Winter 2021

Application Deadline Reminders

Please let your students know that our summer/fall 2021 transfer application priority deadline is March 1, 2021. While we will accept applications after the priority date, this helps ensure that we have the opportunity to notify on-time applicants of their admission decision and provide a financial aid estimate before the May 1 confirmation deadline. Our FAFSA/WASFA priority deadline is January 31.

Transfer Student Deadlines

Summer/Fall Quarters: March 1

Winter Quarter: September 15

Spring Quarter: January 1

Running Start and First-Year Student Deadlines

Fall Quarter (Early Action): November 1

Fall Quarter (Regular Decision): January 31

 

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Transfer Student Scholarship Update

To receive consideration for the majority of transfer student scholarships — including merit, multicultural, leadership, Phi Theta Kappa, and All Washington Academic Team — students need only submit their Application for Admission and Scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required. Because essays are now optional for students with a college-level GPA of 3.0 or higher, students who did not submit an essay for purposes of admission consideration can follow up with additional information about their interests, activities and accomplishments at admissions@wwu.edu.

International scholarship awards are also based on information provided in the application for admission. For scholarship details, please visit our international scholarships webpage.

 

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Register for the Virtual Transfer Advisors Workshop — Thursday, February 4

We hope you can join us to get up-to-date information from the Office of Admissions, Academic Advising, and other academic and student support offices on campus.

The workshop will also include a transfer student panel and break-out sessions with representatives from some of our most popular programs for transfer students, including Biology, Computer Science, Human Services and Psychology. There will also be digital content for you to explore on your own and share with students and colleagues.

We hope you can join us!

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Advising Spotlight: Academic Advising FAQs

How can students be prepared for major declaration at Western?

Students are encouraged to begin thinking about majors before they transfer to Western. Majors vary in terms of what steps are required to declare, including prerequisite courses, minimum GPAs, a portfolio, and more. The University Catalog outlines the steps required to declare for each major, including contact information. Encourage students to reach out and connect to majors they are interested in before they transfer to prepare for a smooth academic transition to Western.

What if students don't know what they want to major in once they get to Western?

The Career Services Center has some excellent resources on their Majors & Careers page. Resources include information about career options for majors, career assessments, state and national employment data, and more.

Will students need to take more math courses once they get to Western?

The answer will depend on the student's intended major/minor, whether or not they completed an equivalent Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning General Education Requirement at their previous institution, and more. Students are encouraged to start by looking at the courses required for their major/minor to find out if math coursework (or courses requiring math prereqs) are included. Math can get complex and all students are encouraged to have a conversation with an advisor about their math pathway at Western.

DTA versus AS-T?

The DTA is an excellent option for a student interested in pursuing a non-STEM-related major at Western. However, if students intend to major in any STEM-related field, they are far more prepared academically if they have an AS-T degree. Students will also often have a shorter timeline to graduate because they are prepared with foundational math and science coursework and can begin to apply for their major sooner.

 

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Spring 2020

Transferring P/NP Grades

We anticipate receiving a number of transcripts with P/NP grades, which is also what Western is offering students spring and summer quarter. Western will accept these courses for credit and towards fulfillment of DTA/AS-T degree requirements. It could be that a specific program – Engineering, for example – could make its own determinations about what prerequisites do and don’t count when they are P/NP, but the university will be transferring in and awarding credit for those courses once we receive final transcripts.

 

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Acceptance of Unofficial College Transcripts

We continue to process applications received for the summer and fall 2020 terms. While we require official college transcripts prior to enrollment and awarding of transfer credit, we understand transcript processing at many of your campuses is far from business as usual. For purposes of making an initial admission decision, Western is accepting unofficial transcripts and we invite students to send unofficial transcripts or screenshots (e.g., from your student information system) saved as PDFs directly to admissions.documents@wwu.edu to complete or update their application for admission.

