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Admission assured for academically talented students

If you’re an incoming freshman and have an outstanding academic record, we have a spot already reserved for you.


U.S. high school students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class or who have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better (on 4.0 scale) are assured admission to Washington State University.

Assured admission FAQ

Is the 3.5 GPA based on a weighted or unweighted calculation?

WSU uses the cumulative unweighted GPA, based on a 4.0 scale.

Do I still have to apply for admission?

Yes. We need a complete application before we can offer admission.A complete application includes the application form, an official high school transcript, and test scores for the SAT or ACT (sent directly from the testing agency).

Is there a deadline for assured admission?

Yes. You need to apply to WSU by the January 31 priority date to take advantage of the Assured Admission program.More about admission deadlines and dates

What if I’m not in the Top 10% of my class or don’t have a 3.5 GPA? Can Istill get into WSU?

Yes! You don’t have to have a 3.5+ GPA or top 10% class rank to get in. If you have a solid record that shows you’re well prepared to succeed at WSU, your chances of admission are good. Be sure to apply before the deadline so you can get full consideration.

Do I still have to take an SAT or ACT test?

Yes. The Washington Student Achievement Council requires standardized test scores for freshman admission to all of the state’s public universities, so you still need to take an SAT or ACT before we can admit you to the University.

Do I have to reach a minimum score on the SAT or ACT for admission?

If you meet the Top 10% or GPA requirement for assured admission, we don’t require a minimum SAT or ACT score.However, test scores still matter. For one thing, they affect scholarship consideration; doing your best on the standardized tests puts you in better position for scholarships and other financial aid.

Do I still have to complete the high school prerequisites?

Yes. The state’s standard CADRs (College Academic Distribution Requirements) still apply. We make offers of admission with the expectation that students will complete the standard high school academic core requirements before enrolling at WSU.

Does my senior year really matter if I’m assured admission?

Yes! Admission is contingent not only on completing all of the academic core courses (CADRs), but also on maintaining a solid academic performance through to graduation. Additionally, we expect students to take a meaningful academic course load their senior year; final transcripts with senior year courses are part of the standard admission requirements.

What if my GPA falls after I’ve been admitted?

Assured admission assumes you’ll keep your grades or class ranking at the 3.5 GPA/top 10% level through graduation.If you think you’ll have difficulty keeping up your academic performance, please contact the WSU Office of Admissions immediately. We’ll offer help where we can, and may be able to consider extenuating circumstances on an individual basis.

Do home-school GPAs count?

Because there can be great variability in how grades are awarded, we evaluate applications that include home-school work on a case-by-case basis, rather than strictly by GPA.More about home-school admission requirements

Does this program apply to all WSU campuses?

Yes. Assured admission is available at all WSU campuses that admit freshmen: Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Online.

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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.

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