Application to Huxley College is selective and based upon preparation and prior academic performance. Students must first apply to and be accepted by Western Washington University (WWU). However, acceptance to WWU does not insure admittance to any Huxley majors. Application forms for WWU and Huxley College are available through either the WWU Admissions Office or Huxley College. Transfer students should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator before application to WWU or Huxley College.
Students can declare as an environmental studies phase I major or as an environmental science pre-major at any time.
Admission to Huxley College and its majors is based on the following four criteria:
- completion of required preparatory course work,
- academic performance (GPA),
- a brief essay in response to a given question, and
Standards for admission are competitive and fluctuate from quarter to quarter, depending on the number of applicants and students graduating. No application will be accepted if student has not completed the Math requirement (or is currently enrolled in the course required).
For applications to the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Major, please review the following informational materials for further guidance:
Applications must be received by Huxley College no later than:
- April 18 for admission summer and fall quarter
- October 6 for admission winter quarter
- January 15 for admission spring quarter
Note: If the application date is during a weekend, applications will be due the following Monday.
In some cases, admission will be provisional, pending completion of current course work. No application will be accepted if student has not completed (or currently enrolled in) the Math prerequisite. Applications should include a list of courses, if any, in which the student is enrolled during the current academic period (quarter or semester). A transcript with grades for those currently-enrolled courses must be received by Huxley College in order for the student to be officially admitted.
Students should declare a major on their application. A limited number of major-undecided students may be admitted, but they must declare a major before the end of their second quarter enrollment as a Huxley student. Students may be excluded from consideration if they have not completed sufficient preparatory course work or have not completed an application by the deadline date.
Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply since Huxley's curriculum is mainly an upper-division program. The first step for a transfer student is application and admission to Western Washington University. Admission to the environmental studies core courses requires completion of all prerequisite courses for the major. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all prerequisites prior to transfer to Western Washington University.
Transfer applicants are evaluated by Western's Office of Admissions for transfer credit and for credit toward completion of the General University Requirements (GURs). Students who intend to seek a degree in environmental studies should so indicate on the "Uniform Undergraduate Application for Admission to Four-Year Colleges and Universities, State of Washington" and should request an admission application form for Huxley College.
Students who have earned approved Associate's degrees (NOT the Associates of Science or a Technical degree) from community colleges in Washington State are considered to have satisfied the General University Requirements; prospective transfers should consult with community college Advisors on which degrees are accepted under this agreement. However, students holding Associate's degrees from community colleges with which WWU has no formal agreement must complete Western Washington University's General University Requirements.
Students holding a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university or college who are working toward a second Bachelor's degree will be considered as transfers who have completed the GURs.
For further information, questions or Application Form, please contact:
Kathryn Patrick, Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator
Huxley College of Environmental Studies
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9079
Telephone: (360) 650-3520
Questions about applying to Western Washington University?
Western Washington University Office of Admissions (360) 650-3440