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Admissions Registration and Orientation

Registration and orientation

After you’ve decided to attend WSU and paid your advance tuition deposit to let us know you’re coming, you’ll need to sign up for registration and orientation.

All new students have to attend a registration/orientation session to register for classes.

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the summer and fall, so no worries about getting in.

Choose the event and date that fit you best:

  • Spring orientation– Held in January for all students starting spring semester.
  • Alive orientation — Most of our new students attend Alive! in the summer.
  • Fall Alive — Held in August. If you can’t make Alive! in the summer, here’s your last chance. International students often attend this session, as it fits within the arrival window specified by U.S. visa regulations.
  • Transfer Registration Days — A registration event for transfer students only (transfers can also attend Alive!).

Registration/orientation dates are available throughout the summer and fall.

You may also want to consider: 

  • WSU Summer Advantage, a program which lets you get to campus and earn college credit before fall semester starts.

Tell us a bit about yourself so we can send you the right information. (Lighter fields are required.)


Your Plans

Full Day Visits
  • Experience WSU A series of fall and spring semester events for admitted students. Experience what it’s like to live and learn at WSU.
  • Fall Preview Oct. 14 & 28 This full day of University life introduces you to our excellent academics and includes a residence hall tour, a chance to talk with current students, and more.
  • Game Day Tours Coming to a home football game? Add a tour to your day and see what academics and athletics is all about at WSU.
  • Future Cougars of Distinction An exclusive and invitation-only program for freshmen that provides top scholars an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes overview of WSU.
  • Future Cougars Embracing Diversity An opportunity for underrepresented students to see first-hand all that WSU has to offer.
  • Out-of-State Experience A spring semester event for admitted non-resident students.

Campus tours
  • Walking Tours Prospective Students, sign up for a walking campus tour.
  • Group Tours Teachers, Counselors, and Professionals, plan a visit for your class or student group.

Find the right application for you below.

  • Freshman Use this application if you anticipate graduating from high school this academic year.
  • Transfer Use this application if you have attended college since graduating from high school.
  • Scholarships Make sure to apply for scholarships along with your admission application.
  • International Use this application if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
  • Returning Student If you previously enrolled at any WSU campus, and have been away for more than one semester, use this application to reapply for admission.
  • Non-Degree Use this application if you don’t intend to complete a degree at WSU and will be taking courses for personal enrichment, transfer to another college, or a teaching endorsement.
  • Post-Degree Use the post-bachelor’s application if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to add an additional degree or certificate.
  • Online Use this application if you want to earn a WSU degree online.  See the list of degrees offered online.

Not sure? Find out more about our different applications.

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