Winter 2021

Admissions Timeline

January 31

Priority Application Deadline

Our first-year student priority application date is January 31. We will continue to accept applications in the winter and spring months, and processing priority will be given to applications received by that date.

Ongoing

Transcripts and Test Scores

Please continue sending transcripts in support of your students’ applications. Unofficial transcripts sent directly from the high school are used for admission purposes — the easiest way to submit supporting documents is to email them directly to admissions.documents@wwu.edu. Since no responses are sent from this inbox, if you have questions about a particular student, feel free to contact us directly.

Western is a test-optional institution, so ACT or SAT scores are not a required part of the application process. Students who choose to submit scores will have them considered as part of our holistic review process of all application materials.

Ongoing through early April

Admission Decisions Mailed

We began notifying admitted students in November, and scholarship notifications follow separately. Some students may hear back more quickly than others, therefore no news does not mean bad news. Our Admissions staff are currently reviewing application files, and admission decisions are mailed out daily.

Ongoing through late April

Financial Aid Award Notifications

Scholarship and aid award notifications will begin later this month for admitted students and will continue on an ongoing basis. Students who submit the FAFSA or WASFA by the January 31 priority date can expect an estimated financial aid award 2–3 weeks after their admission. Notification will continue through the end of April.

April 12-17

Virtual Admitted Student Days

Admitted Student Days will feature a number of exclusive virtual events and programs for admitted students and their families. More about these events are featured at the end of this newsletter.

May 1

National College Decision Day

May 1 is the priority date for admitted students to confirm their enrollment and the priority application date for on-campus housing.

 

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Scholarships

Every student who applies to Western is automatically considered for merit-based scholarships — no separate paperwork is required. Top enrollees will receive a scholarship recognizing their academic performance, with first-year merit scholarships ranging between $1,000 and $5,000, which can significantly assist when tuition and fees are affordably listed at $8,600 per year.

Additionally, Western awards students who actively promote multiculturalism or intercultural understanding in their schools and communities, and who are committed to doing the same at Western. Selection for the Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship is based on students' dedication and leadership, as demonstrated in the application for admission, personal essay, activities list, and any other supporting materials. Alternatively, to be considered, students may also submit a separate MAP Scholarship essay providing their information to admissions.counselors@wwu.edu.

MAP recipients receive a tuition reduction of $2,000 to $3,000 for their first year, and some awards are renewable. More than 200 MAP Scholarships are awarded each year, and we welcome you to share this information with any students you feel may be a successful MAP Scholar.

 

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Communicating With Students Awaiting Decisions

We know that some students may have applied some time ago and are still awaiting an admission decision from Western. This year, with delays caused by the pandemic and remote learning and guidance, we recognize that the process is taking on a different element of consideration and urgency. Our comprehensive review process means we carefully consider each and every student who applies — this process isn't always the fastest. Please reassure your students that no decision is not a harbinger of bad news. The majority of our students are notified of their admission by mid-March.

Students whose files are still awaiting review will receive an email next month requesting more information. In this email, we ask students to send us an updated transcript — including their first semester, quarter or trimester grades — as well as any additional information they would like to add to their application. The fastest way for students to supply this new information is to email it to our office at admissions.evaluators@wwu.edu.

Thank you for helping manage the anxiety that comes with the waiting. We welcome any information you might want to share about an applicant who may not appear strong on the surface, but would be a great addition to our community.

 

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Western On The (Virtual) Road

Rather than taking our show on the road, Western Washington University will be hosting virtual events for admitted students and their families grouped by region from all across the country this spring. This will be a great chance for admitted students to meet and hear about next steps for enrolling at Western as well as meet fellow future Vikings!

These events will take place for students outside of the state of Washington from April 5-9 and within the state of Washington from April 12-16.

All admitted students will receive more information regarding signing up to join us for the event in their region. Be sure that your students are checking their email to sign up!

 

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Admitted Student Days – April 12-17

Admitted Student Days, our exclusive week-long event designed specifically for admitted first-year students, is the week of April 12-17. The main event will be Saturday, April 17, and students will have lots of great virtual session options to choose from starting April 12. Please encourage admitted students and their families to join us for this program to experience and explore campus from wherever they are and get their questions answered. Email invitations will be sent out soon.

If your admitted students can’t make it to this event, another great option is to sign up for any of our virtual visit options which include everything from campus and housing tours to a variety of information sessions and on-on-one connection opportunities.

