Fall Applicant Timeline

The timeline below is for fall quarter applicants, please note the timeline and deadlines are different if you are applying for a different quarter. We recommend you contact your Admissions Counselor if you have specific questions about applying for another quarter.

First-Year Student Application Deadlines

Western Washington University application deadlines for undergraduate students by quarter.

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

Mid-August: Fall Application for Admission goes live!

In the fall and early winter students should:

October 1: Begin Applying for Financial Aid

You can file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)* as early as October 1. Your FAFSA or WASFA must be submitted by January 31 (Western’s priority filing date) to be considered for the most favorable financial aid. Western’s school code is 003802. 

*If you are resident of Washington state and are ineligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status, you can apply for state financial aid by completing the WASFA.


November 1: Early Action Deadline 

Why wait? If you complete your admission application by November 1 you'll be considered for Early Action. Early Action guarantees an admission response by December 31. Admitted Early Action students also receive expedited scholarship review and financial aid notification. Students admitted to Western via Early Action have until May 1 to confirm their intent to enroll.


November–April: Notification of Admission and Scholarship Decisions 

Don't worry if you don't hear from us right away. About half of our students receive their admissions decisions after the application deadline. The majority of on-time applicants will receive admission notification by early April. Scholarship awarding will begin in December.


January 31: Regular Decision Deadline and Priority Scholarship Deadline

This is the last day to submit your application for fall quarter to Western before it’s marked late. On-time applicants get full consideration for merit scholarships. 


January 31: Financial Aid Priority Deadline

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you are unable to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status, you can file the Washington State Application for Student Aid (WASFA).


Mid-March: Financial Aid Offer Notification Begins

Financial aid offer notices will start going out to students with a valid FAFSA based on the date of admission on a rolling 2-week basis.


Early April: Admitted Student Day

Join us for our Saturday Open House for admitted first-year students! 


Early April: Regular Admission Decision Notifications

We make admission decisions on a rolling basis. Most applicants will receive an admission decision by early April. 


Mid-April: Merit Scholarship Notifications

Merit scholarship recipients are notified by mid-April.


May 1: Confirm Your Enrollment

May 1 is National College Decision Day. 

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May 1: Apply for On-Campus Housing

Living on campus your first year is optional, but the majority of first-year students choose to live on campus. The University Residences Housing Application will be available in February. If you plan to live on campus, apply for on-campus housing by the May 1 deadline.


June 1–late July : Sign up for Fall Advising & Registration

These two-day orientation sessions for you and your family take place in August and September before classes begin. At your session, you will receive advising and register for fall quarter classes. 


September: Classes Begin

Welcome to Western—make your plans to move to campus. Classes begin September 23!