Admissions Requirements

What are the requirements for admission into Washburn University?

Washburn University welcomes applications from all interested students.  As a public institution, the university recognizes a responsibility to serve the variety of its students’ educational needs.  Prospective students are always welcome and encouraged to visit the campus prior to enrollment.  The Office of Admissions, located in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, arranges prospective students’ campus visits. You can contact the Admissions Office at (785) 670-1030 or at admissions@washburn.edu

Freshman

Includes high school seniors or high school graduates with fewer than 24 hours of college credit.

  1. Application for admission
  2. One-time, $20 non-refundable application fee*
  3. Official high school transcripts or GED transcripts
  4. Official ACT or SAT scores (only required if the student is under 21 years of age)**
  5. Official college transcripts (if any college credit has been taken)

*Washburn University does offer an application fee waiver for eligible students – The required form and eligibility requirements can be found here.

**While ACT scores are not required for admissions purposes for students over 21 years of age, it may be helpful to provide scores or take a placement exam to aid in course placement.

Regular Admission

Students meeting one of the following criteria will be granted regular admission:

  • A high school GPA ≥ 3.5 OR an ACT score ≥ 23
  • A high school GPA ≥ 2.5 AND an ACT score ≥ 19-22
  • A high school GPA ≥ 3.0 AND an ACT score ≥ 16-18
  • A GED score of 510 OR an ACT score ≥ 23
  • A GED score ≥ 475 AND an ACT score of 21-22

Admission Exception

Students who do not meet the criteria for regular admission will be admitted on admission exception with a prescription for freshman success.  The prescription may include:

  1. Mandatory multi-session per-semester advising:  Three or four per-semester sessions will include academic assessment, program planning, and degree planning
  2. Limit on number of semester hours: 12 semester credit hours per semester during the student’s first year.  Exceptions will be made upon counselor approval.
  3. Compulsory enrollment in ISS 100, Student Success, Freshman Seminar
  4. Restrictions on courses available to students
  5. Required participation in study skill, career planning, test taking, and other seminars offered by CLASS
  6. Required tutorials as necessary

Exploratory Bridge Program

Students will be required to complete the Washburn Institute of Technology Exploratory Bridge Program according to the following criteria:

  • The student has a high school GPA < 3.49 AND an ACT score <15
  • The student has a GED score < 450 OR an ACT score < 18

Home Schooled Students

Students who are or will be graduates from an accredited high school or homeschool curriculum. Regular Admission for High School and Homeschool Students:

Students meeting one of the following criteria will be
granted admission:

• High School GPA ≥3.50 on a 4.00 scale OR;
• ACT Composite Score ≥ 23 OR;
• ACT Composite Score 19-22 and High School GPA ≥ 2.50 on 4.00 scale OR;
• ACT Composite Score 16-18 and High School GPA ≥ 3.00 on 4.00 scale.

Students Graduating from an Unaccredited
High School or Homeschool Curriculum:

The completion of the ACT test and receipt of the
scores by the University is required for admission. An
official transcript is also required and will be evaluated
on an individual basis for course content and completion.
Home schooled students with an ACT composite score less than 23 are required to submit a General Educational Development (GED) test score.

GED Students 

Students who are not graduates of high school may qualify for admission by taking the GED.  The university requires official GED and ACT scores.  Students with GEDs are admitted to the university according to the foregoing admission criteria. 

Adult Learners

An adult learner is defined as someone who is 21 years and older with fewer than 24 credit hours.

  1. Application for admission
  2. One-time, $20 non-refundable application fee*
  3. Official high school transcripts or GED transcripts
  4. Official college transcripts (if any college credit has been taken)

**While ACT scores are not required for admissions purposes for students over 21 years of age, it may be helpful to provide scores or take a placement exam to aid in course placement.

Transfer Students

Students coming to Washburn who are not coming directly from high school and have attempted 24+ credit hours at other institution(s) will be required to provide the following:

  1. Application for admission
  2. One-time, $20 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official college transcript(s) from all previously attended post-secondary institutions
Regular Admission

Students with 24+ credit hours of attempted college work with cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be admitted to the university.

Academic Probation and Denial of Admission

Students with 24 or more semester hours of completed college work and a cumulative college GPA between 1.8 and 1.99 will be admitted on academic probation.  Students with 24 or more semester hours of completed college work and a cumulative college GPA below 1.8 will be denied admission to the university but may be eligible for academic fresh start.  For more information about academic fresh start, call 785.670.1942. 

Returning Washburn Students

Students who have previously attended Washburn University (this does not include Washburn Institute of Technology) as a degree seeking student but have not attended the previous semester are required to provide the following:

  1. Application for admission (application fee will be waived during application process by using the promotional code given when completing the application)
  2. Official college transcripts from any universities attended since last attending Washburn.

Admission Requirements: Students will be readmitted to the university in the same standing as when they previously attended Washburn. Any college work completed since last attending Washburn will also be taken into consideration when making the admission decision.

Program-Specific Admission

Additional admission requirements pertain to the following programs:            

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Athletic Training (BS)
  • Art (BFA)
  • Communication (BA)
  • Education (BA, MA)
  • Music (BA, BM)
  • Psychology (MA)
  • Liberal Studies (MA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Social Work
  • Health Information Technology (AS)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)
  • Radiologic Technology (AS)
  • Respiratory Therapy (AS)
  • Commuted Tomography (C)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (C)
  • Health Information Coding (C)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (C)
  • Radiation Therapy (C)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (BHS)
  • Health Services Administration (BHS)
  • Medical Imaging (BHS)
  • Technology Administration (BAS) 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing

School of Business

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration

School of Applied Studies

  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Social Work

Allied Health

  • Health Information Technology (AS)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)
  • Radiologic Technology (AS)
  • Respiratory Therapy (AS)
  • Commuted Tomography (C)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (C)
  • Health Information Coding (C)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (C)
  • Radiation Therapy (C)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (BHS)
  • Health Services Administration (BHS)
  • Medical Imaging (BHS)
  • Technology Administration (BAS) 

School of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing

 

While admission to these programs is required for degree candidacy, some courses in these areas may be taken by non-degree seeking students with the approval of an advisor.