Admitted First-Year Guide

Winter Due Dates

Confirm Your Enrollment

October 15
Required
More Info

Once you finalize your decision to attend Western, a non-refundable $300 confirmation fee is required to secure your place in the incoming class. This one-time fee helps pay for new student orientation, advising, and academic support.

If you were admitted close to the confirmation deadline, you have three weeks from the date your offer letter was printed to confirm your enrollment.

Postpone Your Fee

If you have demonstrated significant financial need on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then you can postpone your fee until your first tuition bill. To request to have your fee postponed, email admissions@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 considered for another student.

Claim Your Universal Account

Before course registration
Required
More Info

Please claim your WWU Universal Computer Account as soon as possible. All you need to do is set a password.

If you have any questions about your account please visit the ATUS Help Desk website. For assistance, contact the ATUS Help Desk at (360) 650-3333 or helpdesk@wwu.edu.

Note: Official University correspondence will be sent to your WWU email address which is activated after you confirm your intent to enroll at Western. University assigned student email accounts are one of the official means of communication the university uses with all students. Students are responsible for all information sent to their university-assigned email account.

Submit Measles Documents

Before course registration
Required
More Info

To ensure the health and safety of all students at Western, proof of measles (rubeola) immunity is required.

Please note that two doses of the MMR (measles-rubeola) vaccine are required and you must submit proof before you will be allowed to register for classes or live in Western's residence halls. Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Student Health Center.

For questions, email student.health@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-4839 and leave a message (calls are returned daily on weekdays).

Sign Up for Advising & Orientation

When notified
Required
More Info

Advising & Orientation supports your transition to campus with a campus orientation, academic advising, and class registration program.

Contact Academic Departments

Before course registration
Strongly encouraged
More Info

If you believe you’re ready to declare a major at Western (e.g. if you have completed prerequisites for your intended academic program), you are encouraged to make contact with academic departments prior to course registration. Departmental advisors can provide information about major requirements and prerequisites and can grant permission to register for courses you may need. You must have a copy of your most recent transcript available whenever meeting with advisors.

Complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

Before course registration
Required (with some exceptions)
More Info

While not everyone needs to complete this assessment, most first-year students and many transfer students do. Scores from the online ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) are needed to register for the majority of math courses at Western and serve as prerequisites for some courses in other departments, such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education. The assessment must be taken twice. We recommend you complete both assessments at least two weeks before you attend orientation. You must first claim your Universal Account in order to access the MPA.

Some students do not need to take the MPA. More information about the MPA, including exceptions, proctoring options and FAQs, can be found on the MPA website. You should thoroughly read the FAQs before seeking advising.

Submit a Housing Application

November 30
Optional
More Info

Living on campus is optional, yet the majority of new students choose this option. All students are eligible to live in university residences. Residence halls are more than just places to sleep. They provide instant community, make it easy to familiarize yourself with campus, and are within minutes of classes. If you’re interested in living on campus, you’ll need to apply for housing by the housing deadline.

Residential communities include quiet, substance-free, gender-inclusive, gender-neutral, Honors Program, international options, and more. Check out the University Residences site for complete information about Western's residence halls, roommate options and housing rates, or apply for housing now. If you have questions, contact University Residences at (360) 650-6565 or housing@wwu.edu.

If you’re interested in living off-campus, the Off Campus Living site is a great resource for you.

Pay Your Housing Deposit (if you applied for campus housing)

December 15
Required
More Info

Housing applicants who have confirmed admission will be prompted in to pay the $200 housing deposit in the MyHousing Portal. Do not pay your deposit until you receive notice of deposit due; early payments will be returned.

Attend Advising & Orientation; Register for Classes

Various dates
Required
More Info

Advising & Orientation (A&O) supports your transition to campus with a campus orientation, academic advising, and class registration program.

Check MyHousing for Your Roommate Assignment  (if you applied for campus housing)

When notified
Optional
More Info

University Residences will post information about your room assignment in your MyHousing Portal. Be sure to touch base with your room/suite mates to get acquainted and discuss what each of you plans to bring for your room.

Submit Updated College Transcripts, and/or AP, IB or Cambridge International Test Scores

January 31
Required
More Info

All college transcripts and test scores included with your application for admission will be processed in time for initial course registration.

