While your academic performance is very important in the admissions decision, we believe that ability, potential and success are not measured exclusively by grades. Your essay response helps round out the picture of who you are and helps the Admissions Committee learn what is important to you and what qualities you would bring to Western's community. Western values the diverse experiences and perspectives that make you unique; the essay is your chance to tell your story.
Help the Admissions Committee better understand your potential for academic success and what you hope to gain from your experience at Western. A response to Question #1 is required, but you may respond to more than one if applicable. We want to reassure you that there are no "right" or "wrong" responses and the number of questions to which you respond is up to you. We recommend 300-500 words per question (this is not a firm limit but a recommended range).
- Tell us about your educational and/or professional goals. What are you interested in studying and why? Describe any steps you've taken to prepare for your intended major, related life skills, enrichment activities, future plans, etc. In addition, feel free to address what makes Western Washington University a good match for your interests.
- Western benefits from a student body whose energy and interests extend beyond the classroom. What interests or significant activities enrich your life?
- Describe any special circumstances or hurdles that have challenged you personally or academically, and steps you have taken to move beyond those challenges.
Once you've started your online Freshman Application for Admission and Scholarships, you will be able to save your application and return to make changes at any time before final submission. When you are ready to submit your application, you will be asked to provide a credit or debit card, over a secure connection, to pay the $60 application fee. If you are requesting a fee waiver you will have the opportunity to do so at that time.
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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.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis – most Regular Decision applicants will receive an admission decision by early April. Students will be notified in writing of their admissions decision. We appreciate your patience in this process to ensure every application is carefully reviewed.
Applying by mail
Print out and complete the Freshman Application for Admission & Scholarships [pdf] and mail it and a check or money order for the $60 application fee to:
Western Washington University
Office of Admissions
Old Main 200, MS 9009
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9009
Please review the complete application instructions before you submit your application. A complete application includes:
- The FreshmanApplication for Admission and Scholarships, including essay and activities list
- $60 non-refundable application fee (fee waiver may be available based on financial need)
- Unofficial high school transcript, or certificate or diploma of high school equivalency (such as the GED), submitted electronically or by mail
- Official ACT or SAT scores sent from the testing agency or your high school