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WUE Requirements

Important: To participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program,
students must apply for on-campus housing before May 1

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

What is WUE?

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The Western Undergraduate Exchange is an undergraduate tuition program which allows students to study at the University of Nevada at a special reduced rate. No separate WUE application is necessary. All qualifying applicants will be automatically considered for WUE. Applicants will be notified of their residency status by mail and in MyNEVADA.

Participating States

Applicants from the following states may be considered, if they meet eligibility requirements:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Who is eligible?

WUE for New Freshmen

High school students with a 3.0 academic grade point average (weighted) in the following core courses and core must be complete (with in-progress work):

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra 1 and higher)
  • 3 years of natural sciences
  • 3 years of social sciences

The student must also have a minimum 22 ACT composite or 1,100 SAT I score combined critical reading and math. The University uses the best composite/combined score from  a single test sitting. The University does not superscore. 

In order to be considered for WUE status, students must submit a completed application  and have test scores and transcripts sent to the University by February 1 for fall and by January 5 for spring. Freshmen will not be considered for WUE if they have any college experience after the summer immediately following their high school graduation. Students with college credits after high school may only be considered for WUE if admitted as a transfer student (see transfer WUE requirements below).

WUE freshmen must live on campus in University housing for the first year. Student must stay in good academic standing and have continuous enrollment to maintain WUE.  WUE is limited to 4 years.

WUE for Transfer Students

New transfer students may be eligible for WUE. Students will need to have completed 24 transferable credits from an accredited post-secondary institution within a WUE state and have a 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA (from all institutions).

In order to be considered for WUE status, students must submit a completed application to the University by July 15 for fall and January 5 for spring. Student must stay in good academic standing and have continuous enrollment to maintain WUE. WUE is limited to 4 years.

NOTE: Students cannot begin the process of attempting to establish Nevada residency for tuition purposes while participating in and receiving the benefits of the WUE tuition program.

*WUE requirements listed above are for current academic year unless otherwise noted. WUE is only available at the time of admission. WUE is subject to change without notice.

Good Neighbor Program

What is the Good Neighbor program?

As of June 17, 2011 we are no longer accepting students into the Good Neighbor program. The program was eliminated on June 17 by Regent action. Anyone admitted prior to that date will be grandfathered in. Anyone not admitted as of the 17th may not be given such status.

Students who are currently enrolled as GOOD NEIGHBOR must remain continuously enrolled in order to retain the reduced tuition benefit.

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