Prospective Freshman Admissions

Interview Option Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of student is best suited for the interview option?
    The interview option is best suited for students who have done well in their high school courses but feel that their SAT or ACT test scores do not reflect their academic abilities. Evidence shows that a student's record of accomplishment and involvement over a four-year period in high school can be a stronger indicator of academic success in college than a standardized test score. Just indicate on your online Whitworth University Freshman Application form or Common Application to Whitworth that you want the interview option instead of submitting your test scores.

  • What GPA is required to be eligible for the interview option?
    Students with a high school cumulative weighted GPA of 3.0 and above may choose to have their test scores excluded from the application process and be interviewed instead. If your cumulative weighted GPA is below 3.0, you are required to submit SAT or ACT test scores as part of your Whitworth application.
  • I am currently home-schooled. Am I eligible for the interview option?
    Because of the wide variety of homeschool methods and experiences, home-schooled students who will not be graduating from an accredited home school program must include SAT or ACT scores as part of their Whitworth application. Students graduating from accredited homeschool programs are eligible for the interview option as long as they have an official transcript demonstrating a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.0 or above.

  • How is the interview scheduled and what will the interview include?
    Once you've submitted your online application and the Whitworth Admissions Office has received your official high school transcript (verifying that your cumulative weighted GPA is 3.0 or above) and the Academic Recommendation Form, we will contact you to schedule a phone interview with a Whitworth admissions representative.

    After your interview is scheduled, we will e-mail you two articles to read in preparation for your interview. The interview questions will concern the content of the articles as well as your academic background. The interview will take about 20 minutes and will focus on academics, since the interview takes the place of test scores in your application for admission to Whitworth.
  • I've already sent my SAT/ACT test scores to Whitworth. Can I still have my scores excluded from my application and do an interview instead?
    Yes. Even though we may have your test score on file, you may choose not to have them considered as part of your application for admission– as long as you make this request before your application is reviewed by the admissions committee. We will schedule an interview with you and the results of the interview will replace your test scores in the application process.

    If you've already sent your test scores to Whitworth but you would prefer to be interviewed, please call the Whitworth Admissions Office at 800.533.4668 to request this change.
  • Are SAT/ACT test scores required to be eligible for Whitworth's top academic scholarships?
    Several of Whitworth's Academic Scholarships can be earned solely based on high school GPA, regardless of your ACT/SAT scores.  Depending on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, however, submitting your scores may make you eligible for a higher merit scholarship. Incoming freshmen enrolled at Whitworth full time will automatically receive the highest academic scholarship for which they qualify, based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score information received in the admissions office by March 1. Whitworth will renew the academic scholarship each year a student is enrolled full time and maintains satisfactory academic progress.

  • What else are my SAT/ACT test scores required for?
    Because Whitworth uses students' standardized test scores for academic advising and course placement, all accepted freshmen must provide their SAT/ACT scores, if they have them, prior to enrolling at Whitworth.