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Admission Process

Freshman Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited high school with a standard diploma.
  • Have a cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 2.75 or higher. (Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.75, please see note below.)
  • Complete the following courses upon high school graduation with a minimum of C- or Pass grade:
    • 4 years in English
    • 3 years in math (including algebra II or higher)
    • 3 years in science 
    • 2 years in social science
    • 2 years in the same second language
  • Optional: Submission of ACT or SAT scores is optional for freshman applicants. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.75 are encouraged, but not required, to provide ACT or SAT scores as part of the admission review process.

Note: Applicants who do not meet these admission requirements may be considered for admission by the director of Admissions or the Comprehensive Admission Review Committee. Please review the Comprehensive Review page for more information.

Graduates of Unaccredited High Schools or Home-Schooled Students

Application review for home-schooled students and students from non-accredited schools is a holistic process. Please provide as many of the following as possible for us to consider:

  • Completed WOU application
  • Transcripts (high school or home-school and college)
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • College Board SAT subject tests
  • Graduates of unaccredited high schools and home-schooled students are also eligible for admission if they fulfill the GED requirements.
General Education Development (GED)
  • 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 subject requirements).


When to Apply

Priority Deadline*: January 15 of your senior year

Scholarship Deadline: March 1 of your senior year

*WOU features rolling admissions, meaning it reviews applications throughout the year and applicants can select the start term of their choice. For those hoping to start the next fall, we will start sending out decisions on completed files starting September 1 of the previous year. Fall term applicants are encouraged to apply for admission by Jan. 15 so that, if accepted, they can access the scholarship application. After a file is complete and all application materials are received, Admissions strives to complete the review process with two weeks. Notification of admission is shared via email.

Comprehensive Review
Students who do not meet the regular admission requirements may be asked to submit additional items. Please see our Comprehensive Review page for details.

Change of Entry Term
**If you plan to begin attending WOU during a term within the same academic year other than the one for which you applied, you must request a change of entry term in writing. Please send an email to Admissions at to request a change in entry term.

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