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WSU First-Year Student

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’re applying to WSU for the academic year immediately after graduating from high school or you have not attended any college courses since graduation.

WSU does not require students to submit SAT/ACT test scores as part of the application process and will not use them in our admission decisions.

The admission priority application date for first-year students is March 31. You can still apply after this date on a space-available basis. Learn more.


WSU Application Process – in 4 minutes

CADR Requirements

The state of Washington maintains a set of academic core requirements called the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) that all students have to meet to qualify for college admission. You can find more information on courses that meet admission requirements through the Washington Student Achievement Council.


First-Year Categories

High School Graduate

Whether you’re applying for the semester directly after your high school graduation or have been out of high school for awhile, here’s what you need to do:

  • Ask your high school for a copy of your transcripts that you can upload with your application. If you have earned a GED, have the testing agency send us your official GED transcript instead.
  • If you have earned college credit, ask the college to send those official transcripts to WSU as well.

Students Age 25+

You’re considered a freshman for admission purposes if you’ll be 25 years or older on your first day of classes at WSU and have completed less than one year’s worth of transferable college work. See requirements for 25+ students.

  • Have your high school send us an official transcript with graduation date. If you have earned a GED, have the testing agency send us your official GED transcript instead.
  • If you have completed any college courses, be sure to list all colleges you have attended on your application and request official transcripts from each.



Did you complete some or all of your schooling at home? You’re welcome at WSU!

  • Have your official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended sent to our office.

And send one of the following two items:

  • An academic resume (homeschooled transcript) that provides documentation of all subjects studied and textbooks used, including the signature of the parent or guardian; responsible for the student’s curriculum, OR
  • An official transcript from the GED exam, if taken.

How to apply as a first-year student

1. Fill out the application

The 2023 WSU Pullman admission application is open.

The priority date for admission applications is March 31. Applications should be completed by March 31 to be eligible for automatic awarding of University waivers such as DUAA, UAA, and the WUE/Cougar Award. University waivers are awarded based on eligibility at the time of admittance to WSU. Applications received after March 31 are welcomed and will be reviewed on a space-available basis. If you choose to attend a different semester than the one indicated on your application, you’ll need to re-apply.

2. Apply for financial aid

To make sure you receive the highest possible amount of financial help, file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid for undocumented and other select applicants only).

3. Provide your official transcripts, resumes, and more.

Your next step depends on your education background.

Still In High School at Time of Application

If you are still in high school at the time of application, please do the following in addition to filling out the admission application:

  • Send your high school transcript to WSU by uploading the transcript when filling out the admission application, by using the document uploader in your myWSU account, by using an accepted documentation service such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, or eScrip-Safe, or by mailing or faxing it to us. We do not accept transcripts via email.
  • If you earned college credit, ask the college(s) to send official transcripts to WSU.

Final official transcripts must be received prior to enrollment and must be sent directly from the school or testing agency to WSU via postal mail, fax, or an accepted documentation service such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, or eScrip-Safe. Please note, we do not accept official transcripts or test scores sent via email. 

Mailing address:

Washington State University
Office of Admissions
370 Lighty Student Services Bldg.
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067
Fax: 509-335-4902

Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.