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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 or ACT 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 1100 or ACT scores below 22.

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 or ACT test scores as part of your Whitworth application.

I am currently home-schooled. Am I eligible for the interview option?

Because of the wide variety of homeschool methods and experiences, home-schooled students who will not be graduating from an accredited home school program must include SAT or ACT scores as part of their Whitworth application. Students graduating from accredited homeschool programs are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores and are eligible for the interview option as long as they have an official transcript demonstrating a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

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.

After your interview is scheduled, we will email you two articles to read in preparation for your interview. The interview questions will concern the content of the articles as well as your academic background and your college interests. The interview will take about 20 minutes and is designed to be conversational – similar to the kind of discussion you might have in a high school English class.

I've already sent my SAT/ACT 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 800.533.4668 as soon as possible.

Are SAT/ACT test scores required to be eligible for Whitworth's top academic scholarships?

All but one of Whitworth's Academic Scholarships can be earned based solely on high school GPA, regardless of your ACT/SAT scores. Depending on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, however, submitting your scores may make you eligible for a higher merit scholarship. Incoming freshmen enrolled at Whitworth full time will automatically receive the highest academic scholarship for which they qualify, based on designated GPA and SAT/ACT test scores. Whitworth will renew the academic scholarship each year a student is enrolled full time and maintains satisfactory academic progress.

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

Because Whitworth uses students' standardized test scores for academic advising and course placement, all admitted freshmen must provide their SAT/ACT scores, if they have them, prior to enrolling at Whitworth.