To be eligible for admission and be admitted to freshman standing, students need to fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Graduate from an accredited high school
- Have at least a 2.75 unweighted cumulative high school grade point average.
Alternative to grade point requirement:
Applicants with a cumulative grade point average between 2.50 and 2.74 are eligible for admission if they receive a composite score of 21 on the ACT or a combined score of 1000 on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the SAT Reasoning Exam.
- Submit ACT or SAT Reasoning scores which include a standardized writing examination. Applicants with a 2.75 cumulative grade point average who graduated prior to 2012 are exempt from the ACT or SAT Reasoning scores requirement.
- Satisfactorily complete, with a grade of C- or better, 15 subject requirements (four in English, three in math culminating in algebra II or higher, three in science, three in social science and two in second language (two years of the same second language required).
Alternatives to the 15 subject requirements:
- Receive a minimum score of 470 on each of two College Board SAT Subject Tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student’s choice). Students who do not take a SAT Subject Test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another process
- Make up high school course deficiencies by taking college course(s) for specific subject requirements and achieve a grade of C- or better. Applicants are advised to contact the Office of Admissions for further information.
- Students who do not meet the second language requirement should refer to the second language requirement section.
- All students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau, must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 190 (paper score of 520). WOU will also accept Michigan Test scores. A minimum score of 75 is required for undergraduate admission and 80 for graduate admissions.
Note: If you do not meet these traditional admission requirements or alternatives, please see the Comprehensive Admission Review (Special Admissions) section, WOU: Application information, or contact the Admissions Office for a review of your eligibility.
Second language requirement
WOU requires two years of the same high school-level second language with a grade of C- or above, or acceptable performance on proficiency-assessment options. Demonstrated proficiency in an American Indian language can meet all or part of the second language requirement, as certified by the governing body of any federally recognized tribe. American Sign Language meets the second language requirement. The second language requirement applies to students graduating from high school in 1997 and thereafter.
Graduates of unaccredited high schools or home-schooled students
Students graduating from an unaccredited high school or who were home schooled must fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Receive a composite score of 21 on the ACT (including the Writing section) or a combined score of 1000 on the SAT Reasoning Exam (Critical Reading and Mathematics sections).
- Receive a minimum score of 470 on each of two College Board SAT Subject Tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student’s choice). Students who do not take a SAT Subject Test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another process.
- Meet the second language requirement (see second language requirement section above).
General Education Development (GED)
Students who did not graduate from high school but received a GED must fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Receive a minimum score of 410 on each of the five GED tests or a minimum score of 150 on each of the subtests for the 2014 GED.
- Receive an average score of 550 for the five tests or an average score of 170 for the four subtests on the 2014 GED.
- Meet the second language requirement, if graduating class would have been 1997 or later (see second language requirement section).
- Home-schooled students who received a GED are eligible for admission if they fulfill the above requirements.
When to apply
High school students can apply for admission after completion of their junior year. Students must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission available from WOU Admissions Office or apply online at www.wou.edu/apply. Grade point average and subject requirements will be verified on receipt of an official high school transcript.
Applications will be accepted through the end of the first week of classes. Students who wish to apply for financial aid, scholarships, or university housing are advised to contact the Office of Admissions regarding deadlines.
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