Jun 24, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Heritage University, because of its size, location and emphasis on personalized education, considers each applicant on an individual basis. The university is interested in students who are motivated to learn, who have a genuine desire to attend Heritage, and who show evidence of being able to benefit from the educational programs. The admissions procedure has been established to help gather information that is relevant to making a decision based on these criteria.

Acceptance to the university results from an overall assessment of background rather than arbitrary standards for grades, test scores, courses taken or achievements. Because the university is small and personalized, the administration, faculty and staff are happy to take the time to explain the admissions process.

Freshman Admission

A student who has graduated from an accredited high school is eligible for admission. The university also admits students who have successfully completed the General Educational Development (GED®) test or its equivalent. While no specific high school subject matter is required for admission, the university recommends that prospective students complete three years of English; three years of history; one year of laboratory science; two years of mathematics; and four years of other academic subjects such as language, social science, etc. The high school graduate or GED® or equivalent applicant for admission submits the following documents to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A Heritage University undergraduate application for admission. An application may be obtained from the Office of Admissions, on the website (www.heritage.edu/apply), or by calling (509)-865-8508.  
  2. An official high school transcript or GED®, and test scores or equivalent credentials. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), or Washington Pre-College Test (WPCT) is recommended. After admittance, credit may be given for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) grades upon review of official scores.
  3. A Heritage University assesment for placement in writing and mathematics.

International Undergraduate and Graduate Student Admission

Students who are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident alien (green card) status are classified as domestic students; others are classified as international students. An international student may not register for courses until full acceptance to the university has been granted. For admission, submit to Admissions the following documents:

  1. A completed application for admission, including an essay or writing sample. Graduate students submit a statement of purpose/expectation instead of a writing sample.
  2. A certified transcript from high school or equivalent studies and from each college/university attended. These documents must be provided with a foreign credential evaluation.  Transcript evaluation can be done by any of the organizations with the membership in NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) We recommend the following companies; World Education Services and Foundation for International Services.
  3. For graduate admissions, a non-refundable application fee of $95.00* paid with a check, money order or credit card by phone.
  4. A completed university Confirmation of Financial Resources form reflecting a balance covering the cost associated with the program.  For Undergraduate students $33,850 USD *and for Graduate students a range between $50,968* -$123,357* depending on the graduate program of interest must be available to the student.
  5. Satisfactory proof of English proficiency by one of the following:
    1. The TOEFL iBT and TOEFL PBT are accepted.
      1. A minimal score of TOEFL iBT for undergraduate is 88
      2. A minimal score of TOEFL iBT for graduate is 97
      3. A minimal score of TOEFL PBT for undergraduate is 500
      4. A minimal score of TOEFL PBT for graduate is 550

         2.Transcript from a U.S. school verifying completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program reflecting satisfactory progress.

         3.High school or university instruction taught in English and verified by a transcript.

   6.  Personal provision must be made for housing and transportation since Heritage does not provide student housing and public transportation is not available in the area.

   An I-20 form is issued only when all the above materials have been submitted and evaluated and the student has been admitted. This document authorizes the student to request a proper   visa to study at Heritage University.

   These requirements may change if required by U.S. federal authorities. Consult with the Office of Admissions for the latest information.

* All monetary amounts in this document are in U.S. dollars.

Admissions Process for Students with Foreign Credentials

Students with foreign education credentials are required to have their transcripts evaluated by an evaluation agency. Heritage University recommends World Education Services Inc. or Foundations for International Services.

  1. A Heritage University application for admission
  2. An official transcript from each college/university attended; a high school transcript is also required of students who have earned fewer than 60 semester credits.
  3. An official copy of the transcript evaluation report with course by course translations.
  4. For students seeking undergraduate admissions, the university assessment test for writing and mathematics for placement.

Master’s Degree Student Admission

Applying to a master’s degree program at Heritage University is a two-step process. First, students must be admitted to the graduate division of the University. Then, students must apply to a specialized graduate program.

Applicants with a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university should send the following items to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A graduate application for admission. Indicate your declaration of major by checking one of the programs on the form. An application may be obtained from the Office of Admissions, on the website (www.heritage.edu/apply)
  2. A nonrefundable application fee. Please call (509)-865-8508 for more information.
  3. Official transcript from the college/university from which you earned your Baccalaureate degree.

Completion of this three-step university application process is the first part of admission to a graduate program. After receiving formal notification of admission to the graduate division of the university, an applicant may then meet with a graduate program chair to 1.) Seek final acceptance into a graduate program specialization, 2.) Develop a formalized course of study detailing required classes and the sequence of classes to be taken and 3.) Register for classes.