 

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Flexibility for Low Credit Transfers

Traditionally, students who have earned fewer than 45 transferable credits at time of application are required to send us SAT or ACT scores and an official high school transcript to provide a more complete picture of their readiness for university coursework. Exam cancellations this spring created a challenge for students who could not send us these test scores. In response, we are waiving this requirement for summer and fall 2020 applicants. The closing of K-12 schools represented an additional obstacle for students in obtaining their official high school transcript. In order to help with this issue, Western is accepting unofficial transcripts and welcoming students to send transcripts or screenshots (e.g., from your student information system) saved as PDFs directly to admissions.documents@wwu.edu.

 

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Offering Virtual Experiences and Appointments

We are communicating directly with admitted students to help them explore a number of admitted student virtual experiences and appointments that will invite meaningful and genuine connections with current students, faculty, and staff. There are also virtual experiences and appointments for prospective students. From campus tours and appointments with professors, to videos and one-on-one sessions with Admissions Counselors, Western is deploying a number of blended formats to engage every prospective and admitted student when they are ready.

 

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Winter 2020

Application Deadline Reminders

Please remind your students that our summer/fall 2020 transfer application deadline is March 1, 2020. This deadline helps ensure that we have the opportunity to notify on-time applicants of their admission decision and provide a financial aid estimate before the May 1 confirmation deadline. Our FAFSA priority deadline is January 31.

Transfer Students

Summer/Fall Quarters: March 1

Winter Quarter: September 15

Spring Quarter: January 1

Running Start and First-Year Students

Fall Quarter (Early Action): November 1

Fall Quarter (Regular Decision): January 31

 

More information

 

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Transfer Student Scholarship Update

To receive consideration for the majority of transfer student scholarships—including merit, multicultural, leadership, Phi Theta Kappa, and All Washington Academic Team—students need only submit their Application for Admission and Scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required.

International scholarship awards are also based on information provided in the application for admission. For scholarship details, please visit our international scholarships webpage.

 

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Register for a Transfer Advisors Workshop — Thursday, February 6 (Bellingham) or May 14 (Kent)

Western will host two Transfer Advisors Workshops this year. The full-day program will take place on Thursday, February 6 on our Bellingham campus and a second half-day program will be offered on May 14 at the Green River College campus at Kent Station. We hope you can join us to get up-to-date information from the Office of Admissions, Academic Advising, International Student and Scholar Services and Student Outreach Services while networking with colleagues from around the region. Try your hand making admission decisions as a member of a mock admissions review committee and learn about entry requirements for Western majors.

The Bellingham workshop will also include lunch, a transfer student panel, a tour of our Disability Access Center and Veterans Services Office and break-out sessions with representatives from some of our most popular programs for transfer students, including the Biology and Computer Science departments.

Feel free to share these opportunities with your colleagues. I hope to see you there!

 

Register for the Transfer Advisors Workshop

 

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Advising Spotlight: Academic Advising FAQs

How can students be prepared for major declaration at Western?

Students are encouraged to begin thinking about majors before they transfer to Western. Majors vary in terms of what steps are required to declare, including pre-requisite courses, minimum GPAs, a portfolio, and more. The University Catalog outlines the steps required to declare for each major, including contact information. Encourage students to reach out and connect to majors they are interested in before they transfer to prepare for a smooth academic transition to Western.

What if students don't know what they want to major in once they get to Western?

The Career Services Center has some excellent resources on their Majors & Careers page. Resources include information about career options for majors, career assessments, state and national employment data, and more. 

Will students need to take more math courses once they get to Western?

The answer will depend on the student's intended major/minor, whether or not they completed an equivalent Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning General Education Requirement at their previous institution, and more. Students are encouraged to first start with looking at the courses required for their major/minor to find out if math coursework (or courses requiring math pre-reqs) are included. Math can get complex and all students are encouraged to have a conversation with an advisor about their math pathway at Western. 

DTA versus AS-T?

The DTA is an excellent option for a student interested in pursuing a non-STEM-related major at Western. However, if students intend to major in any STEM-related field, they are far more prepared academically if they have an AS-T degree. Students will also often have a shorter timeline to graduate because they are prepared with foundational math and science coursework and can begin to apply for their major sooner.

 

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