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Western Washington University Admission Requirements

Bellingham, Washington

Chances of getting into Western Washington University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
87.7%
Admission Difficulty for Western Washington University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Western Washington University and can I get accepted? The school has a 88% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,751 out of 11,124 applicants were admitted making Western Washington University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 41 percent. Western Washington University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Western Washington University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1080-1280
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 630
SAT Composite 75th 1280
Average SAT Score 1180

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

Western Washington University typically requires 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. The school ranks #7 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Washington University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1280 and Above Good >93%
1180 to 1280 Avg + 88%-93%
1080 to 1180 Avg - 81%-88%
980 to 1080 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 980 Low <72%
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Western Washington University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
26%
ACT Scores for Western Washington University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Western Washington University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
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 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Washington University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >93%
25 to 29 Avg + 88%-93%
22 to 25 Avg - 82%-88%
19 to 22 Reach 75%-82%
Less than 19 Low <75%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.42
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need 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 3.42 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 3.42 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Western Washington University accepts 88% 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
3.75+ 21% Good
3.50 to 3.75 23% Good
3.25 to 3.50 26% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 11% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

55% 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 23%
Top 25% of class 55%
Top 50% of class 89%
Bottom 50% of class 11%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Western Washington University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,744 4,380 11,124
Accepted 5,994 3,757 9,751
Acceptance Rate 89% 86% 88%
Enrolled 1,864 1,283 3,147
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 34% 32%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Washington University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Western Washington University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

88% of those who apply are granted admission to Western Washington University. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1080 and 1280. 84% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 29. 26% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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