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Admissions Process

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

We Consider the Following Factors in Evaluating Applicants for Admission

  • Cumulative, weighted high school grade-point average
  • SAT/ACT/CLT score or interview (Please note: Applicants with a weighted GPA of at least 3.0 may request an interview in place of submitting their tests scores. Please see more about our interview option below.)
  • The academic rigor of the student's high school coursework
  • Academic recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor
  • The quality of the student's writing sample
  • The reputation of the student's high school
  • Participation in extracurricular, service and leadership activities

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

Freshman Applicants Must Submit the Following

  • Whitworth Application for Admission or Common Application for Freshman Applicants

    We never charge an application fee.

    Need help accessing your online application? Call the Whitworth Admissions Office at 509.777.4786.

  • Academic Recommendation Form or Letter of Recommendation

    The Academic Recommendation Form must be printed out and completed by a high school counselor or teacher and sent directly from the counselor/teacher to Whitworth. (Only one academic recommendation form is required; however, we will accept additional recommendation forms.) Your counselor/teacher may choose to submit a letter on school letterhead in lieu of (or in addition to) the recommendation form.

    Homeschool students, please see additional guidelines at the bottom of this page.

    Please ask your counselor/teacher to send the completed Academic Recommendation Form or letter of recommendation in one of the following ways:

    • by email to;
    • by fax to 509.777.3758 (Whitworth Admissions Office)
    • by regular mail to:
      Whitworth University
      Admissions Office
      300 W. Hawthorne Road
      Spokane, WA 99251
  • Official High School Transcript

    Your official high school transcript must be sent directly from your high school to the Whitworth Admissions Office in one of the following ways:

    • by regular mail to:
      Whitworth University
      Admissions Office
      300 W. Hawthorne Road
      Spokane, WA 99251
    • by fax to 509.777.3758
    • by electronic document service (Common Application, Naviance, Parchment, etc.)
  • SAT/ACT/CLT Score or Interview Option

    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.

    Please have your score report sent directly to Whitworth from the SAT/ACT testing service. When you take the test, list "Whitworth University" as one of the schools to automatically receive your score report.

    • To have your SAT score report sent to Whitworth, use code 4953.
    • To have your ACT score report sent to Whitworth, use code 4494.

    OR fax a copy of your SAT/ACT score report to 509.777.3758 (Whitworth Admissions Office).

    OR mail a copy to:
    Whitworth University
    Admissions Office
    300 W. Hawthorne Road
    Spokane, WA 99251

    For students taking the CLT, please send your scores directly through your CLT Student Profile after you have taken the test. 

    Interview option: Applicants with a cumulative weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited high school or home-school program may choose to EXCLUDE their SAT, ACT or CLT 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 1100, ACT scores below 22 or CLT scores below 64.

    Please note: SAT, ACT or CLT test scores can be considered in awarding Whitworth scholarships. Incoming freshmen enrolled at Whitworth full time will automatically receive the highest scholarship for which they qualify. Whitworth scholarships are based on a student's academic achievement and personal background. There is no application required and these scholarships are renewable up to four years if a student is enrolled full time and maintains satisfactory academic progress.

  • Additional Information (Optional)

    • Personal statement
    • List of activities/honors/awards
    • Résumé

    Mail hard copies of your additional information to:

    Whitworth University
    Admissions Office
    300 W. Hawthorne Road
    Spokane, WA 99251

    OR fax to 509.777.3758 (Whitworth Admissions Office)

    OR email to

What Happens Next?

After we receive your application, we will email you instructions on how to check the status of your application using Whitworth's application status page. 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 check on your application status.

Whitworth reviews applications on a "rolling" basis. After all of your application materials are received and processed by the Whitworth Admissions Office, you should expect a letter in the mail regarding Whitworth's admissions decision within about three weeks.

Admitted students may hold their spot in the incoming freshman class and gain access to the form to submit their housing preferences by submitting their $350 enrollment deposit. The deposit may be submitted anytime through May 1 and is fully refundable until that date.

Early Action Admission Program