Getting Into College Just Got Easier
Colleges have made big changes to help Washington students access college and career training.
The Washington Student Achievement Council's Plan Your Future webpage connects high school seniors with valuable info. Here are examples of resources that make it easier than ever to attend college or career training:
- Test-optional admissions: Most Washington colleges no longer require applicants to take standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. Some colleges do require an alternative in place of test scores, such as a letter of recommendation or success in certain high school classes. Good scores can have some benefits for those who opt to take the tests. Learn more about test-optional admissions.
- Guaranteed college admissions: Some public and private four-year colleges guarantee admission to qualified students. Requirements vary but typically include meeting certain high school course requirements and graduating above a specified minimum GPA. Students still need to apply and complete the admissions process. Learn more about guaranteed college admissions.
- Open admission colleges: Washington’s public two-year community and technical colleges are open access. Anyone with a high school diploma or GED can apply and attend. Test scores and GPAs are not considered. Registration is open year-round, so it’s never too late to get started! Learn more about open admission colleges.
Admission requirements vary, so always check directly with each college for current info.
College or training after high school means more options and greater security—and financial aid, including the generous Washington College Grant, can help cover the costs. More families are eligible than ever before. Apply now!