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Interview Option

What type of student is best suited for the interview option?

The interview option is best suited for students who have done well in their high school courses but feel that their SAT, ACT or CLT test scores do not reflect their academic abilities. Evidence shows that a student's record of accomplishment and involvement over a four-year period in high school can be a stronger indicator of academic success in college than a standardized test score. Just indicate on your online Whitworth University Freshman Application form or the Whitworth section of The Common Application that you want the interview option instead of submitting your test scores. The majority of Whitworth applicants who choose this option have SAT scores below 1000, ACT scores below 19 or CLT scores below 64.

What GPA is required to be eligible for the interview option?

Students with a cumulative, weighted high school GPA of 3.0 and above may choose to have their test scores excluded from the application process and be interviewed instead. If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you are required to submit SAT, ACT or CLT test scores as part of your Whitworth application.

I am currently homeschooled. Am I eligible for the interview option?

Homeschool students who have taken five or more academic courses from an accredited high school or college program and have earned a weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher may choose to complete an admissions interview rather than submitting test scores.

How is the interview scheduled and what will the interview include?

Once you've submitted your admissions application and the Whitworth Admissions Office has received your official high school transcript (verifying that your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above), we will contact you to schedule a phone interview with a Whitworth admissions representative.

The primary goal of the interview is to allow us to get to know you better – your academic and co-curricular interests, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, and what attracts you to Whitworth. The interview will last about 10-15 minutes. At the end of the interview, you will be given a chance to ask any questions you have related to Whitworth.

I've already sent my SAT/ACT/CLT test scores to Whitworth. Can I still have my scores excluded from my application and do an interview instead?

Yes. Even though we may have your test score on file, you may choose not to have them considered as part of your application for admission – as long as you make this request before your application is reviewed by the admissions committee. We will schedule an interview with you and the results of the interview will replace your test scores in the admissions review process.

If you've already sent your test scores to Whitworth but would prefer to be interviewed, please call the Whitworth Admissions Office at 509.777.4786 as soon as possible.

What else are my SAT/ACT/CLT test scores required for?

Because Whitworth uses students' standardized test scores for academic advising and course placement, all admitted freshmen are encouraged to provide their SAT/ACT/CLT scores, if they have them, prior to enrolling at Whitworth. These test scores will help with class placement and academic advising.