Transfer, Post-Baccalaureate and Residency Teaching Certificate Student Admission

Transfer students or students with a baccalaureate degree need to submit the following documents to Admissions:

  1. A Heritage University application for admission.
  2. An official transcript from each college/university attended. A high school transcript or GED is also required of students who have not completed a Washington State AA-DTA degree or at least 60 transferable semester credits.
  3. A university placement assessment in writing and mathematics is required of students who have less than an A.A. degree.  Exceptions are considered on an individual basis.
  4. Students who have completed the appropriate Associate of Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree from Washington community colleges are admitted with junior standing.
  5. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited (or candidate) colleges and universities, with the following restrictions:
    1. Transfer credits must have a minimum grade of 2.00 (C) on a 4.00 scale for undergraduates.
    2. A maximum of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of academic credit is accepted from junior and community colleges toward a four-year degree. (Occupational-vocational courses are not accepted, although exceptions may be made if relevant to a particular major or consortium agreement.)
    3. A maximum of 4 semester credits of physical education credit is accepted toward a four-year degree.
    4. A maximum of 6 semester credits of traditional courses with a pass grade is accepted; however, academic departments may have specific regulations regarding pass courses.
    5. Credits awarded through examination programs such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) are evaluated upon official scores on an individual basis.
    6. Heritage may grant credit for learning sponsored by business, industry or government, if the learning has been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE), or by the Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI) of New York.
    7. Credit may be granted for educational experience from formal military service schools that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) and that are found in the “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces.”
    8. Domestic and international students who have completed college credits in another country may be considered for freshman admission. Transfer credit is evaluated through a course-by-course credential evaluation and will require review by an external entity with expertise in the field of foreign credential assessment. The acceptance of credit is based on factors such as the current status of the transfer study, applicability to the program, and quality of grades.

Informal evaluations of transfer credit may be requested. Such evaluations are subject to change when all official transcripts are received and evaluated by the registrar. The university reserves the right to evaluate all transfer credits in relation to its programs.

Heritage reserves the right to accept or reject nontraditional means of obtaining credit, depending on the relevance and application of such credits to the total degree program.

Veterans Admission

Veterans of the U.S. military services apply for admittance, as indicated above, to the university and for Veterans benefits simultaneously. The university may allow credit for military service activities that have educational content to students who present acceptable military records. Credit for military service is evaluated based on the recommendation from the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces. Such official records are submitted as part of admission credentials.

University academic programs of study are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code.

The university complies with Executive Order 13607 (Principles of Excellence). Prior to registration, Veterans need to contact the Registrar’s office for academic counseling, financial aid counseling and student support services at Heritage.

Admission Status and Student Responsibility

  1. After all has been submitted an application with corresponding transcripts, and credentials have been reviewed, applicants are notified of their admission status. The admission letter may require that certain applicants, such as those who are returning to school after a long absence or traditional students with academic deficiencies, take a preparatory course to upgrade skills for success in college. Recommendations for such courses will be determined through the university assessment
  2. It is understood that admitted students accept all conditions and regulations of the university as provided in the catalog and the student handbook. 

Re-Admission Undergraduate Students

Former Heritage undergraduate students who have not been actively enrolled for one year are classified as inactive and must apply for re-admittance by completing the regular admissions process. Returning students who have been inactive for one or more years graduate under the requirements listed in the catalog current at the time of re-entry.

Re-Admission Graduate Students

Heritage graduate students who have not been actively enrolled for one year are classified as inactive and must apply for re-admittance to the university by completing the regular admissions process. Returning students who have been inactive for one or more years graduate under the requirements listed in the catalog current at the time of re-entry.

Re-admission is a requirement for any matriculated student who has finished a graduate course of study and returns to Heritage for another course of study, such as a certificate or an endorsement. Students seeking re-admittance need to apply for re-admission and pay the current admission fee.

Non-Degree Undergraduate Students

Students who do not wish to pursue a program leading toward a degree or certificate must complete a Heritage University application for admission. They may register for courses if space permits; if prerequisites are satisfied; and if they hold a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent. Non-Degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aidNon-Degree seeking undergraduate students may earn 12 credits at Heritage as non-matriculated students.

Credits earned as a non-degree seeking student may be applied to a degree or certificate depending on program requirements and acceptance to the institution as well as the grade received in the courses

Non-Degree Graduate Students

Students with a baccalaureate degree who do not wish to pursue a program leading toward a graduate degree or certificate must complete a Heritage University application for admission. They may register for courses if prerequisites are satisfied. Non-Degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Non-matriculated students may take only eight (8) semester credits.

Eight (8) graduate credits earned at Heritage may be applied to a master’s program when a non-degree seeking student is admitted as a graduate student.

In addition, graduate credits earned as a non-degree seeking student may not be applied to any degree or certificate unless the non-degree seeking student applies to the institution as a graduate student and is officially admitted into a graduate program.


Students who wish to take a course but without tests, credits or grade may register to audit. Permission to audit is granted for lecture courses only, not for laboratory and studio courses, and on the condition that space is available. The special fees for audit are detailed in the financial policies section.