College & Career Information
4-Year Colleges & Universities
Baccalaureate programs culminate in a student’s earning a Bachelor’s Degree. Students typically spend the first two years of their baccalaureate study taking general university requirements in a variety of subject areas. The last two years are generally spent taking classes in the student’s major field of study.
The Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board has admission requirements for freshmen at all six public baccalaureate institutions in Washington State – Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Evergreen State College, University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University. Please review the College Entrance Requirements.
The high school College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs) are also typical of those required by public four-year colleges and universities across the nation. In addition, the public Washington State institutions named above may each have subject-area requirements which go beyond these minimum standards. BE CERTAIN TO CHECK ON THE SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH SCHOOL IN WHICH YOU ARE INTERESTED.
Admission officers note the following criteria are reviewed in accepting applicants for admission:
- 1. The Academic Rigor of courses the student has taken for four years compared to what his/her high school offers.
- 2. Cumulative Grade Point Average
- 3. SAT or ACT scores
- 4. Awards and Honors
- 5. Leadership positions, activities and community service.
- 6. The student’s personal essay and response to specific questions.
All Washington State public universities have agreements with the state’s community colleges regarding admission and transfer of credits. Consult individual admissions offices for details.
Community Colleges & Technical Colleges
Community Colleges & Technical Colleges offer a variety of programs to suit a multitude of needs. These include:
- 1. A transfer program whereby students take the same general university requirements for graduation offered by four-year institutions. Upon completion of these, students earn an Associate Degree, which enables them to transfer to a four-year institution with junior status.
- 2. An Associate Degree or Certification Program in a specialized area of study. Upon completion of this program, students are ready for entry-level employment.
- 3. A general program of study designed to strengthen the basic learning skills in preparation for college-level coursework.
- 4. Courses of personal interest designed to contribute to growth and enrichment.
- 5. Entrance to Community Colleges & Technical Colleges usually requires a placement test, offered at the college.