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.

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 for campus housing and dining, financial aid, orientation, and university operations

Admissions Staff and Operations

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.

Campus Visits and College Fairs

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.

We hope to resume campus visits in the fall, and will notify students as soon as visit dates become available. The Office of Admissions will update the Campus Visit webpage with the latest visit information. You can sign up now to get notified when campus visits resume.

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 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.

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 Program and Woodring College of Education Applicants

Do you plan to apply to Western's Honors Program, 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.

Housing & Dining

Enrollment Confirmation

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).