ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE


 
Walla Walla College welcomes to its school family any student who wishes to obtain a quality education in a Christian environment (Walla Walla College is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church). Students, faculty and staff share in the mutual obligation to uphold the Christian philosophy and policies of the college.
 
The college maintains a policy of equal educational opportunity for all applicants without regard to gender, race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, physical or sensory disability while administering its educational and admissions policies, financial aid, employment programs, student life and services, or any other college-administered program.
 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


 
(U.S.Citizens, Canadian Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents)
 
(International applicants refer to Admission Requirements and Procedures for International Students)
 
Walla Walla College practices a selective admissions policy. To be considered for admission to the college, students should demonstrate scholastic achievement, good character and financial support.
 
Prospective students must submit a completed application form accompanied by a non-refundable $30 (U.S.) fee. Copies of the official form are available from the Office of Admissions and Marketing. Application should be made BY THE PREFERRED DEADLINE FOR EACH QUARTER. THE PREFERRED DEADLINES ARE: FALL QUARTER, SEPTEMBER 1; WINTER QUARTER, DECEMBER 1; SPRING QUARTER, MARCH 1; SUMMER QUARTER, JUNE 1. TO QUALIFY FOR PREREGISTRATION FOR FALL QUARTER, APPLICATION FILES MUST BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 15.
 
The following entrance requirements apply to students entering all bachelor and some associate degree programs. Students entering associate degree programs should inquire concerning possible variations in entrance requirements.
 
First-time Freshmen and Freshmen Transfer Students

 
Students who have completed studies at the secondary level or are transferring with less than 36 transferable quarter credits at the post-secondary level. Minimum requirements for admission include:
 
1. 
A grade-point average of 2.00. Students with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0-2.25 must submit a letter of academic intention, will be assigned a special adviser, will be limited to 12 quarter hours the first quarter of attendance and must attend and pass during their first quarter of attendance(with a grade of C or above) a study skills class.
 
2. 
Transcripts from the island territories of Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and Palau must have a grade-point average of 3.30 or higher.
 
3. 
Graduation and official transcript from an accredited secondary school or the completion of the GED exam.
 
4. 
Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
 
5. 
Completion of the ACT and/or SAT test if transferring less than 30 quarter hours. These tests are required for academic advisement.
 
6. 
Satisfactory personal references.
 
7. 
Official copies of your TOEFL test scores if English is not your first language. Ask the Testing Service to send these scores directly to the Walla Walla College Office of Admissions.
Students with United States system secondary school background should present the following semester credits for admission:
 
Semester Credits
English40
History20
Algebra I10
Geometry10
Science10
Laboratory Science10
 

 
Each year a limited number of students are admitted into WWC on provisional status who lack one or more of the subjects required for entrance. Students accepted on such a basis should check with the Director of Academic Advisement about specific requirements for meeting these deficiencies. Students need to make up these deficiencies during their freshman year to qualify for admission to the second year of studies. Students need to satisfy entrance requirements in mathematics before enrolling for a college-level(above 100 level)mathematics class. Concurrent enrollment may be allowed with permission from the mathematics department.
 
In addition to the requirements for admission, the following semester credits are highly recommended for entrance to the undergraduate curriculum:
 
Semester Credits
+Foreign Language 20
Social Studies10
Science (additional)10
++Mathematics 10
+Students completing two years of the same foreign language at the secondary level will fulfill the elementary language requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
++Some departments require 10 semester credits of Algebra II, including Trigonometry. These departments include Chemistry, Computer Science, School of Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and School of Business.
 

 
Transfer Students
 
Students who have obtained 36 or more transferable quarter credits at the post-secondary level. Minimum requirements for admission include:
 
1. 
A grade-point average of 2.00. Students with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0-2.25 must submit a letter of academic intention, will be assigned a special adviser, will be limited to 12 quarter hours the first quarter of attendance and will be required to attend and pass a study skills class(with a grade of C or above) during their first quarter of attendance.
 
2. 
Transcripts from the island territories of Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and Palau need to have a grade-point average of 3.30 or higher.
 
3. 
Graduation and official transcript from an accredited secondary school or the completion of the GED exam. A student who transfers to Walla Walla College with 30 or more transferable quarter hours will not be required to write the ACT or SAT exam.
 
4. 
Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
 
5. 
Satisfactory personal references.
 
6. 
Official copies of your TOEFL test scores if English is not your first language. Ask the Testing Service to send these scores directly to the Walla Walla College Office of Admissions.
If you have not previously attended a Seventh-day Adventist college, please see the Religion and Theology section under General Studies requirements.
 
Accredited Colleges. Applicants who have attended North American accredited institutions of higher education and who have official transcripts showing a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 on all course work taken may be admitted at a level determined by the number of credits transferred.
 
Non-Accredited College. Students transferring from non-accredited institutions may be required to take validating examinations should they wish credit to be transferred to Walla Walla College.
 
