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CWUP 5-90-020 Undergraduate Admission

(1) Admission

(A) Applicants must submit an application for admission.

(B) Applicants must pay a non-refundable application processing fee. Application fee waivers may be granted by the Office of Admissions.

(C) For initial admission, applicants must meet minimum standards as established by the State and CWU (see CWUP 5-90-020(2)). The Academic Affairs Committee may recommend more stringent standards as well as standards for automatic admission. Standards for initial admission will be established by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate in consultation with the Dean of Student Success. Adherence to established standards of admission will be monitored by the Academic Affairs Committee.

(2) First Year Applicants

(A) First Year applicants are either:

1. Those who will graduate from high school and enroll the summer or fall immediately following high school graduation, regardless of number of college credits
earned while in high school through Running Start, College in the High School, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), etc. or

2. Those who have earned fewer than 40 quarter hour college credits from an accredited two-or four-year college or university after high school graduation.

(B) First year applicants who meet the following two Initial Admissions criteria will receive priority consideration for admission.

1. The minimum level of preparation in the following six College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) course subject areas while in high school:

a. English (4 years)–to include literature and composition based. One year may be English electives, such as ESL.
b. Math (4 credits)-to include algebra I, algebra II, geometry and the fourth credit needs to be quantitative math-based course taken in the senior year of high school.
c. Lab Science (2 credits)–one credit required in an algebra based lab science
d. Social Sciences (3 years)
e. Foreign Language (2 years) of the same foreign language, Native American language, or American Sign language.
f. Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts (1 year) or one additional year of academic electives from letters a-e above.

2. Applicants must also meet grade point average (GPA) requirements as defined below:

a. Applicants with a 3.4 cumulative GPA or higher and have satisfied the State of Washington CADR requirements will be automatically admitted regardless of ACT or SAT scores*. Admission Essay is not required. (*Applicants must still submit an ACT or SAT test scores as they are used for placement in English and Math courses at CWU.)

b. Applicants with a 3.00-3.39 cumulative GPA who have satisfied the CADR
will be considered for admission based on grades and test scores. For applicants with CADR deficiencies, Admissions will take into account grade trends, course rigor, senior year course schedule, and ACT/SAT scores. Admissions Essay recommended.

c. Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.00–2.99 or CADR deficiencies will be considered through CWU’s holistic Comprehensive Review Process. In this process responses to essay questions, grade trends, course rigor, senior year course schedule, and ACT/SAT scores will be considered. Admissions Essay is required.

To be considered for admissions, students must have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all high school and any applicable college work.

(C) First year applicants deficient in any of the CADR areas or not meeting the GPA as defined above for initial admission may be considered through the comprehensive review process. (CWUP 5-90-020(6)).

(3) Transfer Applicants

(A) A transfer applicant is one who comes with 40 or more credits from an accredited two-or four-year college or university. Credits earned at other institutions will be evaluated to determine if they will count toward a CWU degree.

(B) Transfer students must submit official copies of all college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.


(4) Applicants Without High School Diplomas (including alternatively graduate
d applicants).

(A) Applicants who have not earned a high school diploma may be offered admission to the university.

(5) International Students

(5) International Students

(A) International students must meet the following minimum requirements for admission purposes:

1. Evidence of completion of the academic course work and national examinations that would qualify them to apply to colleges and universities in their native country.

2.  Evidence of English language competency for students from a non-English speaking country, demonstrated by submitting official results from one of the following:

a. Completion of CWU’s University English as a Second Language (UESL) program

b. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ( exam minimum score 71 iBT or 525 paper based

c. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 6.0

d. PTE Academic Pearson Test of English exam minimum score 50

e. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) minimum grade of C

f. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) minimum grade of C

g. Cambridge IGCSE/GCE/GCSE or a level result First Language English minimum grade of C

h. SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing minimum score of 530 for admissions. For placement into ENG 101, SAT Reading score of 27 or Writing and Language score of 26

i. ACT reading score of 19

j. International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level English grade of 5 or better

k. Completing two English department approved composition courses each with minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent rating from a regionally accredited U.S. college, university or an approved university partner.

l. Transfer from an approved university partner language program; or

m. Completion of school outside the US where the language of instruction was English. Official letter from school stating English was the language of instruction to be provided.

Students can petition for acceptance of English language proficiency through coursework taken at secondary level in their home country. These students must demonstrate high achievement in English language courses through submission of official high school transcripts. These cases will be evaluated and approved by CWU’s English language department in consultation with the Office of International Studies and Programs.

SAT/ACT* Students graduating from a foreign high school are not required to submit SAT/ACT exam scores for admissions purposes.

You are exempt from this requirement if you are a citizen of, or have received a bachelor’s degree from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Malawi, Micronesia, Namibia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

3. If English is the first language, the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree can be fulfilled by completing the basic skills foreign language requirement, passing the CLEP®, passing a foreign language course challenge exam, or obtaining approval from the Chair of World Languages.

4. Applicants transferring from U.S. institutions must have a minimum grade point average in transferable courses as established by the Academic Affairs Committee or DTA associate degree from an accredited Washington State community college (or approved out-of-state associate degree).

5. Adequate financial support for the student’s intended studies. Financial support will be judged based on applicant’s confidential financial statement and a current bank letter or guaranteed source of funding.

6. If all of the above conditions are met, the student is recommended for admissions by the international admissions counselors, and the Office of International Studies and Programs may issue the INS certificate of eligibility for F-1 status (Form 1-20).

(B) Exceptions to the above admissions requirements must be approved by the admissions review committee in consultation with the Assistant Vice President of International Studies and Programs.


(6) Alternative Admissions

(A) Applicants who do not meet initial admission criteria may be considered for alternative admission consideration by the Admissions Review Committee through the comprehensive review process. Such applicants include, but are not limited to, applicants who have been home-schooled; persons who are 18 or older and have neither completed high school nor 40 credits of college work elsewhere but have earned the GED; and applicants who are 25 or older who have poor academic histories and who have not attended school recently.

(B) Applicants without an associate degree must satisfy the foreign language admission requirement prior to completing a total of 135 credits.

(7) Leaves of Absence

(A) Students will automatically be granted a one quarter leave of absence for fall, winter or spring quarter as long as they were enrolled in classes the previous academic quarter, excluding summer.

(B) Leaves of absence may be granted for more than one quarter, but students must petition Registrar Services prior to the beginning of the second quarter for which the leave is sought.

(C) A student who attends another college or university while on a leave of absence must submit an official transcript from that school by the end of the quarter in which they return to CWU.

(8) Readmission of Former Students

(A) Matriculated students enrolled at CWU who discontinue their studies for one
calendar year without having been granted a leave of absence must reapply for admission to the university and pay the admission fee.

(9) Readmission of Former Students Due to Military Exigency

(A) CWU students called to active military service will be guaranteed enrollment in any quarter following a request for enrollment, provided the request is received within one hundred eighty (180) days of release from active duty. The application fee will be waived. Documentation of date of release from active duty must be provided.

(10) Provisional Enrollment

(A) Provisional enrollment may be allowed for applicants who are not able to provide transcripts or other information required for admission processing.

(B) Provisionally enrolled students have two quarters (including summer) to complete the admission process and demonstrate their eligibility for regular admission.

(11) Offer of Admission

(A) Admission to the University occurs only on valid offer of admission.

(B) An offer of admission is only valid for the academic quarter indicated in the acceptance letter. An applicant who chooses not to enroll for term accepted must reapply for a subsequent quarter.

(12) Applicants for Non-matriculated Status

(A) Non-matriculated status is given to those persons who are not seeking degrees or certificates at CWU.

(13) High School Enrichment Program

(A) Students who have not yet graduated from high school may be allowed to enroll on a space-available basis as non-matriculated students for courses that they need to advance academically.

(B) To be eligible for a high school enrichment program, students must have demonstrated superior academic performance or preparation in the area of study for which they are applying.

(C) High school enrichment applicants must have the approval of their high school principal, the Director of Admissions, and the chair of the appropriate department.

(14) Running Start - The University accepts students under the Running Start program as provided for in RCW 28a.600.300 through RCW 28a.600.400.

[06/2002; Responsibility: Faculty Senate; Authority: Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by Provost’s Council 04-29-2014:
Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 06/04/2014; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]

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