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Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions COVID-19 Response

We know that COVID-19 has impacted and disrupted the admissions/enrollment process for students applying to/enrolling at Whitworth for fall 2021. The following FAQ is specifically designed to address the needs of these students and families. If you have any questions that go beyond the list below, please reach out to the admissions office at or 509.777.4786.

Do I still have to notify you of my decision by May 1?

We have extended our first-year enrollment deposit deadline to June 1, 2020, to allow more time for students who need it. The transfer student deadline remains Aug. 1. However, we continue to encourage students to deposit by May 1 if possible as we will proceed as planned with early class registration and housing assignments to facilitate a smooth transition for fall semester.

How will Whitworth handle transcript requirements when high schools are having delays?

For students attending high schools who are unable to send us an official high school transcript at this time, we will accept an unofficial transcript or a grade report in order to make an admissions decision. The documents must include grades and credits assigned for each class. We will use a weighted GPA for courses that have been completed. Transcripts or grade reports can be sent to

Where can we find the most up-to-date information about how COVID-19 is affecting operations at Whitworth?

We are committed to regular and transparent communication with all of our community members, including prospective students and families.

The latest Whitworth-related information is available at

What will Whitworth do for incoming first-year/transfer students if they're unable to start on campus in the fall?

We are planning to begin fall semester as scheduled, with move-in for new students taking place on Sept. 5 and classes starting on Sept. 9. If necessary, we will temporarily adjust operations to ensure the health and well-being of our community, but we will return to normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so. Whether online or in person, Whitworth will offer a highly relational, student-centered, mind-and-heart education. We will provide regular updates to prospective students and families.

Are you still accepting AP credit for tests taken this spring?

Yes, we will continue to accept AP test credit following our existing policy.

If my family's financial situation has changed, would I be eligible for additional financial resources?

Please reach out to your personal admissions counselor at or 509.777.4786 to inform them of your changing financial circumstances. They can coordinate with the financial aid office to explore additional resources that may be available to help your situation.

Can I still earn the Visit Scholarship even though I can no longer visit campus in person?

Yes! For students who have not already qualified for the one-time, $1,000 Visit Scholarship, we are now offering an online option to incoming first-year students (current high school seniors) and transfer students enrolling in fall 2020 who register for, and fully participate in, two virtual visit programs. Students who have already qualified for the Visit Scholarship can't receive another, but they are still encouraged to participate in these interactive webinars! You can register for our virtual events at

Is the Honors Jan Term trip to Italy still happening?

While things seem unpredictable at the moment, we are still accepting applications for our Honors off-campus study program in Jan Term 2021. We hope the COVID-19 situation allows the trip to Italy to happen safely. However, we are actively exploring alternate locations in the U.S. to offer the same academic program. We will be in communication with students who have applied for our Honors Jan Term should there be any changes in the itinerary.

I had planned to take the SAT/ ACT in April but it's canceled, what are my options?

We offer test-optional admission. Students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.8 or higher can request a short phone interview instead of submitting test scores with their application. Please contact your admissions counselor or email to set up a phone interview in place of your test scores to complete your application file.

You can also still take the CLT exam remotely on your computer with a proctor (a non-family member who is 21 years of age or older). Check out the Upcoming CLT Exam Dates and the Proctor Contract for more information.

How do I connect with a faculty member to learn more about Whitworth's academic programs?

We would be happy to schedule a 25-minute phone or video call with one of our faculty members. Faculty members from several academic departments have set aside time to answer any questions you have about your area of academic interest. Please contact your admissions counselor at for assistance in setting up an appointment.

How do I connect with one of Whitworth's athletic coaches?

Our coaches want to hear from you! Please visit our athletics website at, select "Recruits" on the main menu bar, choose the varsity sport you are interested in pursuing, and fill out the form with your contact information. This is the best way for our coaches to get to know you.

For high school seniors who had to drop some classes because of COVID-19, how will that affect admission & first-year pre-reqs?

Please call our admissions office at 509.777.4786 or email to speak with your admissions counselor.