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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take certain subjects/courses in high school?

We do not have requirements for a specific set of courses to take, but we do recommend a rigorous college-preparatory schedule. Such a schedule usually includes four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, two years of social studies, two years of history and two years of foreign language.

What's your policy regarding Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework?

We accept some credits received through AP or IB classes. For more information, check out our Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate pages.

Which standardized tests do you accept?

We accept scores from the SAT and/or the ACT test; there is no preference given to one test over the other. We also super-score test results, combining the highest scores from each subsection of the test, possibly from multiple test dates. And applicants with cumulative, weighted high-school GPAs of 3.0 or higher may choose to do a phone interview with an admissions counselor instead of submitting their SAT or ACT scores.

  • SAT: We consider the Math, Critical Reading and Writing sections for tests taken before March 1, 2016 (2400 point scale).
    We consider the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections for tests taken after March 1, 2016 (1600 point scale).
  • ACT: We consider the composite score; we do not require the writing portion (36 point scale).
  • We do not accept SAT II Subject tests.

Is there a minimum GPA and ACT/SAT test score required to apply to Whitworth?

No – we review all completed applications. However, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the interview option (in place of submitting your SAT/ACT test scores as part of your application).

If I take the SAT or ACT more than once, which scores will you review?

We superscore your results, combining your highest scores from each subsection of the test , possibly from multiple test dates, to give you the highest possible overall score. However, we will not be able to superscore between the old (2400 point scale) and the new (1600 point scale) SAT test attempts. Superscoring is the college practice of looking at the highest scores a student has earned on each section of a test, even if the tests were taken on different dates, and combining them into a composite score. Because the two versions of the SAT will differ significantly, the College Board (which administers the SAT) advises against superscoring across the two types of SAT. If you took the old SAT multiple times we will superscore your scores from the old exam, and if you take the new SAT multiple times we will superscore your scores from the new exam, but we will not combine your superscores from the two versions.

If I'm taking community college classes while I'm in high school, do I apply to Whitworth as a freshman or as a transfer college student?

If you take college classes before you receive your high school diploma, you will apply as a freshman. At the time of acceptance we will determine your eligibility for freshman Academic Scholarships. If you complete a full quarter or more of college classes after you receive your high school diploma (beyond the summer session), you will apply as a transfer student.

Where can I find a printable application?

Our Whitworth applications are only available online.

I've already been accepted, and I want to enroll at Whitworth. What do I need to do?

Congratulations – we're so glad you're coming to Whitworth! A $350 enrollment deposit reserves your place in the entering freshmen class.

  • Since the deposit is fully refundable until May 1, if you are considering Whitworth we welcome you to submit your deposit at any time after you have been accepted. Housing placement and registration for classes are processed in the order of the time we receive your deposit.
  • You may submit your deposit online at This online form allows you to pay your deposit via a secure website by credit card or electronic check. You will need your student I.D. number, which is located in your acceptance packet. If you do not remember your student I.D. number please call the admissions office at 800.533.4668. 

Are there academic scholarships available to incoming freshmen?

Incoming freshmen enrolled at Whitworth full time will automatically receive the highest Academic Scholarship for which they qualify, based on cumulative, weighted high school GPAs and SAT/ACT test scores. If a weighted GPA is not available on a student's high school transcript, Whitworth will weight all honors, AP and IB classes on a 4.5 scale. Whitworth will renew the academic scholarship each year a student is enrolled full time and maintains satisfactory academic progress.

Are resources available for students who need additional educational support?

The Whitworth Office of Educational Support Services (ESS) works with individual students to determine the level of support needed. Our goal is to serve all students and assist each in becoming an integral part of the campus community. If you have questions regarding requests for services, please contact the ESS office at 509.777.4534 or email Craig Chatriand, Associate Dean of Community Standards & Compliance at or call 509.777.4655.