If you earned any college credit after submitting your application for admission, you must make arrangements to send all official college transcripts, AP, IB and Cambridge exam results to the Office of Admissions as soon as they available. Official final transcripts (with degree posted, if applicable) must be received by the deadline to avoid having a future course registration hold placed on your account. Official documents should be sent to admissions.documents@wwu.edu.   

Submit Your Financial Aid Application

January 31
Strongly encouraged
More Info

Financial aid is available to help meet the costs of tuition, books, educational supplies, housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. 

To be considered for financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) which become available each year on October 1. Your FAFSA or WASFA must be submitted by January 31 (Western’s priority filing date) to be considered for the most favorable financial aid. Washington state residents ineligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status may apply for state financial aid by completing the WASFA.

Fall Due Dates

Confirm Your Enrollment

May 1
Required
More Info

Once you finalize your decision to attend Western, a non-refundable $300 confirmation fee is required to secure your place in the incoming class. This one-time fee helps pay for new student orientation, advising, and academic support.

If you were admitted close to the confirmation deadline, you have three weeks from the date your offer letter was printed to confirm your enrollment.

Postpone Your Fee

If you have demonstrated significant financial need on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then you can postpone your fee until your first tuition bill. To request to have your fee postponed, email admissions@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 considered for another student.

Submit Your Financial Aid Application

January 31
Strongly encouraged
More Info

Financial aid is available to help meet the costs of tuition, books, educational supplies, housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. 

To be considered for financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) which become available each year on October 1. Your FAFSA or WASFA must be submitted by January 31 (Western’s priority filing date) to be considered for the most favorable financial aid. Washington state residents ineligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status may apply for state financial aid by completing the WASFA.

Claim Your Universal Account

Before course registration
Required
More Info

Please claim your WWU Universal Computer Account as soon as possible. All you need to do is set a password.

If you have any questions about your account please visit the ATUS Help Desk website. For assistance, contact the ATUS Help Desk at (360) 650-3333 or helpdesk@wwu.edu.

Note: Official University correspondence will be sent to your WWU email address which is activated after you confirm your intent to enroll at Western. University assigned student email accounts are one of the official means of communication the university uses with all students. Students are responsible for all information sent to their university-assigned email account.

Submit a Housing Application

May 1
Optional
More Info

Living on campus is optional, yet the majority of new students choose this option. All students are eligible to live in university residences. Residence halls are more than just places to sleep. They provide instant community, make it easy to familiarize yourself with campus, and are within minutes of classes. If you’re interested in living on campus, you’ll need to apply for housing by the housing deadline.

Residential communities include quiet, substance-free, gender-inclusive, gender-neutral, Honors Program, international options, and more. Check out the University Residences site for complete information about Western's residence halls, roommate options and housing rates, or apply for housing now. If you have questions, contact University Residences at (360) 650-6565 or housing@wwu.edu.

If you’re interested in living off-campus, the Off Campus Living site is a great resource for you.

Sign Up for Advising & Orientation

When notified
Required
More Info

Advising & Orientation supports your transition to campus with a campus orientation, academic advising, and class registration program.

Contact Academic Departments

Before course registration
Strongly encouraged
More Info

If you believe you’re ready to declare a major at Western (e.g. if you have completed prerequisites for your intended academic program), you are encouraged to make contact with academic departments prior to course registration. Departmental advisors can provide information about major requirements and prerequisites and can grant permission to register for courses you may need. You must have a copy of your most recent transcript available whenever meeting with advisors.

Pay Your Housing Deposit (if you applied for campus housing)

July 1
Required
More Info

Housing applicants who have confirmed admission will be prompted in to pay the $200 housing deposit in the MyHousing Portal. Do not pay your deposit until you receive notice of deposit due; early payments will be returned.

Check MyHousing for Your Roommate Assignment  (if you applied for campus housing)

When notified
Optional
More Info

University Residences will post information about your room assignment in your MyHousing Portal. Be sure to touch base with your room/suite mates to get acquainted and discuss what each of you plans to bring for your room.

Submit Updated College Transcripts, and/or AP, IB or Cambridge International Test Scores

July 15
Required
More Info

All college transcripts and test scores included with your application for admission will be processed in time for initial course registration.