 

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Spring 2020

Waiving Test Score Requirements

We continue to process applications received for the fall 2020 term. Exam cancellations created a series of challenges for students who could not send us test scores (e.g. SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS). In response, we are waiving this requirement: applications will be marked as “complete” if only missing the test score, and will be reviewed for admission and scholarships without that additional component. Adjustments were made to our systems so that students would not be disadvantaged by these extenuating circumstances.

 

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Sending Unofficial School Transcripts

The closing of schools represents an obstacle for students to connect with guidance counselors. In order to more quickly make an admission decision on the application, Western is accepting the submission of unofficial transcripts by welcoming students and families to send screenshots (e.g. from the student information system), photos, PDFs, or documents directly to admissions.documents@wwu.edu. High school staff may send information directly to that email address, or can continue to rely on secure platforms such as Parchment, eScrip, or Scoir. Official, final transcripts will still be required for students who confirm their enrollment for fall 2020.

 

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June 1: Extension of Confirmation Date

Western, like many colleges and universities across the nation, has recognized that students and families may need additional time to make an informed decision for the best-fit college choice. As such, we have extended our priority confirmation date to June 1. Please note that the enrollment confirmation date is not a deadline at Western; it is a priority processing date for us to begin working with students on important next steps in the transition to college. Scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions will not be affected by this timeline extension. 
Additionally, NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) has featured a searchable database on its website for the growing number of schools that are adjusting their confirmation and depositing processes. 

 

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Expanding Opportunities for Deferrals and Gap Years

College planning will look very different for the class of 2020, and Western will remain flexible as we learn from students about their future plans. We are updating our internal processes and procedures in a matter that is in line with supporting a well-informed transition from high school to college.

 

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Offering Virtual Experiences and Appointments

We are communicating directly with admitted students to help them explore a number of virtual experiences and appointments that will invite meaningful and genuine connections with current students, faculty, and staff. From campus tours and appointments with professors from our Honors Program, to fun videos and one-on-one sessions with Admissions Counselors, Western is deploying a number of blended formats to engage every student when they are ready. We have also moved our Admitted Student Day to a virtual format; it will take place April 17.

 

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Winter 2020

Admissions Timeline

January 31

Priority Application Deadline

Our first-year student priority application deadline is January 31. We will continue to accept applications after that date, and processing priority will be given to applications received by the deadline.

Ongoing

Transcripts and Test Scores

Please continue sending transcripts and SAT/ACT scores in support of your students’ applications. Unofficial transcripts and test scores sent directly from the high school are used for admission purposes—the easiest way to submit supporting documents is to email them directly to admissions.documents@wwu.edu. Since no responses are sent from this inbox, if you have questions about a particular student, feel free to contact me directly.

Now through early April

Admission Decisions Mailed

We began notifying admitted students in November, and scholarship notifications follow separately. Some students may hear back more quickly than others, therefore no news does not mean bad news. Our Admissions staff are currently reviewing application files, and admission decisions are mailed out daily.

Now through the end of April

Financial Aid Award Notification

Scholarship and financial aid award notifications began in December for admitted students and continue on an ongoing basis. Students who submit the FAFSA or WASFA by the January 31 priority deadline can expect an Estimated Financial Aid Award 2–3 weeks after their admission. Notification will continue through the end of April.

April 4

Admitted Student Day

Admitted Student Day, our exclusive event for admitted students, will take place on Saturday, April 4. More about this event and additional visit opportunities are available at the end of this newsletter.

May 1

National College Decision Day

May 1 is the deadline for admitted students to accept an offer of admission and the priority application date for on-campus housing.

 

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Scholarships

Every student who applies to Western is automatically considered for merit-based scholarships—no separate paperwork is required. The top 20% of enrollees will receive a scholarship recognizing their academic performance and test scores. First-year merit scholarships range between $1,000 and $6,000, which can significantly assist when tuition and fees are affordably listed at $8,600 per year.

Additionally, Western awards students who actively promote multiculturalism or intercultural understanding in their schools and communities, and who are committed to doing the same at Western. Selection for the Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship is based on students' dedication and leadership, as demonstrated in the application for admission, personal essay, activities list, and any other supporting materials. Alternatively, to be considered, students may also submit a separate MAP Scholarship essay providing their information to admissions.counselors@wwu.edu.

MAP recipients receive a tuition reduction of $2,000 to $3,000 for their first year, and some awards are renewable. More than 200 MAP Scholarships are awarded each year, and we welcome you to share this information with any students you feel may be a successful MAP Scholar.

