First-Year & Running Start

Who should use this application?

Regardless of the number of college credits earned while in high school, you are considered a first-year student for admission and scholarship purposes as long as you have not enrolled in college course work after high school or GED completion.

Application deadlines

Fall Quarter (Early Action)
November 1
Fall Quarter (Regular Decision)
January 31
Winter Quarter
September 15
Spring Quarter
January 1

Students can choose to apply by Western’s Early Action Deadline or by the Regular Decision Deadline:

  • Early Action Deadline: Students who complete their application for admission and scholarships by November 1 are guaranteed an Admissions response by December 31 as well as expedited scholarship review and financial aid notification if they are admitted. Students admitted to Western via Early Action still have until May 1 to confirm their intent to enroll.
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 31 is the last day to submit your application for admission and scholarships to Western before it’s marked late. On-time applicants get full consideration for Western's merit scholarships. January 31 is also the priority deadline for filing the FAFSA.

Please note that housing priority is based on when you submit your first-year student application for admission. 

Portrait of Western Student Alysa on campus.
Redmond, Washington
I recommend that prospective students be proactive about starting their application process to avoid senioritis and the stress of encroaching deadlines!

Application checklist

Please review the complete application instructions before you submit your application. A complete application includes:

  • The First-Year Application for Admission and Scholarships, including essay and activities list
  • $60 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver may be available based on financial need)
  • Unofficial high school transcript, or certificate or diploma of high school equivalency (such as the GED), submitted electronically or by mail
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent from the testing agency or your high school