Davis High School's graduation ceremony

Madeline Crowder, left, watches the burst of fireworks during Davis High School's graduation ceremony at Zaepfel Stadium on June 7, 2021.


Eligible students from several Yakima Valley schools will have guaranteed admission at six colleges and universities around Washington through a partnership between the districts and colleges.

Participating local districts include the Yakima, Sunnyside, West Valley, Granger, Naches Valley, Selah, Wapato and Zillah school districts, according to a list from the Washington State Council of Presidents, a group of presidents from public colleges and universities.

Colleges will reach out to eligible students, though students must still complete the application process, according to a news release from the Yakima School District. Students will have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid.

Each participating college has its own minimum, unweighted GPA requirement.

Washington State University requires a 3.6 GPA. Pacific Lutheran University requires a 3.3 GPA. Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University require a 3.0 GPA. The Evergreen State College requires a 2.5 GPA.

Students must also fulfill the College Academic Distribution Requirements, the release said.

“This is a tremendous, incredible opportunity for students to go right from high school into college and not worry so much about the application process,” YSD Superintendent Trevor Greene said in an announcement video.

The partnership comes after Washington Student Achievement Council called for a more equitable approach to the college admissions process, according to the release. Statewide, 60 districts are participating in the guaranteed admissions pilot program this school year.

Contact Vanessa Ontiveros at vontiveros@yakimaherald.com.

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