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By The Skanner News
Published: 08 October 2008

Effective immediately, Washington State University applicants from the state of Washington seeking acceptance to the Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Pullman campuses who rank in the top ten percent of their class or who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA at the time of their application will be granted assured admission.
"Our new policy reflects WSU's concentration on heightening both quality and accessibility," said John Fraire, vice president for enrollment management. "We are eager to recognize very early in the process those students with excellent potential to reach their academic goals and to help this university attain ours."
For more information on the program, see www.assured.wsu.edu.
Fraire says the waiting time between submitting an application and receiving a decision from an institution is a period of high anxiety for high school students. "One way to make top-performing students feel more appreciated and welcomed at WSU is to remove the pressure associated with waiting for that acceptance letter," Fraire said.
To qualify for assured admission under this new policy, students must apply on time to WSU, pay their application fee, and take the SAT or ACT test.
However, one of the key components of this policy is that a student's grades and course selection will take priority over their standardized test scores - another major point of anxiety for high school seniors. "Nevertheless, we have found that students who ranked in the top ten percent of their graduating class or who have earned a 3.5 GPA also have very good scores on their standardized tests," said Fraire.
To maintain their assured admission, students will be expected to complete core course requirements as outlined by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and keep their grades and standing at the same high level. "This is not 'easy street' or an excuse to coast in their senior year, but we do not expect that to be an issue with these talented students," Fraire said.
"Each year, we meet many strong academic students who did not apply to WSU because they feared they would not be admitted. With this policy, we are telling students that if they do extraordinarily well in high school and apply on time, they will be admitted to Washington State University and learn of their status soon after," Fraire said.
"We know that top students want to plan early for their careers at WSU and find out about our Honors College, undergraduate research, study abroad programs and other academic options," Fraire said. "We will be able to get them acclimated and involved in campus life that much sooner."
Fraire said that WSU remains strongly committed to accessibility to good students who do not reach the levels of top 10 percent or 3.5 GPA. This assured admission program will not preclude or interfere with the traditional application process. "We will continue to give a complete and comprehensive review for all applicants who do not meet this threshold," he said. "We also expect that all students, regardless of the grade average, will continue to take as rigorous a high school curriculum as they can."

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