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 as soon as possible 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
Submitting application materials
To help the Admissions Office match your documents with your application, we recommend you include your full name and birth date 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
Applying for financial aid
While not required as part of the admissions process, we encourage you to apply for financial aid.
- Application: fafsa.ed.gov
- Financial Aid application priority deadline: January 31
- Western's Federal School Code: 003802
If you are a non-citizen eligible for resident tuition under HB 1079, please submit the WASFA to apply for student financial aid.
Equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation
Western Washington University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request an accommodation in the application process, contact disAbility Resources for Students, (360) 650-3083 (voice), (360) 650-7175 (VP), email@example.com. One week advance notice is appreciated. To request application materials in an alternate format, please contact the Associate Director of Admissions, Office of Admissions, (360) 650-3440, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the transfer application instructions to ensure your application is complete. A complete application includes the following:
- 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
- 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 an Extended Education program, visit the Extended Education site for details about your application.
While academic achievement is the most significant factor in the review process, the Admissions Committee considers many factors when making an admissions decision. Our comprehensive review process also considers clarity of academic goals, completion of major prerequisites and related experiences, number of transfer credits and distribution of current students, contributions to and/or experiences with multiculturalism, special talent, personal circumstances, and space availability.
Minimum requirements for transfer admission include a 2.00 cumulative transferable GPA and a 2.00 in the quarters prior to application review and enrollment. Because the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available enrollment spaces, meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
To strengthen your application for admission to Western:
- Complete college-level math and English prior to submitting your application for admission.
- Familiarize yourself with the requirements for your intended major and complete as many prerequisites as possible prior to transfer.
- Complete courses that fulfill Western's General University Requirements (GUR) whenever possible. (Note: Students who plan to transfer with a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate's Degree from a Washington State community college generally have all their GUR fulfilled.)
- Help the Admissions Committee understand you better by submitting an essay that addresses your academic goals, related experiences and/or preparatory course work, and any academic challenges you have overcome.
- Students applying with fewer than 45 completed transferable quarter credits must meet freshman admission requirements and should demonstrate strong academic achievement in high school.