Admissions Freshmen

Are you a freshman?

You’re considered a freshman for applications purposes if you’re applying to WSU for the academic year immediately after graduating from high school. This includes Running Start students.

You’re also considered a freshman if you haven’t attended college since high school graduation. Your age also affects how you apply, so if you’re 25 or older, check out the adult application process here.


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

Admission to WSU is offered to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications completed by the priority application date of January 31 will receive first consideration.


Applying online is preferred, but if that is not possible you can also print and mail in the freshman admission application PDF.

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.

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 February 15.

2. Provide your official transcripts and test scores.

  • 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 a transcript to WSU.
  • Have your official SAT or ACT scores sent to WSU.

Homeschooled? Your application process is a little different, find the steps to apply as a Homeschool student here.

Transcripts and test scores must be sent directly from the school or testing agency to WSU via secure electronic document transfer, fax, or mail. Email is not accepted.

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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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.
  • 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.

Make sure to fill out the general scholarship application along with your admission application.

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