Admissions

Running Start & College Credit

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.

Advanced Placement

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.

AP Capstone

AP Research

3+

General Electives: 3 credits

AP Seminar

3+

General Electives: 3 credits

Arts

Art History

3

Art History 210 (3 credits) + Art elective (1 credit)

Humanities GUR
 

4+

Art History 210 (3 credits) + Art elective (1 credit)

Humanities GUR
Music Theory

3+

Music electives (3 credits)

Studio Art: 2D

3

Art electives (4 credits)

 

4+

Art 120 (5 credits)

Studio Art: 3D

3

Art electives (4 credits)

 

4+

Art 230 (5 credits)

Studio Art: Drawing

3

Art electives (4 credits)

 

4+

Art 110 (5 credits)

English

English Language and Composition

English Literature and Composition

3

English electives: 4 credits

Humanities GUR
 

4+

English electives: 4 credits

Humanities GUR

English 101 Communication Block A waived

History & Social Science

Comparative Government and Politics

3+

Political Science 291: 5 credits

Social Sciences GUR
European History

3+

History 113: 5 credits

Humanities GUR
Human Geography

3+

Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Macroeconomics

3+

Economics 207 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Microeconomics

3+

Economics 206 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Psychology

3+

Psychology 101 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
United States Government and Politics

3+

Political Science 250 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
United States History

3+

History 103, 104 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
World History

3+

History 123 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR

Math & Computer Science

Calculus AB

2

Registration eligibility for Math 118, 124, or 157

 

3

Math electives: 5 credits

Registration eligibility for Math 118 or 124 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

4

Math 124 (5 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 125, 134, or 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

5

Math 124, 125 (10 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 134, 138, or 224 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
Calculus BC

1

Credit/placement based on AB subscore

 

2

With AB subscore of 1 or 2: Credit/placement based on AB subscore; reference AB Exam above

QSR GUR fulfillment dependent on AB subscore

With AB subscore of 3 or 4: Math 124 (5 credits); registration eligibility for Math 125 or 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

With AB subscore of 5:Math 124, 125 (10 credits); registration eligibility for Math 138 or 224 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

3

With AB subscore of 1-4: Math 124 (5 credits); registration eligibility for Math 125 or 138 (contact math adviser)

With AB subscore of 5: Math 124, 125 (10 credits); registration eligibility for Math 138 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

4+

Math 124, 125 (10 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 138 or 224 (contact math adviser)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
Computer Science A

3+

Computer Science 141: 4 credits

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
Computer Science Principles

3+

General electives: 3 credits

Statistics

3+

Math 240 (4 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Sciences

Biology

3+

Biology 101, 102: 8 credits

Lab Science GUR
Chemistry

3+

Chemistry 161, 162 (10 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Environmental Science

3+

Environmental Science 101: 3 credits

Non Lab Science GUR
Physics 1: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 114 (5 credits)

Non-Lab Science GUR
Physics 2: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 115 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Physics 1 and 2: Algebra-Based

3+

Physics 114, 115, 116: 10 credits (lab) and 5 credits (non-lab)

Lab Science GUR
Non-Lab Science GUR
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3+

Physics 162 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR
Physics C: Mechanics

3+

Physics 161 (5 credits)

Lab Science GUR

World Languages & Cultures

Chinese Language and Culture

3

Chinese 101: 5 credits

 

4+

Chinese 101, 102: 10 credits

French Language and Culture

3

French 104 (5 credits)

 

4

French electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

5

French electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR
German Language and Culture

3

German 101 (5 credits)

 

4+

German 101, 102 (10 credits)

Italian Language and Culture

3

Italian 101 (5 credits)

 

4+

Italian 101, 102 (10 credits)

Japanese Language and Culture

3

Japanese 101 (5 credits)

 

4+

Japanese 101, 102 (10 credits)

Spanish Language and Culture

3

Spanish 104 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

4

Spanish electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

5

Spanish electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR

International Baccalaureate

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 transcripts.ibna@ibo.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.

Business and Economics

Business Management (HL)

4+

Management electives (4 credits)

Economics (HL)

4+

Economics elective (10 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Economics elective (5 credits)

Computer Science and Mathematics

Computer Science

4+

Computer Science elective (15 credits)

Mathematics (HL)

4-5

Math 118 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

6+

Math 124 (5 credits)

Registration eligibility for Math 138

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Further Mathematics (HL)

4+

Contact Math Department for Advising

Mathematics (SL)

4-5

Math 112 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR
 

6+

Math 118 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Mathematical Studies (SL)

5+

Math 112 (5 credits)

Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

English

English A (HL)

4+

English 101 (5 credits)

Communication Block A GUR

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

Language and Literature (SL)

4+

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

English Literature (SL)

4+

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

Literature and Performance (SL)

4+

English electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

Humanities

Economics

4+

Economics elective (10 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Economics elective (5 credits)

Geography (HL)

4+

Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Geography (SL)

4+

Environmental Studies 204 (4 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Global Politics (HL)

4+

Political Science 101, 271 (10 credits Social Sciences), 390 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
Global Politics (SL)

4+

Political Science 101, 271 (6 credits Social Sciences), 390 (3 credits)

Social Sciences GUR
History: The Americas (HL)

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block B GUR
History: European (HL)

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
History: World (HL)

4+

History elective (10 credits)

Humanities GUR

History elective (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR

History (SL)

No credit

Philosophy (HL)

4+

Philosophy electives (15 credits)

Humanities GUR
Philosophy (SL)