If you earned any college credit after submitting your application for admission, you must make arrangements to send all official college transcripts, AP, IB and Cambridge exam results to the Office of Admissions as soon as they available. Official final transcripts (with degree posted, if applicable) must be received by the deadline to avoid having a future course registration hold placed on your account. Official documents should be sent to admissions.documents@wwu.edu.   

Submit Measles Documents

Before course registration
Required
More Info

To ensure the health and safety of all students at Western, proof of measles (rubeola) immunity is required.

Please note that two doses of the MMR (measles-rubeola) vaccine are required and you must submit proof before you will be allowed to register for classes or live in Western's residence halls. Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Student Health Center.

For questions, email student.health@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-4839 and leave a message (calls are returned daily on weekdays).

Complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

Before course registration
Required (with some exceptions)
More Info

While not everyone needs to complete this assessment, most first-year students and many transfer students do. Scores from the online ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) are needed to register for the majority of math courses at Western and serve as prerequisites for some courses in other departments, such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education. The assessment must be taken twice. We recommend you complete both assessments at least two weeks before you attend orientation. You must first claim your Universal Account in order to access the MPA.

Some students do not need to take the MPA. More information about the MPA, including exceptions, proctoring options and FAQs, can be found on the MPA website. You should thoroughly read the FAQs before seeking advising.

Submit Final High School Transcript

August 1
Required
More Info

Submit your official final transcript (with your diploma posted) by the deadline. Official transcripts should be sent directly by your high school to admissions.documents@wwu.edu.

Attend Advising & Orientation; Register for Classes

Various dates
Required
More Info

Advising & Orientation (A&O) supports your transition to campus with a campus orientation, academic advising, and class registration program.

Prepare for Academic Success

Keep Up Your Good Work

Enrollment is contingent upon your continued academic success, including completion of any conditions specified in your offer of admission, satisfactory completion of all attempted coursework not currently on file, and receipt of official final transcripts.

Plan for Your Major

Because you may need permission to register for courses that require prerequisites, major or pre-major declaration, etc., you 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, at catalog.wwu.edu. We also encourage you to visit the Academic Advising Center as it includes information about the many academic resources available to Western students.
 

Transfer Equivalency Report

If you have earned credit through an official college transcript or test scores from AP, IB or Cambridge, you will receive instructions on how to obtain your official Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) via email after confirming your enrollment to Western, and prior to registration, when possible. The TER provides information about the number of credits that have been accepted in transfer and details the courses that transfer to Western as well as their Western course equivalent. If you are currently enrolled in courses, you should plan to send an updated official transcript to the Office of Admissions as soon as grades are posted.
 

Planning Your Finances

Residency Info

Check your residency status. Your residency status is noted in your acceptance letter. Becoming a Washington resident after enrollment is extremely difficult, so be sure this classification is correct. If you have questions, contact the Office of Admissions to request a reclassification questionnaire. Residency information is available at admissions.wwu.edu/residency.

Tuition and Fees

As you review estimated annual expenses, it may be helpful to know that payment for tuition, fees, housing, and meals is charged quarterly and due at the beginning of each quarter. Monthly payment plans are available as well. Also, remember that costs for transportation, books, supplies, and personal expenses are flexible and can be reduced depending on your lifestyle choices.

Scholarships

Your application for admission also serves as your application for most scholarships at Western. All scholarship offers for on-time first-year fall applicants will be sent out by the end of April.

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

All students are invited to apply for campus jobs, where they are recognized as students first and employees second. Most campus jobs are conveniently located near classes and provide outstanding opportunities for professional development and a built-in network of support. If you need help finding work, Western’s Student Employment Center can help — it’s a free resource that connects students with on- and off-campus jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date

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.  

Resources

You’ll find academic contacts in the programs of study available at admissions.wwu.edu/catalog. Here are a few other numbers that might come in handy as you’re getting to know Western. It’s okay to call!

Academic Advising Center

advising@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3850 

Campus Operator

(360) 650-3000 

Career Services Center

careers@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3240 

Disability Access Center

disability.wwu.edu
(360) 650-3083 (voice)
(360) 255-7175 (VP)

Financial Aid Office

financialaid@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3470 

New Student Services/Family Outreach

nssfo@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3846 

Registrar's Office

registrar.office@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3430 

Scholarship Center

scholarshipcenter@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3471 

Student Employment

finaid.wwu.edu/studentjobs
(360) 650-3158

Veteran Services

veterans.affairs@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3324
 

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