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Admissions Process

Whitworth University seeks well-rounded, academically qualified students who are equipped to succeed in our challenging and supportive environment.

Application Requirements

  1. Apply for free

  2. High school transcript

    Your unofficial (or official) high school transcript(s) must be sent to the Whitworth Admissions Office through your school's electronic document service, by email to or by mail (see address below).
  3. Optional: SAT/ACT/CLT scores

    Students with five or more classes from an accredited high school or college (e.g., Running Start) have the option of whether to submit test scores with their application. Students who have only attended non-accredited homeschool programs or who received competency-based grades with no cumulative GPA are required to submit test scores.

  4. Optional: Academic recommendation form or letter of recommendation

    A high school teacher or counselor may complete our Academic Recommendation Form or write a letter of recommendation and send it directly to Whitworth at or by mail (see address below).

    Homeschool students, please see additional guidelines here.

Additional Factors Considered in the Application Process

  • The academic rigor of the student's high school coursework
  • The quality of the student's writing sample (optional)
  • The reputation of the student's high school
  • Participation in extracurricular, service and leadership activities

Where to Send Application Materials

  • Email:
  • Mail: Office of Admissions
    Whitworth University
    300 W. Hawthorne Road
    Spokane, WA 99251
  • Fax: 509.777.3758

First-Year Application Deadlines

  • Early Action I: Nov. 15
  • Early Action II: Jan. 15
  • Regular Decision: March 1 (Applications are accepted after March 1 and are considered on a space-available basis.)
  • Enrollment Deposit: June 1

What Happens Next?

After we receive your application, we will email you instructions on how to check your application's status. If you don't receive an email within two weeks of submitting your application, please call the Whitworth Admissions Office at 509.777.4786 to receive instructions for accessing your application status page.

Whitworth reviews applications on a "rolling" basis. After all of your application materials are received and processed by the Whitworth Admissions Office, you should receive your admissions decision within three weeks or less.

Admitted students may hold their spot in the incoming class and gain access to the form to submit their housing preferences by paying their $350 ($1,000 for international students) enrollment deposit. The deposit may be paid anytime through June 1 and is fully refundable until that date.

Prior to starting classes at Whitworth, new enrolling first-year students will be required to provide a high school diploma, the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma or be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in Washington state.

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