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 freshmen for admissions purposes. Freshmen entering with college credit, whether earned through college courses, AP, IB or Cambridge International curriculum are eligible for freshman 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 higher level International Baccalaureate subject examination passed with a score of four (4) or above according to the chart below. Students who have passed higher level exams in subjects not listed on the chart 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.*
Students who earn an IB Diploma will be awarded 15 credits distributed evenly among the GUR areas of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An additional 30 quarter credits may be awarded in the areas of the student’s higher level subject exams with a score of 4 or better, subject to maximum credit limits. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details.
To earn credit, students must have an official Transcript of Grades sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Western's Office of Admissions. Email email@example.com 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.
* Please note, the University is in the process of conducting a review of Higher Level exams for grades of 4, along with a comprehensive review of Standard Level (SL) subjects to determine credit award policies for exams with grades of 4 or higher.
Washington Statewide IB Policy
(Please see Western-specific policies above)
IB Exam Minimum Credit
The public baccalaureate sector will grant at a minimum elective credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams completed with a score of five (5) or higher, with exceptions. May be subject to maximum credit limits. Limited credit is granted by Central Washington University and Evergreen for some standard level exams. Please contact the institution for additional details.
IB Exam Diploma and Credits Awarded
The public baccalaureate sector recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma and awards up to 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits). With the receipt of a Diploma, credit will be awarded for three courses (15 quarter credits) and distributed evenly among the three general education areas (natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities). An additional 30 quarter credits (20 semester credits) can be awarded in the areas of the student’s higher level subject exams with a score of 5 or better. Please contact the institution for additional details.
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