Community Colleges. A minimum of 96 of the 192 quarter hours required for graduation must be taken at a four year accredited college or university. .
 
Senior Transfer Students. Transfer students with senior standing are required to be in residence three consecutive quarters and complete a minimum of 36 quarter hours, including nine quarter hours of upper-division work in the major and three upper-division quarter hours in the minor, and meet all degree requirements. See minimum residency requirements section of this bulliten.
 
Engineering Transfer Students. Students enrolled in the Engineering affiliation program will be allowed to graduate under any official Walla Walla College bulletin dated not more than three academic years prior to their first year on this campus. Students who withdraw from engineering studies for a continuous period of one year or more will forfeit the right to graduate under bulletins which were current prior to their withdrawal.
 
Engineering transfer students applying for admission to Walla Walla College must supply a letter of recommendation from one of their engineering professors at their previously attended school.
 
Nursing Transfer Students. All nursing students refer to the Nursing section of this Bulletin for additional requirements.
 
Postgraduate Students
 
Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and are not applying for an advanced degree. Minimum requirements for admission include:
 
1. 
A grade-point average of 2.00.
 
2. 
Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
 
3. 
Satisfactory personal references.
 
4. 
Official copies of your TOEFL test scores unless graduation is from a four-year English institution. Request the Testing Service to send these scores directly to the Walla Walla College Office of Admissions.
Returning Students
 
Students who have attended Walla Walla College, but were not enrolled the preceding quarter (excluding summer quarter)are classified as returning students. Minimum requirements for readmission include:
 
1. 
A grade-point average of 2.00 on course work taken at Walla Walla College.
 
2. 
An acceptable citizenship record while at Walla Walla College. .
 
3. 
Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended since the last quarter at Walla Walla College with a grade-point average of 2.00.
Nonmatriculated Students
 
Students who are not seeking or ineligible for regular admission and who are not candidates for a degree or financial aid from Walla Walla College. Nonmatriculated students may register for credit for any course for which they have sufficient academic background and teacher approval. By completing requirements for regular admission, a nonmatriculated student may become a degree candidate. Application must be made through the Admissions Office.
 
Guest Students
 
Students who have been in residence at other institutions of higher education and who are not candidates for a degree or financial aid from Walla Walla College. Guest students must show that they are in good and regular standing at the university or college to which the credits are to be transferred. The application process is initiated through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Administration.
 
Special Students
 
Students who are currently enrolled as a senior in secondary school and who have permission from their principal, may register for selected Walla Walla College courses. Special students are not eligible for financial aid. Application needs to be made through the office of the Vice-President for Academic Administration.
 

ADMISSION PROCEDURES


 
(U.S. and Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents)
 
Application and Application Fee
 
Applications must be completed entirely, printed in ink or typed, and signed by the applicant to begin the admissions process. Applications may also be submitted on-line. A non-refundable $30 (U.S.) application fee is required and should be submitted at the time of application.
 
Official Transcripts
 
Request official transcripts from the registrar of each institution attended and have them sent directly to the Admissions Office of Walla Walla College. Failure to indicate at the time of application that work has been taken at other institutions invalidates the admission process. Undergraduate students must have on file with the college either high school transcripts, GED scores or a letter verifying date of graduation/GED scores from administering institution in order to enroll. Students who complete a GED are also required to submit official transcripts of all high school work completed. Students already holding a baccalaureate degree are not required to submit high school transcripts. Should transcripts not be received in the time-frame described under the section Registration Without Official Transcripts, student status and financial aid at Walla Walla College may be affected. International transcripts will be evaluated in conjunction with published guidelines for each country.
 
Academic records become the property of the college and may be released intra-campus for purposes of academic advisement/evaluation/administration as deemed necessary. Copies or originals of admission documents cannot be released to the applicant. Transcripts, applications and other credentials submitted for admission will be destroyed after two years if the applicant does not enroll.
 
College Entrance Examination
 
ACT (American College Testing Program) and/or SAT test scores are required of entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 quarter credits (unless they've been out of high school for 5 or more years). The ACT Test may be taken upon arrival at WWC. Students without these test scores will be provisionally registered (provided other criteria are met) until they have taken the ACT during a regularly scheduled on-campus test date the first quarter in residence.
 
Please Note: To ensure academic success, English screening of all applicants is a part of the registration process unless the student has previous satisfactory ACT results.
 
All Seventh-day Adventist senior academies in the North Pacific Union Conference are non-Saturday testing centers for ACT. Students not enrolled at these high schools are invited to write or telephone the guidance counselor or principal at the academy of their choice to obtain information regarding participation in the ACT non-Saturday testing program.
 
Personal References
 
Request three individuals, who know your academic qualities well and are not related to you, to complete reference forms in your behalf. Possible reference can come from your academic adviser, guidance counselor, teacher/professor, residence hall director, employer, or chaplain/pastor.
 
