COVID-19 Admissions Information

We know you can't visit us in person right now, and want to make it easy to navigate your way through Western's offerings and processes.

In consideration of the disruptions and confusion caused by COVID-19, we've put this page together to help. If you can't find the information you're looking for here, please don't hesitate to reach out.

WWU President's Announcement on Fall Quarter

Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduate Admissions

In an effort to practice social distancing, a proactive and community-minded response to slowing the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Admissions is unable to meet with in-person visitors at this time. However, Admissions staff are still available to answer your questions! Reach us Monday through Friday at 360-650-3440 and admissions@wwu.edu, or feel free to schedule a video chat with an Admissions Counselor at any time. We'd love to hear from you! We also encourage you to reach out to your territory admissions counselor directly.

The Office of Admissions will keep the Admissions visit website up to date with the latest scheduling information. Major impacts to campus operations are also posted on the Admissions website and the WWU home page.

Yes! Our staff are still available to help you with any questions or problems you may have. Staff may not be on site at this time, but are working remotely on a regular schedule. Reach us Monday through Friday at 360-650-3440 and admissions@wwu.edu, or feel free to schedule a video chat with an Admissions Counselor at any time. We'd love to hear from you! We also encourage you to reach out to your territory admissions counselor directly.

You can learn more about steps the university is taking and follow updates on the Western Coronavirus Information page.

Admitted Students

We have moved our fall quarter enrollment confirmation priority date from May 1 to June 1. We are committed to working with every student and family that needs additional time.

Please note that the enrollment confirmation date is not a deadline at Western; it is a priority processing date for us to begin working with students and families on important next steps in the transition to college, such as awarding of financial aid, scheduling an orientation, advising and registration appointment, and finalizing on-campus housing preferences.

We will continue to welcome enrollment confirmations received after June 1. If you were awarded a scholarship by the Office of Admissions, your scholarship will not be affected by confirming after May 1.

While Western's $280 confirmation fee is usually non-refundable at Western, it will be refundable through June 15. 

Western's University Residences priority application deadline for fall was moved back from May 1 to June 1.

New first-year and transfer students entering Western during fall quarter 2020 will be offered academic advising and campus orientation through personalized online advising sessions and virtual events. Learn more.

While there is still much contingency planning underway, our current expectation is that fall quarter will start in person as scheduled on September 23 with a hybrid approach that allows for a mix of online and in-person classes. This approach may include moving large lecture sections online together with smaller in-person seminars; moving small and medium-sized classes to larger lecture halls to ensure safe social distancing; and spreading classes across days and times with staggered end times to reduce class size and ensure safe social distancing. All students will have the option of taking any class online instead of in person if they choose. An academic planning committee is at work on recommendations, and we expect to issue more detailed guidance as soon as possible. 

Our fall plans will comply with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington phased approach for reopening businesses, and it will be informed by guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and the Whatcom County Health Department.  

Paramount in all of our considerations is to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and that means providing flexibility and support for those who may need to continue to work and study remotely.  Students will have online access to all in-person classes, and all faculty members will have the option to teach fully online. Importantly, these contingency plans will also allow us to pivot to fully online should infection and hospitalization rates spike again in the fall. 

We understand that sometimes you need a little help paying your tuition bill. Beginning this fall term, Western will offer a monthly tuition payment plan. Payment plans offer convenient, manageable ways to pay your tuition in monthly installments, rather than a single, larger lump-sum payment. On Western's Student Business Office website, more details will be provided regarding how payment plans can assist you in paying your college expenses.

Our Admitted Student Day program was held virtually on April 17. You can view the recording and explore virtual resources tailored for admitted students on our website. Our hope is to resume campus visit programs by mid June, but this may shift based on guidance regarding COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep our campus community healthy!

If a school or district changes the grading to Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit, this will not affect your admission to Western, nor will it have a negative impact on scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions.

We applaud students for taking advanced courses and appreciate the hard work students have put into their coursework and exam preparation. With one exception, Western will award the same credit for AP exams taken in 2020 as in previous years.* Please review our AP Credit Table for exam-specific details about credit awarding and course placement.

* BC Calculus has slight modifications because it lacks an AB subscore

Western will not convert “Pass” or “Credit” to a letter grade, nor will we use it to calculate it into the grade point average.

We recognize the hard work students have put into their IB courses and in preparing for the IB diploma. Although exams have been cancelled, IBO will continue to award diplomas, certificates and numerical grades at the subject level. Western will award the same credit for IB in 2020 as in previous years based on the official Transcript of Grades provided by IBO. Please review our IB Credit Table for exam-specific details.

Future or Current Applicants

Yes, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we are waiving the test score requirement in response to testing day cancellations. Please reach out to us if you have specific questions about your circumstance or situation.

Western will not require test scores for students applying for 2021 (winter, spring, or fall), but will consider them if submitted. No decisions on test score requirements have yet been made for future terms (e.g. 2022 and beyond)

If a school or district changes the grading to Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit this will not affect your admission to Western, nor will it have a negative impact on scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions. We will continue to work with district and school representatives to determine when the change in grading policy took place, and how that information will be featured on transcripts at the time they are submitted with applications for admission.

Western will not convert “Pass” or “Credit” to a letter grade, nor will we use it to calculate it into the grade point average.

Campus Visits and College Fairs

All on-campus events are currently suspended. We encourage you to visit our Virtual Tours and Connections page for currently available options, and check back often regarding resumption of our on-campus visit programs. Our hope is to resume campus visit programs by early to mid May, but this may shift based on guidance regarding COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep our campus community healthy!

Yes. Western has suspended all of our travel to college fairs and high schools through the spring.

Yes! You can explore our Virtual Tours and Connections page, and feel free to schedule a video chat with an Admissions Counselor at any time.

On-campus events have not been rescheduled at this time, but discussions are ongoing. Our Admitted Student Day program for admitted students has been moved to a virtual format.

You are strongly advised not to come to campus to help us ensure the safety of our campus community and of you. Please consider one of our virtual options instead. Western's campus is currently open to the public, however many buildings and offices are closed to the public in an effort to practice social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. You can view the latest campus updates, including building closures here.