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Update on Washington Colleges and Universities

I recently attended The Washington Council Fall Counselor Workshop which included presentations from representatives of many of Washington State’s private and public colleges. The following is a brief summary of some of the key points addressed at the workshop:

  • WSU has posted the Fall 2010 application and for the first time this year will not require a separate application for the Honors College. Students will be identified through the application review process. The Regent’s Scholarship Program has been extended to a include all four years.
  • The University of Washington admissions office requires that students who want to be considered for direct admit programs by checking the box for particular majors (including business, computer science and engineering among others) need to get their applications in by December 1st. Submitting applications by this date will also help a student seeking scholarships. All students will get a better review the earlier their application is submitted.
  • Whitworth College, a Presbyterian small liberal arts college in East Washington offers an early application that is free of charge and students who are admitted under this non-binding program may register early and get housing priority. In addition, EA students may replace standardized test scores with an interview.
  • Central Washington University recently opened two new residence halls and is offering a new programs in Environmental Studies.
  • The Evergreen State College just enrolled the largest in-state class in their history, and the second-largest class of out-of-state students. The National Science Foundation has provided substantial support to Evergreen, and this experiential college offers a completely renovated full capacity high-definition media laboratory.
  • The UW Bothell has had a large jump in students and still offers an average class size of 23 students. For the first time, UW Bothell is offering student housing within walking distance of campus. New undergraduate degrees include: Electrical Engineering, Media and Communications, Environmental Sciences, Applied Computing, and K-12 Teacher Certification.
  • Western Washington University offers a variety of programs including product design and theatre, and many students from Western participate in the Peace Corps after graduation.
  • St. Martin’s University competes in the Division II conference with Western Washington University and Seattle Pacific University and offers athletic scholarships.
  • Seattle Pacific University students have a very high acceptance rate to medical school out of the dynamic pre-med program. This Christian university is located near the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. New programs at SPU include Music Therapy, Global and Urban Development, Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Bellevue College (previously Bellevue Community College) is home to a planetarium for students in astronomy, and a new science and technology building recently was added to campus. The new bachelor degrees are offered, Interior Design and Radiology Technology. BC offers a very strong disability resource center.
  • Eastern Washington University offers an auto-admit process for students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Popular programs include: Criminal Justice, Education, Social Work, Business, Biology and Nursing.

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