Returning Students

Admissions Requirements for Returning Students

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 Morgan Hall Suite 100, arranges prospective students’ campus visits. You can contact the Admissions Office at (785) 670-1030 or at admissions@washburn.edu.

Returning Washburn Students

If you have attended Washburn University in the past, simply fill out the application for returning students. If you have attended other colleges or universities since you last attended Washburn, please provide official transcripts from each. YOU WILL BE CLASSIFIED AS DEGREE SEEKING OR NON-DEGREE SEEKING ACCORDING TO YOUR CLASSIFICATION WHEN YOU LAST ATTENDED. 

If you wish to change your classification, or you last attended Washburn prior to Fall 2004, you may not use the application for returning students. To return to Washburn and change your classification to non-degree seeking student, simply fill out the non-degree seeking application. To return to Washburn and change your classification to degree seeking student, follow these steps:

  • Fill out the degree seeking application
  • Pay the one-time application fee
  • Provide the Office of Admissions with official high school transcripts, ACT or COMPASS exam scores, and/or official transcripts from each college or university you have attended.

Students with fewer than 24 credit hours must provide high school transcripts, test scores, and college transcripts if applicable. Students with more than 24 credit hours must only provide transcripts from each college or university they've attended.

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

Applicants submitting a GED score will be reviewed individually.  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

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

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.  Applicants submitting a GED score will be reviewed individually.

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. 

Program-Specific Admission

Additional admission requirements pertain to the following undergraduate programs:            

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Athletic Training (BS)
  • Art (BFA)
  • Kinesiology (Bed P-12 Physical Education Teaching)
  • Education (BA)
  • Music (BA, BM in Music Education, BM in music performance)

School of Business

  • Accounting (BBA)
  • Economics (BBA)
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation (BBA)
  • Finance (BBA)
  • General Business (BBA)
  • International Business (BBA)
  • Management (BBA)
  • Marketing (BBA)

School of Applied Studies

  • Bachelor of Social Work

Allied Health

  • Health Information Technology (AS)
  • Health Care Education (C)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)
  • Radiologic Technology (AS)
  • Respiratory Therapy (AS)
  • 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)

School of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN Online

 

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.