Admitted Student Checklist, Transfer

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 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.

  • 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.

If you are an Extended Education student, you will receive advising about your confirmation procedures and are not required to pay the $250 enrollment confirmation fee.

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  

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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 and information sessions.


Extended Education students are encouraged to become familiar with our satellite locations and resources in Anacortes, Bremerton, Everett, Port Angeles, Poulsbo, Seattle, and Tacoma. Site staff will contact you directly regarding advising and orientation.

Contact Academic Departments

Refer to Western's website for specific departmental information or contact the campus operator at (360) 650-3000.

Explore Campus Events

Explore extracurricular activities and events happening on campus through the Associated Students (AS) 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 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.

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 February 15. 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.

Scholarships

While additional scholarship opportunities are available to students once they have declared their major at Western, your application for admission will serve as your application for some of Western Washington University's scholarships. We encourage you to seek out external scholarship opportunities through your current college, 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. More than one-quarter of Western's new transfer students live on Western's beautiful Bellingham campus, and you should definitely consider doing so. 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 2015 Facebook Group, and the WWU On-Campus Housing Facebook page. Also, the Off Campus Living site is available for those looking for additional housing options.

 

5. Prepare for Orientation and Registration 

The New Student Services/Family Outreach Office hosts orientation sessions for new students before classes begin. Detailed information about our transfer advising and orientation program will be sent to you after the enrollment confirmation deadline.

Fall Quarter

Transitions is our orientation program for new fall quarter transfer and post-baccalaureate students that occurs every year in July. Detailed information will be sent after the May 1 enrollment confirmation deadline.

Winter, Spring and Summer Quarters

Orientation and registration dates for winter, spring and summer quarters vary by quarter. Detailed information will be sent after you submit your enrollment confirmation fee.

To Do Before Arriving on 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 orientation program 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.

Planning for your Major

Because you may need permission to register for courses that require prerequisites, major or pre-major declaration, etc., transfer students are encouraged to contact academic departments prior to course registration. You can view our Programs of Study, which include contact information for each academic department, in the University Catalog. We also encourage you to visit the Academic Advising Center website as it includes information about the many academic resources available to Western students.

Final Transcripts

Be sure to make arrangements for your college to submit a final transcript, with your degree posted if applicable, as soon as it is available and no later than:

  • July 15 – Fall & Summer Quarters

  • January 31 – Winter Quarter

  • April 30 – Spring Quarter

It is your responsibility to insure that official college transcripts are received in the Office of Admissions by the deadlines above. A credit evaluation of your college coursework will be provided to you after you have confirmed your intent to enroll and Western has received your official final transcripts. Every effort will be made to provide you with an initial transfer credit evaluation prior to course registration. For students entering summer or fall quarter, 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 Transitions. Transfer credit information can be found on our website.

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 Transitions or orientation.

 

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 $275 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.