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Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2397

Freshman Admission Requirements

You have two paths to admission to EWU as a freshman.

Admission Path #1: Automatic Admission

  1. Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale
  2. Earn a minimum SAT score of 1100 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24
  3. Complete a series of required high school classes. Scroll down to view the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) section for a list of these classes.

If this is you, you'll be automatically admitted. (You still have to submit your application, official transcripts, essays, and official ACT or SAT scores!) This is why working hard in high school pays off.

Admission Path #2: The Review Process

  1. We'll look at your short essay responses, all of your grades from high school and college, the difficulty of the classes you took, your senior year course schedule and your ACT or SAT scores.
  2. To be admissible, students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA in high school and any applicable college work.

Required High School Classes (called CADR in Washington)

The College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) are a series of required high school classes that freshmen and first-year students have to take in order to attend a public university in Washington. If you're going to be a freshman or first-year student at EWU, here's the list of classes you need to take in high school. Running Start students have to meet CADR requirements, too.

  • 4 credits of English
  • 3 credits of social sciences
  • 2 credits of laboratory science (1 credit algebra based)
  • 2 credits of world language (ASL accepted)
  • 1 credit of fine art (may be replaced by 1 credit from any other category)
  • 3 credits of mathematics including algebra I, algebra II, and geometry*

*Be sure to take a math-based quantitative course in your senior year. Acceptable courses include algebra I, algebra II, geometry, pre-calculus and above, math analysis, statistics, applied math, appropriate career and technical courses, or an algebra-based science course such as chemistry or physics. If you take and pass pre-calculus, math analysis or calculus prior to your senior year, you're exempt from this requirement.

ACT or SAT Test Scores

You can take either the ACT (without writing) or SAT test. We use these scores in the scholarship selection process and as a placement tool for Eastern English courses.

We also use test scores to better understand your academic capabilities and potential for success as a scholar, especially if your GPA is low or if you didn't complete the CADRs.

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