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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

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The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is an undergraduate tuition program that allows students to study at the University of Nevada, Reno at a special reduced rate. WUE students are not subject to out-of-state tuition charges and no separate WUE application is required. All qualifying applicants will be automatically considered for WUE and will be notified of their residency status by mail and in MyNEVADA.

Use the Cost Calculator to estimate the cost of attendance for a student participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange reduced tuition program.

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

*PLEASE NOTE: WUE freshmen deadline for Fall 2015 is February 1, 2015.*

*Due to an overwhelming response from students applying from WUE states, the WUE deadline has been extended for students who apply by the May 1 freshman admission application deadline.

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

WUE Eligibility for New Freshman

High school students must have a 3.0 academic grade point average (weighted) in the following core courses. 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 1100 SAT 1 score combined Critical Reading and Math. The university uses the best composite/combined score from a single test sitting. The University does not superscore.

Students must also attend the University immediately following their high school graduation. For students with college credits after high school, they may only be considered for WUE if admitted as a transfer student (see transfer student WUE requirements below).

In order to be considered for WUE status, students must submit a completed application, test scores, and transcripts to the University by February 1 for Fall admission. New freshman applying for the Spring must email for further instructions.

Once awarded WUE:

  1. Freshman must participate in Advanced Registration.
  2. WUE freshman must live on-campus in University housing for the first year and must have a housing application on file by May 1. Students do not need to be admitted to the University to apply for housing. Students may apply for housing as soon as they receive their NSHE ID, which typically occurs via email within 24 hours after submitting an application for admission.
  3. Students must remain in good academic standing and have continuous enrollment to maintain WUE.
  4. WUE is limited to 4 years.

WUE Eligibility 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). WUE is only available to transfer students earning their first bachelor's degree.

If transferring from another Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution within WUE status, please email for specific requirements.

In order to be considered for WUE status, students must submit a completed application to the University by July 1 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.

Participating States

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

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I was just admitted to the University yesterday. How will I know I was approved for WUE?

Answer: WUE consideration is a separate process and may take up to 7 to 10 business days after a student is admitted. All qualifying applicants will be automatically considered for WUE. If approved, a WUE notification will be sent via email and hard copy letter. Copies will be located in your Communication Center in MyNEVADA. Additionally, WUE will appear in MyNEVADA on the Student Center dashboard, under the Demographic Data link listed in the Residency Data tab.

Question: I received an "out-of-state" notification letter and I believe I am WUE eligible. What can I do?

Answer: If you received this letter, it indicates you did not meet the WUE requirement at the time of admission. Please check the WUE requirements above to be sure you qualify. It is possible you have met the requirements, but have not submitted an official document for us to complete the WUE review process. If you have additional questions about your WUE status, please email

Question: I received a 1350 SAT score, including the writing section. Does that count?

Answer: We only use the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT. Writing scores are not considered for admission or for WUE.

Question: Do I need to take the writing portion of the ACT for admission or for WUE?

Answer: We do not use the writing portion of the test for admission or WUE evaluation purposes.

Question: My GPA is just short of the required 3.0 GPA. Is there a waiver available for WUE?

Answer: Students must meet all requirements listed above and will not be considered for WUE until we have official documents on file reflecting these requirements.  We do not round up, so students must meet the minimum requirement exactly. 

All new work must be received by August 1st for the fall semester and January 5th for the spring semester.  Requests for re-evaluation may take 10 to 15 working days.  Students who have not received a WUE notification after 15 working days should email to follow up on their request. 

Question: I am WUE eligible at another institution. Why am I not eligible at the University of Nevada, Reno?

Answer: Participating institutions determine their own WUE requirements, therefore, eligibility will vary.

Question: If I don't meet the requirements before I attend the University, may I earn WUE once I matriculate to the University?

Answer: WUE is only available at the time of admission therefore students must meet all requirements by August 1st (for Fall start) and January 5th (for Spring start).  Students who do not meet the WUE requirements by the deadline and begin taking classes at the University will be considered out-of-state and ineligible for WUE once they matriculate to the University. 

Question: Is there an appeals process if I don't meet all of the WUE eligibility requirements?

Answer: We do not allow WUE waivers and the decision is not eligible for appeal. Students must meet all requirements by the deadline or will be considered out-of-state for tuition purposes.

Freshman Student FAQ

Question: How do I know what courses you are using to calculate my academic GPA?

Answer: We use an academic GPA for both admission and WUE consideration. We count the best 8 grades in approved core English courses and the best 6 grades in approved core Natural Science, Math, and Social Science courses to calculate the academic GPA. We do not use "+" or +-" in our calculations (e.g. a B- is calculated as a B).

