Freshman Admissions Process

How the Application Process Works

The freshman application process is simple and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.

Who should apply as a freshman?

  • High school seniors.
  • Students who are/were enrolled at an Early College High School or in a Dual Enrollment program and have not attended a college or university since graduating.
  • Students who have graduated from high school, or completed a GED program, and never enrolled at a college or university.

Before we begin

There are certain classes you must have completed as a high school student to be considered for admission to the university. Please double-check that you meet the Freshman Requirements.

Freshman Requirements

Step 1: Complete Application

The W has NO APPLICATION FEE, and you can complete the form in 5 to 10 minutes.

What we ask:

  • Information about yourself: Address, Parents/Guardians, Citizenship.
  • Details about your education: Which schools did you attend, and when?
  • Your plans at The W: What major do you plan to study? (It's okay if you aren't sure yet.) Do you plan to live on campus? Are you interested in intercollegiate athletics?
  • Information about any disciplinary or criminal matters: These won't necessarily disqualify you, but we will need specific information.

Apply Online

Step 2: Transcripts and Test Scores

You will need to request your transcripts to be sent to us from your high school. We will also need you to submit your official ACT/SAT scores to The W.

What we need:

  • Official Transcripts from your school.
  • Official Test scores: ACT [school code: 2222] or SAT [school code: 1481].

Your admissions portal will show what documents we have and what is missing. Your admissions counselor may also reach out to you if there is something need (or just to say hi).

Step 3: Wait

Once we have all your documents, we will evaluate your application. Waiting is the hardest part, we know. We try to respond to you within two business days after we receive all required documents.

Step 4: Accept

Once you've been admitted, we will ask you to complete the intent to enroll form. This form is included in your admissions portal and lets us know you plan to attend The W.

You may also need to complete additional tasks like submitting immunization records, apply for on-campus housing, or complete financial aid paperwork. Check out the Admitted Students section for more details.

Admitted Students

Step 5: Scholarships & Grants

After we've verified your transcripts and scores, we will automatically send you a notification of any institutional scholarships you qualify to receive within 3 to 5 business days.

You may also qualify for departmental or other scholarships, state or federal grants, and other benefits. To qualify for these, you will need to complete a FAFSA.

Financial Aid Center

Curious to see what your student can get? Check out the Freshman Scholarship Calculator.

Freshman Scholarship Calculator