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First Year Students - Requirements

Just completed high school? Never been to college? Then you are a First Year student.

If you have earned some credits through Running Start, Tech Prep, AP, or IB, you are still a first year student (not a transfer student). The credits you have earned may allow some courses to be waived as you work towards your degree.


WTU offers 4-year bachelor's degree programs of 180 credits. To be accepted into WTU, you must have:

  • An academic transcript from your most recent high school attended.
  • Completed the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs). Per Washington Student Achievement Council requirements, to ensure that students entering WTU are adequately prepared to succeed in college, all First Year student applicants are required to complete a minimum level of preparation in the below subject areas through high school or college course work prior to entering the University:
    • English Composition/Literature: 4 Years
    • Mathematics: 3 Years
    • Social Studies: 3 Years
    • Lab Science: 2 Years
    • World Language: 2 Years
    • Senior Year Math-Based Quantitative Course: 1 Year
    • Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts: 1/2 Year
    • Elective in CADR Subjects: 1/2 Year
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for CADRs.

If available, you should also include the following with your application:

  • Official SAT or ACT scores. Official test scores from SAT or ACT must be sent directly from the testing agency.

Proof of English language proficiency is required for all students who did not complete most of their primary and secondary education in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.