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The Whitworth School of Continuing Studies Admissions Committee dedicates itself to a thorough, holistic review of each application. Our objective is to get to know each applicant as an individual who brings particular strengths and experiences to the program. This understanding helps us determine whether you are a good fit for Whitworth – and whether Whitworth is a good fit for you.

Applicants to the School of Continuing Studies’ programs should be at least 25 years of age, due to the collaborative and experience-related nature of adult degree programs. Programs may require prerequisites for particular courses; please check with the advisor.

Once you have returned all application documents, the admissions committee will review your application file and notify you, in writing, of your status. If an interview is required, you will be contacted to schedule that interview after the committee has reviewed your application file. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at 509.777.3222.

Come Meet Us
We strongly encourage all applicants to visit Whitworth University to learn more about our programs from current students, faculty and staff. To arrange a visit, please call 509.777.3222. Applicants should meet with an advisor from the Whitworth School of Continuing Studies prior to admittance.

Application Step by Step
Below is a step-by-step description of the application process. You may also go directly to the online application; instructions are included in each area.

  • Online Application
    The online application has several components. As you complete your application, you will be prompted to submit your $25 application fee.
  • Recommendations You must submit three recommendations to complete your application. Recommendations are completed via an online recommendation request sent directly to each reference as part of the application process. You should request recommendations from individuals who have a strong knowledge of your professional work and/or your ability to succeed as an adult student.
    • If you have attended college within the past two years, one letter should be from a university professor in your major. If it has been more than two years since you’ve attended another institution, you may substitute a professional recommendation.
    • One recommendation should be from a current or former supervisor or co-worker.
    • One recommendation should be from an individual who can speak to your general character and the probability of your success as an adult student. It should not be from a family member.

  • Personal Essay
    Please compose a 500- to 700-word essay that explains how the program for which you are applying fits with your career and educational goals, why you have chosen Whitworth to further your education, and why now is the right time for you to enroll in an evening bachelor’s degree program.

    You may attach this document to your online application or e-mail it directly to the School of Continuing Studies Admissions Office at
  • Transcripts
    Though we review each student’s GPA for the probability of academic success, we understand that undergraduate GPAs, particularly those from several years ago, may not reflect your current ability or commitment to academic success.

    Order official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended and send them directly to this address:

    Whitworth University
    School of Continuing Studies
    300 W. Hawthorne Road
    Spokane, WA 99251
  • On-Site Write
    Please call the Whitworth School of Continuing Studies at 509.777.3222 to schedule a time for your on-site write.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    If you intend to apply for financial aid, complete a FAFSA as soon as possible. Apply online at (Whitworth Title IV Code: 003804).


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