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.


Submit Official Test Scores

EWU’s SAT school code is 4301 and ACT school code is 4454. Ask ACT or CollegeBoard SAT to send your test scores directly to us.

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Submit Official High School Transcripts

Ask your high school to send your official transcripts directly to us through Parchment, Naviance or via mail. If you attended EWU for Running Start, we’ve already got your college transcripts.


Submit Official College Transcripts

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


Complete FAFSA

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


Apply for Scholarships

Complete the EWU Scholarship Application.

Already Started?

You can log in to the application you already started by visiting the EWU application system. Enter the username and password you created.

Application Deadlines for Undergraduate Students

 Winter 2021Spring 2020Summer 2020Fall 2020 (starts Sep. 25, 2020)
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Priority Application Deadline*NANANAFeb. 1, 2020
Final Application Deadline2 weeks prior to start of term2 weeks prior to start of term2 weeks prior to start of termVaries
FAFSA AvailableOct. 1, 2020Oct. 1, 2018Oct. 1, 2018Oct. 1, 2019
Priority FAFSA DateFeb. 1, 2020Feb. 1, 2019Feb. 1, 2019Feb. 1, 2020
Scholarship Application AvailableNov. 1, 2020Nov. 1, 2018Nov. 1, 2018Nov. 1, 2019
Scholarship Application DeadlineFeb. 1, 2020Feb. 1, 2019Feb. 1, 2019Feb. 1, 2020

*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. Earn a minimum SAT score of 1100 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24.
  3. 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 official 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 ACT or SAT scores.
  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

You can take either the ACT (without writing) or SAT test. Have your scores sent directly to EWU Admissions by the test company or your school’s college counselor. We can’t accept photocopies, digital scans or pictures of test scores.

We use these scores in the scholarship selection process and as a placement tool for 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.

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, 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.