Admissions

Welcome to Western!

Congratulations on your admission to Western! We look forward to welcoming you as one of the newest members of the Western family. Below is a guide to help you set yourself up for a successful transition to our campus community.

Enrollment Confirmation Fee

After you receive notice that you are admitted, you have until May 1 to secure your spot in our incoming class. To reserve your spot, you’ll need to confirm your enrollment and pay the non-refundable $280 confirmation fee. If you’re admitted after April 15, you’ll need to confirm within two weeks of being admitted. This one-time fee helps pay for new student orientation, advising, and academic support.

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.

What to Expect After You Confirm

After confirmation, you will receive important information about how to register for our freshman advising and orientation program, activate your Universal Account and Western email address, register for courses, and more.

Email and Mailing Address Changes

To ensure you receive our communications, 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.

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.

January 31 or Anytime: Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

If you haven’t done so already, submit the FAFSA or WASFA* to apply for financial aid. While Western’s priority deadline is January 31, it’s never too late to apply! Western’s school code for the FAFSA is 003802.

*Washington state residents ineligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status may apply for state financial aid by completing the WASFA.

Already Applied for Financial Aid?

Admitted fall freshmen are notified about financial aid on a rolling basis beginning mid-December. Financial aid offers for any fall freshman applicant who applied by the deadline will be sent out by the end of April. Western’s Financial Aid Department will send you information about how to access your financial aid status online within two weeks of admission.

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. 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 first-year scholarship offers for on-time fall freshman 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.

Anytime: Visit Campus

Visiting college campuses is the best way to decide if they're a good fit for you. We invite you to come experience campus for yourself. See why students love this place and choose to call Western home.

May 1: Apply for Housing

Living on campus is optional, yet 88% of freshmen do. That’s because residence halls are more than just places to sleep. They provide instant community, make it easy for students to familiarize themselves with campus, and are within minutes of their classes. Residential communities include quiet, substance-free, gender-inclusive, gender-neutral, Honors Program, international options, and more.

May 31–August 1: Tie Up Important Loose Ends

 

May 31: Activate Your Universal Account

A Universal Account is required to sign up for orientation, register for classes, and much more. You will receive instructions on how to set up your account after you confirm your enrollment.

June 15: Housing Deposit Due

Once you’ve received the message in MyHousing that your deposit is due, follow the payment instructions to make your deposit.

July 1: Submit Measles Documents

You will be unable to register for classes until you provide proof of measles immunity. Detailed instructions will be mailed after you confirm your enrollment.

July 15: Complete the Math Placement Assessment

The online ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) will need to be taken at least two weeks before your orientation session, and must be taken at least twice. Scores are needed to register for the majority of math courses at Western and serve as prerequisites for some courses in other departments. See the website for exemptions and frequently asked questions.

Late July: Sign Up for Orientation

Sign up for a two-day orientation session for new freshmen and their families. You  must sign up for one orientation session, at which you will receive advising and register for fall quarter classes. Sessions take place in August and September before classes begin.

August 1: Submit Transcripts and Test Scores

Make arrangements for your high school to submit an official final transcript (high school as well as college, if applicable) and any test scores for which you expect to receive college credit (AP, IB, Cambridge) as soon as they are available and no later than August 1. Transcripts must include your graduation date. Submit them to admissions.documents@wwu.edu.

September 22: Get Movin’

Countdown to Move-In Day

 

September 25: Fall Quarter Classes Begin!