Returning in the fall after taking time off this spring?

If you are a Western student who was enrolled winter quarter and decided to take spring quarter off, you will not need to complete the returning student application or pay the application fee to be eligible to return for summer or fall quarter.

Need to know what will happen to your Admissions scholarships if you don't enroll spring quarter?

If you have the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Western Award for Excellence, the Western Achievement Tuition Waiver or any other multi-year Admissions awards, your eligibility will be extended for an additional quarter. All other Admissions awards will be deferred to fall 2020 for those students not enrolling this spring. Please contact Lori Larkin at to let us know you won’t be attending spring quarter.

Returning Students

Application Deadlines

We accept applications for returning students on a rolling basis, and processing times vary depending on the first day of the term. The sooner you apply, the more quickly you will receive a decision and be eligible to register for classes.

Do you need to reapply?

Previous Western students who have not been enrolled for one or more quarters (excluding summer) need to reapply for admission. Students who don’t reapply won’t be able to register for classes. The Returning Student Application can be used by former Western undergraduates and post-baccalaureates returning to complete those degrees.

If you were academically dismissed, you need to petition for  scholastic reinstatement. There are special circumstances for students enrolled in Outreach and Continuing Education supported location programs, too.

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Contact the Registrar's Office at (360) 650-3432.

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You'll likely be readmitted to Western if you:

  • left Western in good academic standing
  • are pursuing your first degree
  • complete your application by the application priority date

Readmission to Western does not imply you are qualified for your intended major. Contact your intended academic department as soon as possible to discuss how to declare a major. This is especially important for programs with separate application processes.

Application checklist

A complete application includes:

  • Returning Student Application for Admission 
  • $60 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver may be available)
  • An official transcript from any college or university you attended since leaving Western. Send your transcript(s) to the address below.

Submitting application materials

To help the Office of Admissions match your documents with your application, we recommend you include your full name and date of birth or Western student number on all materials mailed separately from your application.

Mail all application materials to:

Western Washington University

Office of Admissions
Old Main 200, MS 9009
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9009

Applying by mail

While a PDF version of the Returning Student Application for Admission is available, we recommend you apply online for faster processing. (Note: If you choose to apply by mail, mail your application and a check or money order for the $60 application fee to the address above. To expedite processing, please include your Western student number on both your application and check.)

Major-Specific Requirements

Admission to the University does not imply admission to a major or enrollment in specific courses. Many Western majors have a separate application process and/or selective admissions requirements, including completion of prerequisite coursework, elevated GPA, audition or portfolio review.  


Financial Aid

While not required as part of the admissions process, we encourage you to apply for financial aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • FAFSA priority deadline: January 31
  • Western's Federal School Code: 003802

Complete Your FAFSA

House Bill 1079 & The Real Hope Act

Western Washington University extends educational opportunities and resident tuition to all students who meet the criteria of Washington House Bill 1079, established by the State legislature in 2004. Supporting all students persisting to degree, Western ensures confidentiality and protection of student education records, including immigration status. We also celebrate the passage of the Real Hope Act in Washington State and encourage eligible students to apply for the Washington College Grant using the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Complete Your WAFSA

What to expect after applying

If you apply online, you can expect an email confirmation within an hour of successfully submitting the application and paying the application fee. You will receive an email within two weeks after we receive your application. If you don't receive confirmation, contact the Office of Admissions. You will be notified in writing of your admission decision. While we will accept late applications, those who apply after the Priority Date may not be eligible to register during Phase I.

Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation

WWU is an equal opportunity institution. To request an accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Access Center (DAC), (360) 650-3083 (voice), (360) 255-7175 (VP), One week advance notice is appreciated. To request application materials in an alternate format, please contact the Office of Admissions, (360) 650-3440,