Conditional Admission

Eligibility requirements

Conditional undergraduate admission may be offered to applicants who do not yet meet the university's English language requirement or who need more university preparation and English language study before entering a degree program. Students do not need a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply for conditional admission. However, before beginning to take regular university classes and moving into full admission status, students will need to demonstrate a high level of academic English ability, equivalent to Western's English language requirement, through their Intensive English Program coursework.

Applicants must fulfill all other requirements for undergraduate admission, including having competitive grades from previous secondary or post-secondary institutions. Freshman applicants need to have completed foundation coursework in English, humanities, mathematics, natural/physical sciences and social sciences. For transfer applicants, academic coursework and experiences related to one's academic area of interest will further strengthen the application.

Program details

Conditional admission students attend the Intensive English Program full-time for a minimum of one quarter. Before enrolling in their first regular university classes and earning credit towards a Bachelor's degree, students first need to successfully complete the highest level IEP Academic English courses (Academic Preparation, Research Writing, Academic Communications, Academic Reading, and Applied Language Skills).

During the first quarter of regular admission, after completing IEP, conditional admission students enroll in Western's Bridge Program, which includes university credit courses offered by the English Department, Communications Department, and other academic units at Western.

Applying for conditional admission

Students may apply for Conditional Admission by first enrolling in the Intensive English Program, or they may apply directly to the Office of Admissions. On the International Student Undergraduate Application, applicants should select the check-box that indicates they are "Seeking Conditional Admission to Western" to indicate this choice. Note that two applications, to both the Office of Admissions and to the Intensive English Program, are required.

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For more information, contact the Intensive English Program office at (360) 650-3308, email iep@wwu.edu, or visit the IEP website.