How to Apply

How to Apply for Admission as a Freshman

This information is for high school students, homeschool students and students completing their GED. If you’re taking both high school and college classes at the same time, you’re considered a freshman student.


Apply Online

Complete the online admission application and pay the $60 application fee.

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Submit Test Scores or a Test Alternative

EWU is test optional. This means you don’t have to submit test scores if you’d prefer not to. You have several options and only need to submit one:

  • a recommendation letter from a current teacher or counselor
  • evidence of rigorous high school coursework such as AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge courses
  • evidence of college success as an EWU Running Start student
  • evidence of college success as a Running Start Student
  • evidence of college success as a College in the High School student as demonstrated by GPAs of 2.5 for college-level English or 2.5 for college-level math
  • official SAT or ACT scores submitted directly from the testing agency or recorded on an official high school transcript
  • unofficial SAT or ACT scores

If you send test scores, EWU’s SAT school code is 4301 and our ACT school code is 4454. You can ask ACT or CollegeBoard SAT to send your test scores directly to us, or you can send us a copy yourself.

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Submit High School Transcripts

You can send your unofficial transcripts yourself, or you can ask your high school to send them directly to us through Parchment, Naviance or via mail.

If you’re admitted, you’ll need to ask your school to send your final official transcripts to us before the start of the term.


Submit College Transcripts

You can send your official college transcripts, or you can ask your college to send your official transcripts directly to us through Parchment, Naviance or via mail. Remember to include transcripts from any colleges or universities you attended.

If you attended EWU for Running Start, we’ve already got your college transcripts.


Complete the FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA online. EWU’s FAFSA code is 003775.


Apply for Scholarships

Complete the EWU Scholarship Application.

Already Started?

Perfect! Log in to your application with the username and password you created. You’ll be able to pick up where you left off.

Application Deadlines for Undergraduate Students

 Fall 2021Winter 2022Spring 2022
Application OpensApplyApplyApply
Priority Application Deadline*March 1, 2021NANA
Final Application DeadlineSept. 1, 2021        
2 weeks prior to start of term2 weeks prior to start of term
FAFSA AvailableOct. 1, 2020Oct. 1, 2020Oct. 1, 2020
Priority FAFSA DateMarch 1, 2021Feb. 1, 2021Feb. 1, 2021
Scholarship Application AvailableNov. 1, 2020Nov. 1, 2020Nov. 1, 2020
Scholarship Application DeadlineMarch 1, 2021Feb 1, 2021Feb 1, 2021

*When you complete an admissions application by the priority application deadline, you will be automatically considered for most new student scholarships.

Freshman Student Admission Requirements

There are two paths to admission to EWU as a high school student.

  1. Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Complete a series of required high school classes.

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

  1. We’ll look at your grades from high school and college, how hard your classes were, your senior year course schedule, and your test scores or test alternative.
  2. To be able to get into EWU, you must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA in high school and any applicable college work.
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Required High School Classes

The College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) are a series of high school classes required to attend a public university in Washington. If you’ll be a freshman or high school student at EWU, here’s the list of classes you need to take.
3Social Sciences
2Laboratory Science (One credit algebra-based)
2World Language (ASL accepted)
1Fine Art (May be replaced by one credit from any other category)
3Mathematics (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.

Running Start students have to meet CADR requirements, too.

ACT or SAT Test Scores

EWU is test optional. You are not required to submit test scores to be considered for admission. You will have to show that you’re ready for college, however, but you can do that several ways. (See above!)

If you do take a test, you can take either the ACT (without writing) or SAT test. You can have your scores sent directly to EWU Admissions by the test company or your school’s college counselor. You can also send a photocopy, digital scan or picture of test scores.

If you send test scores, we may use these scores in the scholarship selection process and as a placement tool for English courses.

We may 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.

Transferring College Credits

If you already have college credit, your college transcripts will be evaluated after you’re admitted. EWU will figure out how your classes transfer and what classes you can take next.

If you were an EWU Running Start student, all of your EWU Running Start credits will transfer directly. To gain a better understanding of what college credits may transfer to EWU, you’ll want to explore the Eastern Transfer Guide.

EWU’s Non-discrimination Policy

Eastern Washington University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.