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Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate93%

Western Washington University Admissions

Western Washington University is moderately difficult to get into. Western Washington University admitted 93% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 11,864 applications received in 2023, 10,997 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Western Washington University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/31 and the fee for the application costs $65.

Students who submit their applications to Western Washington University for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than September 15.

Western Washington University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Western Washington University's admissions stats.

Western Washington University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Mean SAT Score 1240
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 12%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 2%
Waitlist No

Western Washington University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Western Washington University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 31
Regular Decision Yes 1 31 September 15

Applying Early to Western Washington University?

Western Washington University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Western Washington University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 31.

Western Washington University accepts about 97% of early action applicants and 93% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Western Washington University admitted 3,739 of the 3,839 who applied early action.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Western Washington University Admissions

How To Get Into Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Western Washington University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Western Washington University accepted 93% of students, approximately 10,997 from the 11,864 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Western Washington University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Western Washington University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Western Washington University

Western Washington University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Western Washington University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Western Washington University

Wondering what factors are considered by Western Washington University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Western Washington University for more information on admission factors.

Western Washington University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Western Washington University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Western Washington University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Western Washington University?

Students admitted to Western Washington University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Western Washington University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 12% of Western Washington University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 2% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Western Washington University?

To be competitive with other Western Washington University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1140 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Western Washington University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Western Washington University student is 1240.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Western Washington University students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Western Washington University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

To be most competitive at Western Washington University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Western Washington University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Western Washington University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on Transferring to Western Washington University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Western Washington University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Western Washington University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Western Washington University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Western Washington University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Western Washington University.

Does Western Washington University accept transfer credits?

✅ Western Washington University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Western Washington University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Western Washington University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Western Washington University?

❌ No, Western Washington University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Western Washington University's acceptance rate?

✅ Western Washington University has an acceptance rate of 93%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Western Washington University?

❌ Western Washington University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Western Washington University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Western Washington University was 97% in 2021.

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Western Washington University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Western Washington University? Western Washington University is a somewhat selective institution. The Western Washington University acceptance rate is 93%. This means that the institution accepts 92 out of every 100 applicants.


Western Washington University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Western Washington University is Jan 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Western Washington University is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Western Washington University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1340


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

590 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1140 to 1340


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Western Washington University students is 1240. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Western Washington University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Western Washington University.

Western Washington University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Western Washington University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.49. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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