What are the requirements for admission into Washburn University?

We’re excited you’re considering Washburn University! Applying to Washburn is as easy as five steps and you’ll be on your way to becoming an Ichabod. Be sure to visit, as well, whether on a personalized visit or an Ichabod Day!

While we admit students up until one week prior to the last day to enroll for a given semester, it’s in your best interest to apply as early as possible.

Contact us by connecting with your admissions counselor or by email at admissions@washburn.edu or by calling 785.670.1030.

How to apply

If you’ll be attending college for the first time since graduating high school or earning your GED you will need to complete these steps to be admitted to Washburn:

*While ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission, if you have previously taken the test we prefer to have your scores on file for advising purposes and potential scholarship increases (scores will not negatively impact your admission status nor scholarship earning potential).

**Some students are eligible for an application fee waiver.

Admission requirements for High School Students

If you meet one of the following criteria you will be granted admission:

  • A high school GPA ≥ 2.25 OR;
  • ACT composite score ≥ 21.

Home School Students

At Washburn, we are home school friendly and committed to your success. The admission requirements for home school students are the same as listed above for high school students.

Admission Exceptions for High School and Home School Students

Don’t meet those? No worries! Washburn is committed to making a high-quality education accessible to everyone and you may be admitted by exception. If you’re admitted by exception you will work with the Center for Student Success who will work with you to develop an individualized pathway to success.

Unaccredited High School Curriculum Students

If you graduated from an unaccredited high school curriculum your application for admission will be evaluated on an individual basis for course content and completion. In addition to completing the regular admissions requirement steps, if you have a composite ACT composite score less than 21 (or SAT score of less than 1060) then you may be required to submit a GED test score.

GED Students

If you did not graduate from a high school you may qualify for admission by taking the GED and submitting official ACT or SAT test scores, as well as your official GED diploma.

You will be granted admission if:

  • GED score ≥ 145 on each sub-test and GED total score ≥ 660 for tests completed after January 1, 2014
  • ACT composite score ≥ 23 OR GED total score ≥ 510 for tests completed prior to January 2014 OR;
  • ACT composite score 21-22 AND GED total score ≥ 475 for tests completed prior to January 2014.

Admission exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Thinking of making Washburn your new home? We’d love to have you! If you’ve previously attended a post-secondary institution we’ll need:

**While test scores are not required for admission for transfer students, it may be helpful to send them or take a placement exam when choosing courses.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

If you meet one of the following criteria you will be granted admission:

  • 0-29 college credit hours with a GPA ≥ 1.80 OR;
  • 30-59 college credit hours with a GPA ≥ 1.90 OR;
  • 60 or more college credit hours with a GPA ≥ 2.00.
Admission exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Questions? Contact our transfer admissions counselors, or email us at admissions@washburn.edu or call us at 785.670.1030.

Welcome back, Ichabod! If you’ve previously attended Washburn you can return to the same degree status (degree or non-degree seeking). View the Returning Student Reactivation information on the admission application page.

If you wish to change your degree status to degree seeking you should complete an admission application and follow the how to apply instructions for a first-time freshman, which are found above.

If you are or have taken classes as a high school student you should complete the undergraduate admission application and follow the steps listed above on how to apply as a first-time freshman.

In addition to general admission to Washburn, some programs require a separate application for admission due to capacity limitations within the program. Admission to these programs will be through the respective departments and not through the Office of Admissions.

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Art (BFA)
  • Kinesiology (B.Ed. 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.


Washburn University Admissions
Morgan Hall Suite 100
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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