Requirements & Applying

Requirements, dates, deadlines, applying

All you need to know about Washington State University's admission requirements and the application process.


Washington State University
Office of Admissions
370 Lighty Student Services Bldg.
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067

Dates and deadlines

Deadlines and important dates — Make sure you do the right things at the right time.

Special Programs

Assured admission

If you're among the top 10 percent of your high school class or if you've earned at least a 3.5 GPA, you're assured admission to WSU. Apply for admission and scholarships by the January 31 priority deadline, keep your grades up, and no worries: you're in. More about assured admission

Requirements and how to apply

One size doesn't fit all in college admissions. Depending on where you've been and what your educational purpose is, the requirements you need to meet and the application you'll fill out may differ.


You're considered a freshman for admission purposes if:

  • You're applying to WSU for the academic year immediately after graduating from high school (Running Start students are considered freshmen for admission purposes).
  • You haven't attended college following the summer after high school graduation and are under 25.


You're considered a transfer student if you attended an accredited college or university after your high school graduation (but not including the summer immediately following your graduation).

International undergraduate 

You need to apply for admission as an international student if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Former WSU student

Apply as a former student if you previously attended at least one full semester at any WSU campus and have been away from WSU for two semesters or more.

Adult student

If you'll be 25 years or older on your first day of classes at WSU and you have less than a full year of college work to transfer, follow these instructions to apply.

Home school

If you received some or all of your high school education through home-based instruction, follow these steps to apply to WSU.

Non-degree and second bachelor's

Use this info if: a) you already have a four-year college degree and want to pursue another degree; or b) you want to take a few courses for personal enlightenment or a certificate and don't intend to join a degree program.

Ready to Apply?

Fill out your admission and scholarship application and get other admission-related forms.

Please Note: In evaluating student applications, WSU reserves the right to ask for all education records, which include disciplinary records, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

AP and IB credit

WSU offers credit for qualifying scores on AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) exams.
AP and IB credit at WSU

Other ways to go to WSU

Online degrees and summer classes

Visit the WSU Online and Summer Session sites for info on admission requirements and course offerings.

Grad school and professional degrees

WSU has more than 70 graduate degree programs. Visit the WSU Graduate School for info, applications, and requirements.

Check out the University's professional health and medicine degrees: