College Entrance Requirements

Technical and Two Year Colleges 
Washington State offers broad college access to you through its 34 community and technical colleges. Specific admission information can be obtained from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Four Year Universities 
If you aspire to attend a four-year university in Washington State, you must apply for admission. Some important factors influencing admission include:
  • application deadlines, 
  • the application fee, 
  • high school curriculum required, 
  • application supplements required, 
  • class ranking, 
  • high school GPA (or college GPA if taken Running Start) 
  • SAT or ACT scores, 
  • extra-curricular activities, 
  • letters of recommendations. 
Transfer Pathways
You can take various paths to a certificate, associate degree, or a bachelor's degree. A large percentage of those who enter a four-year university as freshmen graduate from that institution. Others may enroll at one four-year university and then transfer to another. And still others start at a community college and transfer to a four-year university.  
Credits to Complete a Degree
To earn an associate degree at a two-year or technical college, you must complete 90 quarter or 60 semester credits in college. By design, this is the same number of credits needed to complete the first two years of a four-year university.

A four-year (bachelor's) degree generally requires completion of a total 180 quarter or 120 semester credits over a four-year period. Bachelor's and associate degrees require you to complete credits in two types of course material.
  1. General Education: General education courses cover a broad range of basic subjects.​ These courses give you a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to draw from as you advance to deeper study in specific fields.
  2. Preparation for Major Coursework: 
    • Additional credits required for an associate degree usually focus on a specific area of emphasis. Associate transfer degrees prepare you to transfer to specific bachelor's degree programs at four-year universities.
    • If you are seeking a bachelor's degree, you are expected to complete major-specific preparatory courses in the first two years. Some programs, such as engineering, require more major-specific preparatory courses while others, such as history, require fewer. 
The following links list the admission requirements for the individual college, university, academy, or other post-high school opportunity.