses. 

Viking Launch

Viking Launch offers incoming freshmen a strong, focused start 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 one- or 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.

WOOT! Western Outdoor Orientation Trips

Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT!) provides incoming students with an incredible opportunity to connect with fellow freshmen, Western and the greater Bellingham community through week-long wilderness experiences. Students will get to backpack in the North Cascades, Chuckanut Mountain and beyond. Trips are led by trained upper-class students who serve as outdoor guides and mentors. WOOT! trips occur the week prior to regular move-in for new students. Space is limited; registration will begin in mid-May.

Find out more at the WOOT! website.

Watch the Mail

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.

Stay in Touch

If the Admissions staff can be of assistance at any step of the way, feel free to contact us directly at admit@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3440. We can help connect you to others on campus and also are available Monday through Friday from 12-2 p.m. 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 Kiplinger's Personal Finance 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.

Financial Aid

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 fafsa.gov 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 January 31. Applications 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’s scholarships. We encourage you to seek external scholarship opportunities through your high school, community organizations and local businesses. You can also look at online scholarship search sites such as:

Student Employment

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. While living on campus is a choice, more than 90% of Western freshmen do. Take virtual tours of our 16 residence halls and submit your housing application online by the priority deadline.

Tip: Connect with potential roommates using WWU's MyRoommate, the You're In! WWU New Students 2016 Facebook Group, and the WWU On-Campus Housing Facebook page.

Also, get excited about moving in by counting down the seconds to move-in day!


5. Prepare for Orientation and 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.

To Do Before Arriving on Campus

View your Countdown to Western Checklist

Keep track of your status in several important areas including your Summerstart reservation, receipt of final transcripts, measles clearance, housing assignment and more with your Countdown to Western checklist.

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

The majority of students who plan to take a math course at Western will need to take the Math Placement Test (MPT). If so, be sure to take the MPT at Summerstart or at the quarterly orientation program you attend.

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. To determine which items we have received in our office, including transcripts, please visit our Application Status website (due to high processing volume there may be a several week delay in posting of final transcripts).

College Credits

If you have earned college credit during high school — through AP or IB exams, College in the High School, Running Start or other college coursework — it is your responsibility to insure that official college transcripts and/or scores are sent to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible and no later than July 15. Your high school will not send this on your behalf, a special request must be made by you to your college and/or testing agency. A credit evaluation of your college coursework will be provided to you after you have confirmed your intent to enroll. Every effort will be made to provide you with an initial transfer credit evaluation prior to course registration. Your initial transfer credit evaluation will generally not include any college coursework completed spring quarter. To ensure you can register for classes that may have prerequisite requirements, you are advised to bring unofficial copies of your transcripts to Summerstart. Transfer credit information can be found on our website.

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

Campus Transportation Options

Western is a residential community where you don't need to have a car and using alternative methods of transportation is encouraged. There are a variety of transportation options at Western, including:

  • Bike: 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 six or more credits are allowed to use their student ID as a bus pass on the city bus 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.

  • Personal Vehicle: While limited parking is available on campus, you can expect to pay about $282 for an academic year parking permit. If you choose to bring a car, you must apply for a parking pass through Parking Services.

  • 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.

disAbility Resources

Students who intend to access services provided by disAbility Resources must contact the office prior to enrollment to insure timely coordination of services.

Email and Mailing Address Changes

Please let us know about email or mailing address changes as soon as possible by emailing admissions.evaluators@wwu.edu. Be sure to include your full name and Western ID number.