Admitted International 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 after October 1, you will need to confirm your enrollment within three weeks after your offer letter was printed.

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 International Advising & Orientation

Before course registration
Required
More Info

After you confirm your enrollment, International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) will send you information about orientation, registration for classes, immunization requirements, health insurance, etc. The International Student Orientation is mandatory; therefore, please plan accordingly if you are relocating. Please contact ISSS at isss@wwu.edu if you have questions about orientation.

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

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.

Course Registration Begins

See registration schedule
Required
More Info

Transfer and post-baccalaureate students register at the same time as continuing students, according to registration schedule provided by the Registrar’s Office

First-year students who begin winter or spring quarter register during Advising & Orientation, which occurs the day before classes begin.

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.

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.   

Fall Due Dates

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.

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 after October 1, you will need to confirm your enrollment within three weeks after your offer letter was printed.

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 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 International Advising & Orientation

Before course registration
Required
More Info

After you confirm your enrollment, International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) will send you information about orientation, registration for classes, immunization requirements, health insurance, etc. The International Student Orientation is mandatory; therefore, please plan accordingly if you are relocating. Please contact ISSS at isss@wwu.edu if you have questions about orientation.

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

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.

Course Registration Begins

TBD
Required
More Info

Incoming students register during an orientation session.

  • First-year students register and receive advising during Fall Advising & Orientation.
  • Transfer and post-baccalaureate students register and receive advising during the Transitions orientation and advising program.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.
 

Planning Your Finances

Financial Responsibility

International students must assume all responsibility for student expenses. Proof of sufficient funds is required for the visa application process to gain entrance to the United States. These funds must be available from sources other than potential employment. Acceptable evidence may take the form of notarized bank statements in U.S. funds in the student's name, a scholastic award letter from a foundation, agency, government, industry, etc., or a notarized letter from an individual sponsor indicating willingness to provide support for the specified amount and accompanied by a verified bank statement.

Please note: all financial evidence you submit to Western will also be required when you apply for your student visa; therefore, you are encouraged to secure duplicate documents.

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

Western offers a variety of scholarships for new and continuing international students, including the International Achievement Award for first-year and transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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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