Question: If my test scores do not meet the requirement, may I take the test again for further consideration?

Answer: New freshmen may continue to submit additional test scores for WUE reconsideration. We will accept ACT and SAT test scores through August 1st prior to their first semester at the University.  The last official ACT and/or SAT test administration is typically early to mid-June. Please check the testing agency website for dates and registration deadlines. If you achieve a qualifying test score and meet all other requirements prior to August 1st, your file will automatically be re-evaluated for WUE consideration.

Question: Will you use my best SAT Critical Reading and best Math score from two different tests to calculate my combined SAT score?

Answer: We do not superscore. We use the best combined scores (or ACT composite score) from one test administration date.

Transfer Student FAQ

Question: I already have a bachelor's degree from another institution. Am I eligible for WUE at the University of Nevada, Reno?

Answer: WUE is only available to students pursuing their first bachelor's degree.

Question: I will not have 24 transferable credits (or have the required 3.0 cumulative GPA) until after my current semester transcripts are posted. When will you review my file for WUE?

Answer: Transfer students must meet both transfer credit and GPA requirements to be evaluated for WUE. For WUE consideration, official documents must be submitted by August 1 for Fall and January 5 for Spring. Please email to alert us of an incoming supplemental transcript and request WUE reconsideration.

I have been approved for WUE, now what?

Question: What is the cost-per-credit for WUE students?

Answer: Based on 2014-2015 costs, WUE students pay $287.25 per credit, in addition to other student fees. Please visit the online cost calculator for an estimate.

Question: May a freshman request a waiver from on-campus living?

Answer: Freshman awarded WUE are required to live on-campus their first year. There are no exceptions. If a housing application and deposit is not on file by May 1, WUE will be rescinded.

Question: What are the benefits of applying for housing early before I know for sure I am going to attend the University of Nevada, Reno?

Answer: Students must apply for housing by May 1 in order to comply with the WUE on-campus housing requirement. Freshmen out of compliance will be removed from the WUE program.  Applying early provides students with the following benefits:

  • Increases chances of getting assigned top choices in residence hall
  • Increases chances of getting assigned with roommate requests (be sure you apply for housing at about the same time, choose the same residence halls options and list each other on your application)
  • Ensures you meet the WUE requirement well before the waiting list begins

Question: I received my scholarship offer letter. Why isn't WUE listed?

Answer: WUE is a reduced tuition program (or residency status). It is not a scholarship and will not be listed on a scholarship offer letter. WUE students may be eligible for scholarship money in addition to receiving the discounted tuition if they apply by the February 1 deadline and meet the scholarship eligibility requirements.

Question: How many credits does a student need to be enrolled in each semester to keep WUE?

Answer: There is no minimum credit requirement. However, students must be continuously enrolled during the Fall and Spring semesters to retain WUE.  WUE is limited to 4 years and in order to complete your degree within that time frame, you need to be enrolled in at least 15 credits per semester.  It is recommended that you also consider taking winter and summer session courses to ensure you finish in 4 years.

For more information refer to 15 to Finish.

Current WUE Student Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Will I lose WUE if I change my major?

Answer: WUE is available to all majors.

Question: I won't be enrolling in 15 credits this semester will I lose my WUE?
Answer: No you will not lose your WUE. We highly encourage WUE students to enroll in at least 15 credits each semester in order to stay on a 4 year graduation track because you can only receive WUE for a max of 4 years. If you do not enroll in 15 credits or more in any one given semester this means you may lose your WUE tuition discount before graduating and will be charged full out of state tuition and fees. It is in your best interest to enroll full time in order to take full advantage of this tuition discount.

Question: I am on academic probation this semester, will I lose my WUE?

Answer: No you will not lose your WUE if you are on academic probation. However if you stay on academic probation and are unable to raise your University of Nevada GPA above a 2.0 by the end of your second semester of probation you will be academically dismissed. If you are academically dismissed from the University you will lose your WUE tuition discount.

Question: If I take a semester off will I lose my WUE?

Answer: If you do not submit and have an approved Leave of Absence for the time you will not be taking classes, yes you will lose your WUE tuition discount. If you plan on taking a semester or 2 consecutive semesters of leave you will need to submit a Leave of Absence request. If you do not submit a leave of absence request or if it is denied and you are not continually enrolled you will lose your WUE tuition discount. Please note if you are on an approved Leave of Absence, these semester(s) do count towards the max 4 years of WUE. 

Question: May I request an extension for WUE once my 4 year limit is reached?

Answer: During the last semester of your 4 year WUE limitation, you will receive a notification from Admissions. The email will provide instructions on the appeal process for an extension of up to two semesters. You must submit documentation on how you will reach graduation within the time period you are requesting an extension.

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