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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. SAT/ACT/CLT score or interview option

    Please have your score report sent directly to Whitworth from the testing service. Whitworth considers students' SAT, ACT or CLT superscore (composite of the highest subscore of each section of the test – potentially from multiple test dates). No preference is given to one type of test over another.

    Interview option: Applicants with a cumulative weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited high school or homeschool program may choose to exclude their test scores from consideration in the application process. Applicants who choose this option on their Whitworth application will be contacted by the admissions office to schedule a phone interview. The majority of Whitworth applicants who choose this option have SAT scores below 1000, ACT scores below 19 or CLT scores below 64. See the interview option page for additional information.
  3. Official high school transcript

    Your official high school transcript must be sent directly from your high school to the Whitworth Admissions Office through your school's electronic document service, by email to or by mail (see address below).
  4. Optional for U.S. citizens/permanent residents: 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 at the bottom of this page.

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
  • 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

Freshman 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: May 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 freshman class and gain access to the form to submit their housing preferences by paying their $350 enrollment deposit. The deposit may be paid anytime through May 1 and is fully refundable until that date.