 

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Communicating With Students Awaiting Decisions

We know that some students may have applied some time ago and are still awaiting an admission decision from Western. Our comprehensive review process means we carefully consider each and every student who applies--this process isn't always the fastest. Please reassure your students that no decision is not a harbinger of bad news. The majority of our students are notified of their admission by mid-March.

Students whose files are still awaiting review will receive an email next month requesting more information. In this email, we ask students to send us an updated transcript—including their first semester, quarter or trimester grades—as well as any additional information they would like to add to their application. The fastest way for students to supply this new information is to email it to our office at admissions.evaluators@wwu.edu.

Thank you for helping manage the anxiety that comes with the waiting. We welcome any information you might want to share about an applicant who may not appear strong on the surface, but would be a great addition to our community.

 

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Western On The Road

Western Washington University hosts events for admitted students and their families in various locations each spring. This year we will be hosting events in the following areas:

  • Anchorage, AK
  • The Bay Area, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Denver, CO 
  • King County, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR

If you are located in any of these areas be sure your students are checking their mail for more information. We hope you will encourage them to come learn about the Western experience from the Admissions team, current students, and alumni.

 

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Admitted Student Day – Saturday, April 4

Admitted Student Day, our exclusive event designed specifically for admitted first-year students, is Saturday, April 4. Please encourage admitted students and their families to join us for this program to experience and explore campus and get their questions answered. Invitations will be sent out soon.

If your admitted students can’t make it to this event, another great option is to sign up for our Admitted Student Discovery Days Program on select Fridays starting in February and through late April.

We also offer daily campus tours and a standard Discovery Days Program most Fridays throughout the winter and spring.

 

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Fall 2019

Important Dates

Fall Preview Day (Saturday Open House)

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Our largest event for prospective students and their families, which includes a tour of campus, residence hall showcase, department open houses and admission and financial aid information sessions.

Registration and Information

Early Action Deadline

Thursday, November 1, 2019

Students who submit a complete Application for Admission and Scholarships by November 1 will automatically be considered for Early Action Admission, which guarantees an admission response by December 31 and expedited scholarship and financial aid notification. Early Action is non-binding and students will have until May 1 to confirm their enrollment.

Our Regular Decision deadline remains January 31, with an admission notification by April. Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on the information they provide in the Application for Admission and Scholarships—no separate application is required. We notify students of scholarship awards on an on-going basis through April.

Early Financial Aid Awarding

Beginning in December

Students who are admitted under the Early Action program and submit their FAFSA to Western by November 1 will receive an early financial aid estimate by mid January. The goal is to provide students and families with an earlier indication of what the affordability equation looks like for a Western education.

For students applying under Regular Decision, our priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is January 31. We will notify students of their financial aid awards on a rolling basis beginning in December with all award notifications out by mid-April.

More info about Early Action

 

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Tips for the College Essay and Activities List

Grades and test scores are important when applying for college admission, but "numbers" only tell a small part of each student’s story. Please check out our Tips List to help your student through this process.

 

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The ACT and Superscoring of SAT

We will superscore the SAT, combining the highest Math section score with the highest Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section score from any test date for a superscored total. We do not superscore the ACT.

We will accept either the SAT or the ACT for admission purposes. Regardless of what test the student took, we will consider the test the student performed better on for admission and scholarship purposes. You can find more information on our Application Checklist page.

 

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Reverse Transfer Option for Running Start Freshmen

Did you know that students who are close to earning their AA-DTA prior to enrolling at Western could still earn it after beginning at Western? Western’s long-standing policy allows any student to complete their AA-DTA within one year of initial enrollment at Western or before they have completed 45 credits here, whichever comes later.

Our Academic Advising Center team reaches out to eligible students during their first quarter to help them determine which of two options is the better choice for them: 1) completion of the AA-DTA, or; 2) completion of Western’s General University Requirements (GURs). They then help students connect with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to ensure they receive support for completion of the degree and the transcript process. If you have any questions, or want additional information about reverse transfer, please contact Associate Director of Admissions Jeanne Gaffney at jeanne.gaffney@wwu.edu.

 

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Western using SCOIR

In order to provide more options for students and school counselors, Western recently signed on with SCOIR for the submission of supporting materials for the admission application process. For more information, please email me directly at cezar.mesquita@wwu.edu.

 

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Our Admissions Counselors

Western Admissions Counselors are eager to help students through their college search processes, from providing tips for applying to sharing their Western experiences. Get to know our counselors—we're here to help!

See the Whole Team

 

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