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WSU Freshmen

The fall 2019 freshman admission application has closed. The WSU Pullman freshman admission application for spring, summer, and fall 2020 will be available August 1. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.

You’re considered a freshman 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.

This includes:

  • Running Start students.
  • Homeschooled students.
  • Students 25 and older who haven’t attended college since high school graduation.

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.

How to apply as a freshman

1. Fill out the freshman application

The WSU Pullman freshman admission application for spring, summer, and fall 2020 will be available August 1.

The priority date for admission applications is January 31. Applications received after January 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.

If you’re in the top 10 percent of your class or have a 3.5+ unweighted GPA, check out WSU’s assured admission program. We have a spot waiting for you.

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 HB 1079 students only) by January 31.

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

Your next step depends on your education background.

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 send in:

  • Have your high school send your official transcripts to WSU. If you have college credit through Running Start or a similar program, ask the college to send those transcripts to WSU as well.
  • Have your official SAT or ACT scores sent to WSU. For more information on how WSU uses these scores, visit our FAQ.

Students 25 and older

You’re considered an adult student for admission purposes if you’ll be 25 years or older on your first day of classes at WSU and have less than one year’s worth of college work to transfer.

If you’re considered a freshmen, please include the following materials:

  • Have your high school send us an official transcript with graduation date. If you have a GED, have the testing agency send us your official GED transcript instead.
  • If you have completed some college courses, also have the college (or colleges) you attended send us your official transcripts.

In addition to your application and transcripts, please also send:

  1. A resume covering the last five years; and
  2. A brief essay (no more than one page) addressing why you want to attend WSU.

Homeschool Graduate

Did you complete some or all of your schooling at home? You’re welcome at WSU and your requirements are nearly the same as other freshmen!

  • Have your official scores from the SAT or the ACT and official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended sent.

And send one of the following:

  • An academic resume 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.

Transcripts and test scores 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, or eScrip-Safe. Please note, we cannot accept official transcripts 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.



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