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Make it official!

Whether you’re a first-year student or a transfer student, use this easy-to-remember list to make sure you get everything done before classes start. You must confirm your offer of admission before completing any of the other tasks listed below.



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On-campus housing — The housing application requires a $400 advanced housing payment. First-year students are required to live on campus for their first year. This rule also applies to students under 20 years of age with less than one year of post-high school college credit. Transfer students not bound by the first-year students Live-in Rule also have the option to live off campus. You will be eligible to apply for housing 24 hours after confirming your admission to WSU when the application is open.

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Get your writing placement and math placement assessments done before attending New Coug Orientation. Review your transcripts to determine if you need to take the assessments. If you have transferable college credit in math and English, you may not need to. If you are unsure, our math placement assessment guide and writing placement assessment guide should help. You are also welcome to contact your admission counselor with questions!

If you are wanting to take any foreign language courses, you’ll also need to take the foreign language placement test before enrolling in any foreign language courses. The foreign language placement test is not required if you do not intend to enroll in foreign language courses.

You may register for Orientation before completing the placement assessments. Honors College students are not required to take the writing placement assessment.


Attend New Coug Orientation. Our required (and fun!) orientation program is where you’ll meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the summer, so you choose the program dates that work best for you.

The New Coug Orientation fee is $250 for students.

Record of measles (Rubeola) immunization is required before registering for classes. You should also review our immunization recommendations. Forms  are available from WSU’s Cougar Health Services.

WSU system-wide will require proof of the COVID-19 vaccination, or approved exemption, for the 2022 academic year for all students engaging in activities at a WSU campus or location.

Send official final transcripts, exams, and other paperwork. Request official high school or college transcripts with final grades and AP/IB/AICE scores be sent to WSU.


Financial Aid

File the FAFSA or WASFA. Submit financial aid verification documents by March 15 (if required).


Student Account

Sign in to myWSU (WSU’s student information system) to review your personal to-do lists for financial aid, orientation, and more.



Send final transcripts, exams, and other paperwork. Request official high school or college transcripts with final grades and AP/IB/AICE scores be sent to WSU.


Get Ready

Plan ahead for university move-in, the Week of Welcome, and the start of fall semester classes.


Campus Maps

Top 10 Places to Visit on Campus

Ready to explore campus? Download this map to discover some of our favorite places on campus.

Download Map

Self-guided Tours

Ready to tour the campus? Register for a self-guided tour! Each registered family will have a labeled folder with their self-guided tour map, brochure about WSU, and a Bookie coupon.

Sign Up For a Self-Guided Tour

Travel Guide

Trying to figure out what accommodations are available in Pullman? Check out the travel guide which outlines some of the ways to get to Pullman, the variety of rental car options once you’re here, and the various local overnight accommodations.

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Downloadable Resources