How to Apply
Transfer Student Application Checklist
A complete application includes:
- Transfer and Postbaccalaureate Application submitted by the application deadline
- $60 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver may be available)
- Official transcripts from every college/university attended, even if you do not expect or desire to transfer credit (Note: students applying for summer or fall quarters must send an official transcript that includes grades from the previous fall quarter before their application can be reviewed)
- An essay that helps the Admissions Committee understand your academic goals, related experiences and/or preparatory course work, and professional goals
- Students who have completed fewer than 45 transferable quarter (30 semester) credits are also required to submit an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores. (Exception: if you are 21 or older you will be exempt from the test score requirement and need only submit an official high school transcript.)
Note: if you are applying to a Western-supported location program, contact your intended program for details about your application.
A non-refundable $60 application fee is required to process your application. When you apply online, you will be asked to submit a credit or debit card, over a secure connection, to complete your application. If you use a paper application, your application fee must be in the form of a check or money order, payable to "Western Washington University". Please ensure your full name and birth date are included on the check.
You may request a fee waiver if you have extreme financial need, or a low expected family contribution (EFC) if receiving financial aid. When you apply online you will have the option to request a fee waiver at the time you submit your application. If you plan on using the paper application, please contact our office for a fee waiver request form and submit your form with your completed application. To prevent processing delays, students who plan to request an application fee waiver should submit their application well in advance of the application deadline.
Applicants are responsible for requesting official transcripts. A transcript is considered official if it bears the official seal and authorizing signature of the issuing institution and is:
- sent directly by the school to the Office of Admissions; or
- sealed by the school and mailed or delivered to the Office of Admissions by you. If the envelope has been opened before it arrives in the Office of Admissions, the transcript is not official.
We can serve you better – and faster! – if your official transcripts arrive before or soon after submitting your application.
You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Do not omit or exclude any institution, even if you do not expect to transfer credit. Only transcripts issued within the last year will be accepted.
Students who have attended a Washington State community college are encouraged to have their transcripts sent electronically. Electronic transcripts enable us to process your application more efficiently and expedite awarding you transfer credit if admitted.
High School Transcripts
Transfer students who have earned fewer than 45 transferable quarter (30 semester) credits must request a transcript from the last high school attended. If you attended more than one high school, it is recommended that you submit transcripts from all of them. If you have already graduated or have left high school, your high school transcript must show all course work completed.
Transfer students under the age of 21 and who have earned fewer than 45 quarter (30 semester) credits must submit official SAT or ACT test scores to the Office of Admissions. Test scores are official if they are:
sent directly from the testing agency; or
- sent directly from the high school (handwritten scores are not acceptable).
Test scores sent directly from the testing agency will enable the Office of Admissions to process your application more quickly.
Scholastic Assessment Test (SATI)
Phone: (866) 756-7346
Website: College Board
WWU Institutional Code: 4947
American College Test (ACT)
Phone: (319) 337-1313
Website: ACT Records
WWU Institutional Code: 4490
Mailing Application Materials
To apply by mail, print out and complete the Transfer and Post-baccalaureate Application for Admission [pdf] and mail it with a check or money order for the $60 application fee.
Mailing address for all application materials:
Western Washington University
Office of Admissions
Old Main 200, MS 9009
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9009
Please note, it may be necessary to delete the third line, "Old Main 200, MS 9009" to facilitate delivery of college transcripts when ordered online. To help the Office of Admissions match your documents with your application, we recommend you include your full name and birth date on all materials mailed separately from your application.
Outreach and Continuing Education
If you are applying to a Western-supported location program, contact your intended program for details about application requirements.
What to Expect After You Apply
If you apply online, you can expect an email confirmation within an hour of successfully submitting the application and paying the application fee.
All applicants will receive an email within two weeks after we receive your application. This email will include your student number (Western ID) and instructions on how to check your application status online using the Application Status website. This website will list the items we've received, as well as any missing items needed to make your application complete. This website will not display your decision.
Students will be notified in writing of their admission decision. While some students are notified earlier, the majority of applicants are notified within six to eight weeks of the application deadline. We appreciate your patience in this process to ensure every on-time application is carefully reviewed. Students who need an earlier decision are welcome to request one in writing, though a favorable response cannot be guaranteed.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org. One week advance notice is appreciated. To request application materials in an alternate format, please contact the Office of Admissions, (360) 650-3440, email@example.com.