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WSU Freshmen

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.

To facilitate your pursuit of higher education, Washington State University will not require and will not consider SAT or ACT scores for students applying for a 2021 term or the spring term of 2022.

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 application

The WSU Pullman admission application is open. We will start reviewing applications in October.

The priority date for admission applications is January 31. Applications must be completed by January 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 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 3.6+ 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, 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.

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 to do:

  • Ask your high school to send your official transcripts to WSU. 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 an adult student 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.

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

  • 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.

In addition to your application and transcripts, please also send a brief essay (no more than one page) addressing why you want to attend WSU and what you have done over the past few years to prepare yourself to be academically successful at WSU.

Homeschool

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 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.

 

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.