How to Apply
First-Year Student Application Checklist
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/diploma of high school equivalency (such as the GED)—submitted electronically or by mail
Western will not require test scores for students applying for 2021 (winter, spring, or fall), but will consider them within our holistic review process if submitted. There is no advantage if you submit test scores, just as there is no disadvantage if you choose not to send them with your application. No decisions on test score requirements have yet been made for future entry terms (e.g. 2022 and beyond).
A non-refundable $60 application fee is required to process your application. When you apply online, you will be asked to submit a credit or debit card, over a secure connection, to complete your application. If you use a paper application, your application fee must be in the form of a check or money order, payable to "Western Washington University". Please ensure your full name and birth date are included on the check.
You may request a fee waiver if you have extreme financial need, or a low expected family contribution (EFC) if receiving financial aid. When you apply online you will have the option to request a fee waiver at the time you submit your application. If you plan on using the paper application, please contact our office for a fee waiver request form and submit your form with your completed application. To prevent processing delays, students who plan to request an application fee waiver should submit their application well in advance of the application deadline.
High School Transcript
You need to provide a high school transcript from all schools attended.
- If you are still in high school, your transcript will need to include coursework for grades 9–11.
- If you have already graduated, your transcript will need to include coursework for grades 9–12 and also include your graduation date.
Acceptable alternatives to a high school transcript:
- other high school equivalency certificate or diploma scores
- diploma earned through a Washington community college
- homeschool transcripts--these should include subjects and grades for each year, as well as supplemental information of concepts covered and materials used
How to submit your high school transcript
Ask Your High School to Send It
An easy way to provide your transcript is to have your high school send it to us. We will accept transcripts mailed by your high school or via the Naviance/Parchment, eScrip or SCOIR e-transcript systems. You can choose this option even if you apply online.
You may upload one transcript with your online application. By choosing this option, you do not need to request your high school send us a copy.
If you attended more than one school, you will need to request that additional transcripts be sent from those schools.
ACT or SAT Scores
Western is test optional for 2021, meaning we will not require test scores for students applying for winter, spring, or fall 2021 terms, but will consider them within our holistic review process if submitted. No decisions on test score requirements have yet been made for future entry terms (e.g. 2022 and beyond).
Scores may be sent directly from the testing service or reported on an official high school transcript; handwritten scores are not considered.
If you take the SAT more than once, we will superscore by taking the highest score from each section and combining it into the highest composite score possible. We only consider the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections of the SAT.
Phone: (319) 337-1313
Website: ACT Records
WWU Institutional Code: 4490
Phone: (866) 756-7346
Website: College Board
WWU Institutional Code: 4947
Mailing Application Materials
To apply by mail, print out and complete the First-Year Application for Admission & Scholarships [pdf] and mail it and a check or money order for the $60 application fee.
Mailing address for all application materials:
Western Washington University
Office of Admissions
Old Main 200, MS 9009
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9009
Please note, it may be necessary to delete the third line, "Old Main 200, MS 9009" to facilitate delivery of college transcripts when ordered online. To help the Office of Admissions match your documents with your application, we recommend you include your full name and birth date on all materials mailed separately from your application.
Admission to the University does not imply admission to a major or enrollment in specific courses. Many Western majors have a separate application process and/or selective admissions requirements, including completion of prerequisite coursework, elevated GPA, audition or portfolio review.
Art requires a portfolio
College of Business and Economics programs (excluding Economics) require an application
Design requires a portfolio
Early Childhood Education requires an application
Elementary Education requires an application
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies requires additional application materials
Human Services requires an application
Industrial Design requires a portfolio
Music requires an audition
Secondary Education requires an application (post-baccalaureate applicants only)
Special Education requires an application
What to expect after you apply
If you apply online, you can expect an email confirmation within an hour of successfully submitting the application and paying the application fee.
All applicants will receive an email within two weeks after we receive your application. This email will include your student number (Western ID) and instructions on how to check your application status online using the Application Status website. This website will list the items we've received, as well as any missing items needed to make your application complete. This website will not display your decision.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis—most Regular Decision applicants will receive an admission decision by early April. Students will be notified in writing of their admissions decision. We appreciate your patience in this process to ensure every application is carefully reviewed.
Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation
WWU is an equal opportunity institution. To request an accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Access Center (DAC), (360) 650-3083 (voice), (360) 255-7175 (VP), email@example.com. One week advance notice is appreciated. To request application materials in an alternate format, please contact the Office of Admissions, (360) 650-3440, firstname.lastname@example.org.