Information for incoming students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and others is always a high-priority at Washburn University, especially in challenging times like this.  The Office of Admissions is committed to supporting all incoming students during this time and encourages you to reach out with your questions or concerns to or 785.670.1030. 

We will continue to update this page with information as it becomes available.

Admissions requirements

Our admission requirements will remain the same. For high school seniors, any changes in high school curriculum due to COVID-19 will not affect your admission status or ability to receive admission to Washburn University.

For high school seniors, we make admission decisions based on 1) current high school transcripts or self-reported GPA and 2) test scores (ACT or SAT). This will alleviate any issues or concerns of students who are unable to acquire official transcripts or test scores at this time due to COVID-19 disruptions.

If you were planning on taking the ACT or SAT and are no longer able to due to its postponement, you may be admitted based on your high school GPA. In this circumstance, please contact your admissions counselor to notify them you are not able to take the ACT or SAT at this time and they will assist you in moving forward towards admission.

For first-time adult students and all transfer students, any issues acquiring official transcripts from previous institutions can be worked through with our admissions office on a case-by-case basis.

Any additional questions may be directed to the Office of Admissions at or 785.670.1030.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid is working to assist students experiencing financial distress during this COVID-19 crisis. Options will vary depending on students Title IV aid eligibility and extenuating circumstances. The financial aid office will assess each student on a case-by-case basis to find the best possible solution. Additionally, Jamie McEwen, financial literacy coordinator, is available to assist students with financial planning and maximizing financial aid opportunities. She can be reached at 785.670.2767 or

Residential Living

There is currently no deadline to complete a campus housing contract and pay the housing deposit for the fall 2020 semester. Housing deposits for the fall 2020 semester are refundable up until July 1, 2020. Students who need help with their housing deposit should contact Residential Living for assistance.

You can access the campus housing contract through your MyWashburn account under the Student Life tab. Learn more

Residential Living is also offering a chance to chat with a student who works in the Residential Living Office via Zoom about what it's like to live on campus, the application process and what to pack. Email Residential Living for the link and password.

For additional information, please contact Residential Living at or 785.670.1065.

Campus visits and events for prospective students

In response to the current climate surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have canceled all campus visit events, including scholarship receptions and Ichabod Sophomore Day.

In place of in-person visits, we are currently scheduling virtual visits with admissions counselors and academic faculty. Like in-person visits, our virtual visits are free to schedule and can be held via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Duo or phone call. To schedule a virtual visit, please email or call our office at 785.670.1030.

To supplement a virtual meeting with admissions and academic personnel, we also encourage you to take our virtual tour. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time.

New and transfer student orientation

New and transfer orientation will be held online beginning in May. Keep an eye on your email and the orientation website for more information about how to register. 

Welcome Week

Welcome Week in August is currently scheduled to continue as planned, but with socially distancing measures. For updates or to learn more, visit the Welcome Week website.

We will continue to stay in touch should there be any changes to our August events.

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