4+

Philosophy electives (9 credits)

Humanities GUR
Psychology (HL)

4+

Psychology 101 (5 credits)

Social Sciences GUR

Psychology (SL)

No credit

World Religions (HL)

4-5

Religion 333 (5 credits), Religion electives (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

6+

Religion 333 (5 credits), Religion electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
World Religions (SL)

4+

Religion 332 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR

Sciences

Biology (HL)

4+

Biology 101, 102 (8 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR

Biology electives (7 credits Non Lab Science)

Non Lab Science GUR
Biology (SL)

4+

Biology 101, 102 (8 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR
Chemistry

4+

Chemistry elective (15 credits)

Natural Science GUR
Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)

4+

Environmental Science 101: 3 credits

Non Lab Science GUR
Marine Science (SL)

4+

Environmental Science 204: 4 credits

Non Lab Science GUR
Physics (HL)

4+

Physics 115, 116 (10 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR

Physics 114 (5 credits Non-Lab Science)

Non Lab Science GUR
Physics (SL)

4+

Physics 115 (5 credits Lab Science)

Lab Science GUR

Physics 114 (5 credits Non-Lab Science)

Non Lab Science GUR

Visual and Performing Arts

Art History (SL)

4+

Art History 210 (3 credits), Art History elective (1 credit)

Humanities GUR

Arts: Visual (HL)

4+

Art 110 (5 credits)

Arts: Visual (SL)

4

Art electives (4 credits)

 

5+

Art 110 (5 credits)

Dance (HL)

4+

Dance 231, 232, 242, 257, 342 (14 credits)

Dance (SL)

4+

Dance 231, 232 (6 credits)

Theatre (SL)

4+

Theatre 101, 160, 210 (9 credits)

Theatre (SL)

4+

Theatre 101, 160, 210 (9 credits)

World Languages

Arabic

4+

Arabic 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Chinese A (HL)

No credit

Chinese B (HL)

4

Chinese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

5

Chinese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Chinese 301, 302, 303 (15 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Chinese B (SL)

4-5

Chinese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Chinese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Chinese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Chinese, Mandarin AB (SL)

4

Chinese 101 (5 credits)

 

5

Chinese 101, 102 (10 credits)

 

6+

Chinese 101, 102, (10 credits)

 

Chinese 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
French A (HL)

No credit

French A (SL)

No credit

French B (HL)

4

French 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

French 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

French 202 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

6+

French 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

French 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
French B (SL)

4-5

French 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

French 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
French AB (SL)

4-5

French 102 (5 credits)

 

6+

French 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Germanics A (HL)

No credit

Germanics A (SL)

No credit

Germanics B (HL)

4

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

German 202 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

6+

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

German 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
Germanics B (SL)

4-5

German 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

German 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
German AB (SL)

4-5

German 102 (5 credits)

 

6+

German 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Italian A (HL)

No credit

Italian A (SL)

No credit

Italian B (HL)

5

Italian electives (5 credits)

 

6

Italian electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Italian electives (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

7

Italian electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Italian electives (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
Italian B (SL)

4+

Italian electives (10 credits)

 

6+

Italian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Japanese A (HL)

No credit

Japanese A (SL)

No credit

Japanese B (HL)

4

Japanese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

5

Japanese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Japanese 301, 302, 303 (15 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Japanese B (SL)

4-5

Japanese 103, 201 (10 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202 (5 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
 

6+

Japanese 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Japanese 202, 203 (10 credits)

Comparative, Gender, and Multicultural Studies Block A GUR
Japanese AB (SL)

4

Japanese 101 (5 credits)

 

5

Japanese 101, 102 (10 credits)

 

6+

Japanese 101, 102, (10 credits)

 

Japanese 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Korean A (HL)

No credit

Korean A (SL)

No credit

Korean B (HL)

4

General electives (5 credits)

 

5

General electives (10 credits)

 

6+

General electives (10 credits)

 

General electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Korean B (SL)

4+

General electives (15 credits)

Latin (HL)

4

Latin 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Latin 202 (5 credits Humanities)

Humanities GUR
 

5+

Latin 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Latin 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
Latin (SL)

4+

Latin 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Portuguese B (HL)

4

General electives (5 credits)

 

5

General electives (10 credits)

 

6+

General electives (10 credits)

 

General electives (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Portuguese B (SL)

4+

General electives (5 credits)

Russian A (HL)

No credit

Russian A (SL)

No credit

Russian B (HL)

4

Russian 120 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Russian 202 (5 credits)

Humanities GUR
 

7

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Russian 202, 203 (10 credits)

Humanities GUR
Russian B (SL)

4-5

Russian 110 (5 credits)

 

6+

Russian 120 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Russian AB (SL)

4-5

Russian 120 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

Russian 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Spanish A (HL)

No credit

Spanish A (SL)

No credit

Spanish B (HL)

4

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

5

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Spanish 202 (5 credits Humanities)

Humanities GUR
 

6+

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR

Spanish 202, 203 (10 credits Humanities)

Humanities GUR
Spanish B (SL)

4-5

Spanish 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
 

6+

Spanish 201 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Spanish AB (SL)

4-5

Spanish 102 (5 credits)

 

6+

Spanish 103 (5 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Swahili A (HL)

No credit

Swahili A (SL)

No credit

Swahili B (HL)

4-5

General electives (5 credits)

 

6+

General electives (10 credits)

 

7

General electives (15 credits)

Communication Block B GUR
Swahili B (SL)

4+

General electives (5 credits)

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

 

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