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Admissions SAT & ACT Scores

Does WSU require a standardized test for admission?

Yes, WSU requires either the ACT or SAT as part of the freshman admission requirements. We use the test scores as part of the review process, but it’s important to note that grade point average, the courses a student takes, and grade trends are more important in our selection process.

Does WSU prefer the ACT or the SAT?

WSU accepts the ACT, the OLD SAT and the NEW REDESIGNED SAT tests equally; there is no preference. Test scores must come directly from the testing agency in order to be considered official.

What is “Superscoring” and does WSU do this?

“Superscoring” means taking a student’s best section score from more than one sitting of the same test, and adding them together to give the student the best possible overall score.

For students who have taken BOTH the OLD and NEW versions of the SAT, we will still “Superscore” among a student’s sittings on the OLD SAT (taken before March 2016) and —SEPARATELY— on the REDESIGNED SAT (taken March 2016 and beyond). We will not mix scores from the two versions of the SAT as the tests are constructed differently.

In cases where a student has taken more than one test (ACT, OLD SAT, REDESIGNED SAT or any combination) WSU uses nationally recognized concordance tables to determine which of the scores is relatively higher to give the student the benefit of the best concorded score.

How can I get my test scores sent to WSU?

Have your SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency. All WSU campuses use the same code for the SAT (4705) and the ACT (4482)

Tell us a bit about yourself so we can send you the right information. (Lighter fields are required.)


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.

Not sure? Find out more about our different applications.

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