Regardless of the number of college credits earned while in high school, all students entering Western directly after high school graduation (excluding summer courses) are considered first-year students for admissions purposes. First-year students entering with college credit, whether earned through college courses, AP, IB or Cambridge International curriculum are eligible for first-year scholarships and granted advanced standing and major course access when appropriate.
Running Start and College in the High School
Western Washington University will grant transfer credit the same for courses taken through Running Start or College in the High School as we would for transfer students, according to our transfer credit policies. For a list of in-state college courses that transfer, please visit our Transfer Course Equivalency Report.
AP, IB, and Cambridge International Credit
Western Washington University Policies
Western will grant up to a maximum of 45 credits for any combination of credit by examination, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International examinations.
Western grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher. Credits are granted upon receipt of official scores (AP Transcript) from the College Board according to the following equivalency chart. Tests no longer offered by the College Board are not included on the chart below, but will be granted credit for a score of three (3) or higher; contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
If you did not request a copy of your scores be sent to Western at the time of your examination(s), you will need to order your score report from the College Board. Western's AP code is 4947. To contact AP Services by phone, call (888) 225-5427.
NOTES: Unless otherwise indicated, credit awarded is considered elective, contributing to the total number of credits required for graduation (180 quarter credits). For information about AP exams that are no longer offered, contact the Office of Admissions. For more information on General University Requirements (GUR), see Western's GUR list.
Western Washington University will grant up to 15 credits for each approved standard level and higher level International Baccalaureate subject examination passed as specified in the chart below. To earn credit, students must have an official Transcript of Grades sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Western's Office of Admissions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, birth date or candidate reference number, high school, and the year the exams were taken, and ask that your scores be sent directly to Western's Office of Admissions.
Students who have passed exams in subjects not listed will need to consult with the Office of Admissions. Such exams will be considered on an individual basis to determine eligibility for General University Requirement (GUR) or elective credit.
The following IB exams will not result in any credit:
- Business Management - SL
- Chinese A - HL
- French A - HL
- Germanics A - SL, HL
- History - SL
- Italian A - SL, HL
- Japanese A - SL, HL
- Korean A - SL, HL
- Psychology - SL
- Russian A - SL, HL
- Spanish A - SL, HL
- Swahili A - SL, HL
Cambridge International Exams
Western Washington University will grant 15 credits for approved A-level examinations and 7.5 credits for approved AS-level examinations with passing grades of A-E, subject to the 45 credit maximum. Approved exams will be given a Satisfactory, "S", grade. Credit will not be granted for both an A-level and an AS-level exam in the same subject area. Some exams may also apply to GUR. Students should submit official results of the Cambridge International Exams to the Office of Admissions for determination of transfer credit. If your exams were completed within the U.S., please complete the Cambridge Examination Results Transcript Request Form [pdf] to request scores. For exams completed outside the U.S., visit the Results Services website to request scores.
The following exams will not result in any credit:
- Applied Information and Communication Technology
- Computing/Computer Studies/Computer Applications
- Design and Technology
- General Paper
- Thinking Skills