Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Reduced tuition at ASU — it's the neighborly thing to do

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Residents of western states (other than Arizona) may enroll in the ASU WUE program at a tuition rate of 150 percent of Arizona base resident tuition plus all applicable fees for fall and spring terms only. WUE programs are limited to select majors at ASU's Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West campuses.

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WUE enrollment and eligibility information

General eligibility requirements

  • Students must be a permanent resident of Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Students must apply to one of the ASU WUE-eligible majors or programs.
  • To maintain WUE eligibility, you must follow certain requirements including remaining enrolled in your WUE-eligible major and campus. See all the requirements for maintaining WUE eligibility.
  • Any currently enrolled ASU student who does not meet initial eligibility requirements as a first-year student or a transfer student, can be re-evaluated after completing 12 credit hours at ASU with a minimum 2.50 ASU cumulative GPA. Students can email WUE@asu.edu to be reviewed once final grades have been posted.

First-year student requirements

  • First-year students must have a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher in competency courses (this is known as the ABOR GPA), or have an SAT of 1180 or ACT of 24 (not including the writing portion of these exams) or higher.
  • First-year students are expected to live in an ASU residence hall during their first year. Please see asu.edu/housing for more information.
  • WUE first-year students may be eligible for an ASU nonresident merit-based WUE scholarship. ASU will notify qualified admitted first-year students in writing of this award.

Transfer student requirements

  • Transfer students must have an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all transferable coursework.
  • Transfer students must have less than 120 transferable semester credits.
  • Community college transfer students must have a minimum of an associate degree or 60 transferable semester credits (90 quarter credits are needed for students transferring from a community college on the quarter system).
  • BAS degree programs are only open to students who have an AAS or equivalent degree
  • All final transcripts must be filed two weeks prior to the start of your first semester at ASU in order to be evaluated for WUE.
  • No individual review is conducted for transfer students.

Individual review

Students who don’t meet the above standards will be considered for the WUE program through individual review. Through this process, Admission Services will review all available information about a student’s application, carefully considering all aspects of a student’s academic background and accomplishments. Submission of an ACT or SAT score is highly recommended. In some cases, additional information might be requested.

Application procedures

No separate application is required. All applicants meeting eligibility requirements will automatically receive the WUE rate.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application for admission including all required supporting documents to Admission Services by the preferential application date (First-year student, Transfer). After the published dates, some ASU colleges and schools may limit admission to their program. ASU encourages you to submit your application and all supporting materials well before these dates.
  • Indicate an intended major or program that is one of the ASU WUE-eligible programs on the application.
  • Meet all other applicable ASU admission requirements.

ASU will notify you in writing if you are eligible for and placed into WUE. This process occurs after your admission to ASU.

Financial aid

Once placed into WUE, the student's financial aid budget will be adjusted to reflect the cost of attendance calculated with the WUE tuition rate. WUE students are not eligible for ASU nonresident merit-based scholarships or grants. (The only exception is the WUE merit scholarship for first-year students.)

More information about WUE

If you have questions about WUE, please contact your ASU admission representative or visit the Western Undergraduate Exchange website .

Contact my rep

Current students with questions on maintaining eligibility, should contact University Registrar Services at WUE@asu.edu.

Frequently asked questions about WUE

What is WUE?

WUE, or the Western Undergraduate Exchange program, is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) can enroll in specific ASU degree programs at a rate of 150 percent of resident base tuition. There are more than 100 ASU WUE degrees you can choose from on ASU's Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West campuses.

What states are considered WUE eligible?

Students from the following states are eligible to participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program at ASU: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Once I’m considered eligible for WUE, do I stay eligible?

To stay eligible for WUE, you must follow certain guidelines including remaining a resident of your home state, remaining in your WUE-eligible major or switching to another WUE-eligible major, maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, maintaining continuous enrollment in the fall and spring semesters, earning at least 24 credits per year, and completing your program within eight semesters. See all the requirements for maintaining WUE eligibility.

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