Guide for Admitted Transfer Students
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.
Confirm Your Enrollment
You have successfully completed the first and biggest step in becoming a Western student—welcome! You have a lot to look forward to here. Your next step to joining our community is to confirm your enrollment.
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 $280 enrollment confirmation fee – your confirmation isn't complete without it. This one-time fee helps pay for new student orientation, advising, and academic support. We encourage you to submit your enrollment confirmation as soon as possible to receive information about course registration, orientation programs, and to activate your Western email address.
Once you receive your admissions packet in the mail you can confirm and pay using our online payment system.
If you can’t afford the $280 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 email@example.com with an explanation of your circumstances, along with your name and Western ID number.
If you are admitted to an Outreach and Continuing Education supported location program, you will receive advising about your confirmation procedures and are not required to pay the $280 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 considered for another student.
2. Get to Know Us Better
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat
- Facebook: Join the You're In! WWU New Students 2020 Facebook group and get to know other new students who will be headed to Western.
- 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
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.
Students interested in attending one of our Outreach and Continuing Education supported location programs are encouraged to connect with program staff in the Bremerton, Everett, Port Angeles, Poulsbo, and Distance Learning programs. Location program 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 650-3440. We can help connect you to others on campus and also are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 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.
If you plan to apply for 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 studentaid.gov now to apply for a PIN so you can get started with the FAFSA 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.
Financial aid offers for new students who meet our application deadlines are sent out on a rolling basis through the end of April.
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:
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 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. Find a new home and submit your housing application online by the priority deadline.
Tip: Connect with potential roommates using WWU's MyRoommate, the WWU New Students 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.
Transitions, our advising, orientation and registration program for new fall quarter transfer and post-baccalaureate students, occurs in late July. Detailed information will be sent to confirmed students after May 1.
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
View your Countdown to Western Checklist
Keep track of your status in several important areas including your Transitions reservation, receipt of final transcripts, measles clearance, housing assignment and more with your Countdown to Western checklist.
Activate Your 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.
Plan 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 as it includes information about the many academic resources available to Western students.
Send Updated and 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:
- Fall & Summer Quarters: July 15 *
- Winter Quarter: January 31
- Spring Quarter: April 30
* Because we include all coursework received by June 1 in your initial credit evaluation, we encourage students who are admitted for summer and fall quarters to send updated official transcripts that include winter quarter/spring semester grades as soon as they are available.
It is your responsibility to insure that official college transcripts are received in the Office of Admissions by the deadlines above. 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). 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. 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 your orientation program. Transfer credit information can be found on our Transfer Credit Policies page.
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.
Most students who plan to register for a math course at Western, including transfer students, must first take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) online. The MPA also serves as a prerequisite for some courses in other departments such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education. Students must first activate their Universal Account in order to access ALEKS. Students will need to take the ALEKS assessment at least once as a proctored exam so as to assure the most accurate placement assessment. Western will email you instructions on how to initiate the ALEKS as an online and proctored assessment in early May.
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: The student ID card works as a bus pass on all Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) routes. Buses run regularly through 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 Access Center
The Disability Access Center (DAC) serves students who have a wide variety of disabilities. The DAC provides prospective and admitted Western students an equal opportunity to access all aspects of University life through services and programs designed to foster intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development. They partner with over 1,500 students a year. Students who intend to access services provided by the Disability Access Center 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 email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and Western ID number.