Preparing for WWU
Keep track of your status in several important areas such as whether or not transcripts have been received, financial aid information and measles clearance for class registration with your Countdown to Western checklist at on the Admissions website.
To login, you will need your Western ID number (commonly referred to as your “W” number), or User ID, and date of birth. Your "W" number can be found on your admission and confirmation letters. Revisit your Countdown to Western checklist any time to verify your current status. Note: The Countdown to Western checklist is not available for students in self-sustaining extension programs.
2. REQUIRED: Submit Proof of Measles Immunity
Student Health Center
All new students are required to have two valid measles vaccinations or proof of measles (rubeola) immunity prior to registering for classes. Options for providing proof and additional information are available from the Student Health Center.
The SHC’s regular hours for SUMMER 2017 are: Monday – Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
If you need to get an MMR shot or have your blood drawn for a rubeola titer test, please call 360.650.3400 to schedule an appointment. You may FAX your measles records 24/7 to 360.650.3883 or 360.650.4580. If you have any questions, contact the SHC at 360.650.3400 or Student.Health@wwu.edu.
IMPORTANT! You will not be allowed to register for classes during Summerstart if your measles vaccinations/immunity documentation has not been received prior to your registration appointment.
Academic Technology & User Services
As an enrolled student, you will receive a free Universal Account, which provides you with a number of technology resources to enhance your academic experience, including MyWestern e-mail, Microsoft Office 365, Canvas, computer lab access, and wireless Internet. Official University correspondence (including a preliminary Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) if you have earned college, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit) will be sent to your MyWestern e-mail address so you are encouraged to read your MyWestern e-mail messages regularly. For information on campus technology, including how to connect your laptop or mobile device, visit New to WWU?
In order to make a reservation for Summerstart and register for classes, you must have activated your Universal Account in advance. If you need assistance or if you have forgotten your password, contact Academic Technology User Services Help Desk at 360.650.3333 or online at www.helpdesk.wwu.edu. Please keep track of your username and password, and bring these with you to campus. You also will need to know your Social Security Number during the registration process.
IMPORTANT! Students with college credits must activate their Universal Account before they can access their Transfer Equivalency Report. Please keep track of your username and password, and bring this information with you to Summerstart.
4. Check your MyWestern Email Account
Recognizing the expanding reliance on electronic communication, WWU has determined that e-mail will be one of the University’s official means of communication. E-mail correspondence will be sent to students’ WWU e-mail addresses, so be on the lookout for future important announcements from WWU via your MyWestern e-mail account. See POL-U7100.02 – Using E-mail Accounts for Official Correspondence with Students.
5. Submit Your Final High School Transcripts by July 15
Please send us your transcripts! Required by July 15: Submit your final high school transcripts, with your graduation date posted, to the Office of Admissions by July 15.
6. Determine How college/AP Credit Will Apply to Your Western Degree
How does college credit transfer to Western?
Required by July 15: Submit final college transcripts and score reports
Be sure to submit your official college transcripts and/or score report to the Office of Admissions by July 15 if you are entering Western with college credits from Running Start, College in the High School, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge International.
Why submit college transcripts?
If you are awarded transfer credit, instructions for viewing your Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) will be sent to your email account in early August. Your TER will only include coursework on file at Western at the time of enrollment confirmation.
Because we are rarely able to process your spring term grades in time to be included in your initial Transfer Equivalency Report, we recommend you bring the following with you to Summerstart and whenever meeting with advisors:
Having this information will assist you with meeting prerequisites for courses and ensuring that you are not repeating coursework unnecessarily.
You are also encouraged to research how any in-progress credits will transfer. Please visit the Admissions website for transfer credit guidelines, a list of course equivalencies for in-state courses, and credits awarded for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests.
**Special notes for freshmen entering Western with 60 or more transferable credits:
7. Placement Test Opportunities
Math Placement Assessment
Western is implementing a new Math Placement Assessment for 2017-18 called ALEKS – Math Placement Assessment (MPA), which is an online, adaptive assessment and learning system. To view the details of this process, visit the Summerstart Highlights page.
Spanish Placement Test
The Spanish Placement Test (SPT) is a 45-minute test with a $5 fee charged to the student account. For more information about the SPT, please see the Summerstart FAQ section.
Management and Information Systems (MIS) 220 Equivalency Exam
The MIS 220 Exam is offered in the morning of Summerstart at 8:00am. Please refer to the schedule for information. For the MIS 220 exam, you will need photo ID; there is no fee for this exam.
8. Prepare for Your Advising Session
Explore important academic advising and registration tools online. Professional advisors from the Academic Advising Center are available to help you explore your academic interests and goals at Western. You may also visit the Freshmen advising website at visit the Freshman Advising website for more information.
Extension Students: Please refer to your program/site to confirm registration and schedule details: Extension Student/Site Resources.
9. Explore Housing Options
On Campus Housing: