COVID-19 Admissions Information

With everything happening right now, we 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that the below FAQs are specifically related to visit programs, admission, and enrollment. Additional FAQs for other departments can be found elsewhere, including:

Admissions Staff and Operations

Yes! Admissions staff are here and available to answer your questions! Our office is open to visitors Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, or reach us via phone or email at 360-650-3440 and admissions@wwu.edu. 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 available to help you with any questions or problems you may have and can connect with you in-office or virtually Monday through Friday during the business hours of 8am - 5pm. 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.

Admitted Students

While Western's $300 confirmation fee is usually non-refundable at Western, it was refundable through June 15 for fall 2020 term. Currently, special circumstances and/or cases of hardship are being considered on an individual basis (email inquiries to admissions.counselors@wwu.edu).

Get the latest information on Western’s implementation of the vaccine mandate for the fall 2021 term.

Campus Visits and College Fairs

You can explore our virtual options on our Visits webpage, and feel free to schedule a video chat with an Admissions Counselor at any time.

Yes - in-person tours are back on campus! You can visit our Campus Visit webpage to schedule an in-person tour, as well as view our other visit options. We will continue to host virtual visit opportunities for students, and beginning Fall Quarter 2021 will host in-person information sessions on campus as part of the weekday campus tour.

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

You are strongly advised not to come to campus unless you are registered for an official tour or other program to help 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.

SAT/ACT Scores

Western’s application process is test optional. You are not required to submit test scores to apply for admission. If you choose to submit scores, we will consider them as part of our holistic review process of all application material. Material we review includes your transcripts, activities resume, essay, and personal statements.

Your application for admission will receive full consideration for Admissions and merit scholarships, independent of whether we have a test score on file for you.

If test scores have been sent to us, but you prefer that they not be considered in our holistic review, please email admissions@wwu.edu with your request.

Honors College and Woodring College of Education Applicants

Do you plan to apply to Western's Honors College, or are you interested in the Woodring College of Education? If so, please know that test scores will be considered as part of those programs’ review processes.

Submitting Scores

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing service or reported on an official high school transcript. If you take the SAT more than once, we will superscore the results. That means we will take the highest score from each section and combine those high scores into the highest composite score possible. We only consider the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections of the SAT. Western does not superscore results from the ACT. 

ACT
Phone: (319) 337-1313
Website: ACT Records
WWU Institutional Code: 4490

SAT
Phone: (866) 756-7346
Website: College Board 
WWU Institutional Code: 4947

Yes.

Grades

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

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.

AP/IB/Cambridge Credits

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

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.

Although exams have been cancelled, Cambridge will continue to award certificates using other assessment methods. Western will award the same credit for A and AS-level exams regardless of how grades are assessed, once official results are received. Please review our policy for additional details.