International Admissions Process
Are You an International Freshman or Transfer Applicant?
- An international student is one who requires a student visa, (an F-1 or J-1, for example) in order to study in the United States. If you are dual citizen, permanent resident or refugee, or if you hold a green card, then you are not considered an international student and you should not fill out the international application.
- A freshman, or first-year undergraduate applicant, is a student who is enrolled in, or has graduated from, a secondary school, and has not been enrolled in a university or other institution of higher education.
- A transfer applicant is currently enrolled in, or has been enrolled in, an institution of higher education, but will not have completed a four-year/bachelor's degree by the time he/she enrolls at Whitworth.
- International high school students in the U.S, please note: If you were, or are, currently enrolled in U.S. college or university courses authorized through your U.S. high school, you will be considered a freshman applicant, even if you receive(d) your A.A. degree concurrently with your high school diploma.
Are You Applying for a Second Bachelor's Degree?
Students with a bachelor's degree are welcome to apply for a second bachelor's-level program and may follow the application process guidelines below. However, please note that international students pursuing a second bachelor's degree are not eligible for scholarships or other financial aid.
Are You a Graduate Applicant?
If you have completed a four-year/bachelor's degree, you are eligible to apply to one of our graduate programs. You must fill out the application required by the specific graduate program and you must fulfill their admissions requirements.
Please see the graduate-program links below:
International Undergraduate Applicants Must Submit the Following:
- Either the Whitworth International Application (click here) or the Common Application (click here). There is no fee to apply.
- The TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers, with the following minimum scores:
- 79iBT or 6.5 IELTS for fall admission
- 88iBT or 7.0 IELTS for spring admission
- Native English speakers must submit scores from one of the following exams:
- SAT, ACT, IB test or A Levels
- Official secondary school transcripts
- Diploma and/or official external examination results
- Official college/university transcripts (if applicable)
- Two letters of recommendation: one from one of your class teachers and one from the school counselor or principal/headmaster
- An essay. Please follow the prompt on the application you are filling out. Note that this must be an original essay. Essays that are copied/plagiarized will result in the applicant being immediately disqualified as a potential candidate for admission.
- A financial guarantee with original bank documents is required. Please click here to learn more about academic scholarships.
Application and Deposit Deadlines
All application materials should be received by Whitworth no later than March 1 for fall admission or Oct. 15 for spring admission. To confirm enrollment at Whitworth, admitted students must submit a deposit of $5,000 by May 1 for fall enrollment or Nov. 15 for spring enrollment.
English Proficiency and Test Scores
- The TOEFL or IELTS score is required for students whose native language is not English, regardless of whether the language of instruction at your school is English.
- Scores must be sent directly by the testing agency. For information about the TOEFL and IELTS, please visit their websites: www.toefl.org and www.ielts.org.
- If you have taken the SAT and received minimum sub-scores of 550 in critical reading and 550 in writing, we will waive the TOEFL requirement.
SAT or ACT
- These test results must be sent directly to Whitworth by the testing agency:
- Whitworth school codes for the SAT and ACT:
- SAT Code: 4953
- ACT Code: 4494
- SAT II tests, or subject tests, are not required by Whitworth, although applicants are welcome to submit SAT II scores for consideration.
- Secondary school transcripts must be sent both in the original language and in English, by your school.
- If you have only one original copy of your transcripts and are unable to obtain another original, you may provide Whitworth with a photocopy that is certified by the school that issued the original. Photocopies certified by any other agency will not be accepted.
- Whitworth University reserves the right to ask for a WES evaluation, at the applicant's expense, to authenticate a transcript.
- All secondary school and college/university transcripts must show a clearly visible original stamp/seal from the issuing institution.
- For university students, a WES evaluation is required, at your expense, if you wish to apply university credit earned at an institution outside the U.S. Please visit www.wes.org for further information.
Whitworth and Secondary/High School Credits
- Whitworth University credit is available for IB tests. To see which scores and tests qualify, please visit
- Advanced Placement (AP) test scores may also be submitted, but not in place of SAT, ACT, IB or A Level exams. Whitworth University credit is available for AP tests. To see which scores and tests qualify, please visit
External Secondary School Examinations
International applicants must submit external examination results that signify completion of your secondary school program and show that you are qualified for university study. Whitworth accepts a range of tests that are standard in applicants' native countries. Examples of such tests include:
- The Abitur
- Cambridge Examinations (A Level, AS Level, O Level)
- Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Exam (Gao Kao) or High School Academic Proficiency Test (Xueye shuiping ceshi)
- International Baccalaureate
- West African Examinations Council Exams
Examination results must be verified by the individual examination authority. For example, Chinese credentials must be verified by the CDGDC; GCE exams taken in India must be verified by the Indian School Certificate Examinations; and students in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia must have their credentials verified by the West African Examination Council.
Students taking international O-level exams must have passes in five subjects with at least a grade of C in order to be eligible for admissions consideration.
Whitworth University is committed to global diversity on its campus and offers generous academic scholarship (including four types of Whitworth academic scholarships) and financial aid packages to qualified undergraduate international students, including freshman and transfer applicants. Students applying for aid must submit the Whitworth International Financial Aid Application. Please click here for information about our scholarships and to download the financial aid application.
Are You a Freshman or Transfer Student?
A freshman (first-year university student), is someone who is either currently enrolled in a secondary school, or who has graduated but not begun his or her studies at a university or other institution of higher education. If you are currently attending a university or college and wish to attend Whitworth, you would apply as a transfer student.
Contact and Mailing Information
All application materials, test scores and financial aid forms should be sent to the following address:
Assistant Director, International Admissions
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Telephone: + 1 (509) 777-4571
Fax: + 1 (509) 777-3780