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Western Washington University Admission Requirements

Bellingham, Washington

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Chances of getting into Western Washington University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
94%
Admission Difficulty for Western Washington University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Western Washington University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Western Washington University is 94%.  It ranks #20 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Western Washington University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 9,556 out of 10,219 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 41 percent (SAT 1080/1270 ACT 22/28). Western Washington University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.45. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Western Washington University application fee is $60 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Western Washington University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 84% of students submitted SAT scores and 26% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Western Washington University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1080-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT 
84%
SAT Scores for Western Washington University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1080
SAT Scores for Western Washington University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1270
Average SAT Score 1180

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Washington University?

Western Washington University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 45 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1080 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. Western Washington University ranks #6 in Washington for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Washington University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1270 and Above Good >97%
1175 to 1270 Avg + 94%-97%
1080 to 1175 Avg - 89%-94%
985 to 1080 Reach 81%-89%
Less than 985 Low <81%
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Western Washington University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
26%
ACT Scores for Western Washington University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Western Washington University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Western Washington University?

Admission data indicates that Western Washington University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score. 26 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Washington University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Washington University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >97%
25 to 28 Avg + 94%-97%
22 to 25 Avg - 89%-94%
19 to 22 Reach 81%-89%
Less than 19 Low <81%
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Western Washington University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.45
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Western Washington University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Western Washington University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Washington University was 3.45 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.45 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Western Washington University accepts 94% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Western Washington University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 29.2% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.8% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.9% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.4% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.7% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

57% of Western Washington University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Western Washington University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 57%
Top 50% of class 93%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Western Washington University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,257 3,962 10,219
Accepted 5,883 3,673 9,556
Acceptance Rate 94% 93% 94%
Enrolled 1,507 987 2,494
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 27% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Washington University is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Washington University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Western Washington University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Western Washington University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=237011 IPEDS survey data for Western Washington University.

FAQs

Does Western Washington University prefer SAT or ACT?

84% of students submit their SAT scores to Western Washington University. 26% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Western Washington University?

94% of those who apply are granted admission to Western Washington University. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Western Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1080 and 1270. 84% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Western Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 28. 26% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.