First-year and Running Start applicants who complete their admission application by November 1 will be considered for Early Action, which guarantees an Admissions response by December 31 as well as expedited scholarship review and financial aid notification. Like all other admitted students, those admitted to Western via Early Action will have until May 1 to confirm their intent to enroll. Please note that financial aid files must be complete before final awards can be processed.  

International students completing an IHSC program concurrently with an associate degree program should apply as transfer students and submit their official community college transcripts. Students must have a transferable associate degree completed or in progress (including Associate in Arts DTA, Associate in Arts and Sciences DTA, Associate in Science – Transfer or MRP transfer degrees). IHSC applicants who are not completing their associate degree will be required to submit all secondary school transcripts with certified English translations if necessary.

If we are unable to interpret your academic credentials, we will notify you that it is necessary for you to provide a course-by-course evaluation of college credit from AACRAO or a NACES member credential evaluation service.

First-year applicants must submit official secondary school credentials with certified English translations when necessary.

Transfer and Postbaccalaureate applicants must submit official credentials from all postsecondary institutions attended, even if you do not expect to transfer credit. Transfer applicants with fewer than 45 transferable quarter (30 semester) credits must also submit official secondary school credentials with certified English translations when necessary.

Unless they are applying for conditional admission, international students for whom English is not the first language are required to submit a TOEFL (80 iBT or 550 paper-based) or IELTS score (minimum score of 6.5). The SAT/ACT is not required for international students, yet if you have taken either exam we encourage you to submit these optional scores as additional evidence of academic achievement.

The Admissions Committee considers many factors when making an admissions decision. Our comprehensive review process considers cumulative academic achievement, clarity of academic goals, completion of major prerequisites and related experiences, number of transfer credits and distribution of current students, contributions to and/or experiences with multiculturalism, special talent, personal circumstances, and space availability.

While your SAT or ACT scores are not the most important part of your application, they are taken into consideration along with other elements of your application such as your high school work – including the grades you earned and the courses you chose to take – and your essay and activities list.  All First-year and Running Start applicants are required to submit either ACT or SAT test scores as part of their application for admission.  We do not prefer one test over the other.

First-year student applicants may submit either an official or unofficial high school transcript at the time of application. In addition, applicants can upload an electronic copy of their transcript with the online application. Additional details about submitting transcripts are available in the application instructions.


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