Transfer students must be in good and regular standing from the institution most recently attended when transferring to Walla Walla College. A letter of reference is requested from the most recently attended institution. Additional forms are available from the Office of Admissions and Marketing.
 
TOEFL Test Requirement
 
If English is not the native language, students will demonstrate the ability to pursue studies in the English language by passing either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery).The following TOEFL scores are required for entry into Walla Walla College.
 
TOEFL 550 or higher (A score of 213 or higher is required on the Com-puter-based TOEFL exam.)
 

 
Students whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 for acceptance into the Nursing program.
 
In addition to the English proficiency test, students will be evaluated after arrival at Walla Walla College for appropriate placement in English.
 
Students with TOEFL scores between 550 and 600, including students transferring from an English medium secondary school, are required to take Walla Walla College's English Placement Test, which includes a writing sample. If students do not qualify for College Writing courses, they will be placed in an appropriate reading and/or writing class before entering ENGL 121.
 
Letter of Acceptance
 
After applicants' transcripts and references have been received and approved by the Admissions Office, prompt notification of acceptance is sent. Some applicants may be provisionally accepted if they have met the admission requirements but still have an official transcript outstanding. Applicants should not consider themselves accepted (and should not plan to reside or work on campus) until an official letter of acceptance is received. Applicants may check on the status of their application by calling 1-509-527-2327 or 1-800-541-8900.
 
Room Deposit
 
A $150 room deposit is required of residence-hall students. This should be sent to the Accounting Office as soon as possible to reserve a room for the coming term(s). Students whose plans change may receive a refund up until two weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which reservation has been made. See the Financial Information section of this bulletin for residence hall costs.
 
Medical Information
 
The Student Health Service is directed by a registered nurse. Students are required to complete an insurance form and a Personal Health Assessment record, inclusive of immunization status. Forms are available from the Office of Admissions and Marketing.
 
Immunization documentation required for admission includes: (a) tetanus-diphtheria (DT or Td) booster within the past 9 years; and (b) two measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines. Also recommended are 4 or more oral polio vaccines (OPV). MMR and Td are available for a fee through the Student Health Services.
 

ADMISSIONS BY EXAMINATION


 
Individuals without high school diplomas who have not completed secondary school may be admitted to freshman standing on the basis of:
 
GED Scores
 
Average score of 50 on the five sections, with no individual score below 45. All students admitted with GED scores will take placement tests in Mathematics and English to determine appropriate courses.
 
California High School Proficiency Examination
 
Applicants who are unber 18 years of age but have sucessfully completed the California High School Proficiency Examination may be considered for admission provided that (1) a minimum of two years of high school has been completed; (2) written parental permission has been given; (3) the application letter lists reason, goals and objective for acceleration. A copy of this letter will be sent to the applicant's high school principal and residence dean/counselor for their reactions and recommendations.
 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


 
International applicants are welcomed to Walla Walla College when the conditions stated below are met. In many cases, certified copies of certificates issued by the Department of Education or an approved National Government agency or a university examination board will be needed to verify appropriate completion of the secondary level of education. Additional documentation may be required from specific countries. Minimum requirements for admission include:
 
1. 
A completed application form (including the international section) with a $30 (U.S.) application fee.
 
2. 
A completed financial analysis sheet with a bank statement from the financial sponsor verifying ability to pay expenses. Note: Official government scholarships need to include an official letter from the government issuing the scholarship.
 
3. 
Letters of recommendation from three people who know you well- teachers, employers, pastors, etc. (no family members, please).
 
4. 
Certified copies of your secondary-level certificate, with English translations if necessary. Certificate(s) with passing marks is/are required from a four, five or six-year university preparatory school. Additional requirements include passing scores in government examinations where offered, including English, a natural science, mathematics and two others from: a second language, science, social studies, literature and religious knowledge. If transferring from a university-level program, please request that an official copy of your academic records (a transcript of marks) be sent in a sealed envelope directly from the university registrar to the Office of Admissions, Walla Walla College. International transcripts will be evaluated in conjunction with published guidelines for each country.
 
5. 
Official copies of your TOEFL test scores. Ask the Testing Service to send these scores directly to the Walla Walla College Office of Admissions.
Prior to acceptance into any program and before an I-20 form is issued to international students, a $3,000 (U.S.) deposit is necessary (except Canadian and specified U.S. Trust Territory students). See International Students in the Financial section of this bulletin.
 
**SPECIAL NOTE: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MUST HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION AN I-20 VISA FORM ISSUED TO THEM BY WALLA WALLA COLLEGE PRIOR TO LEAVING THEIR HOME COUNTRY AND ENTERING THE UNITED STATES TO STUDY AT WALLA WALLA COLLEGE.