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Returning to WSU to complete your undergraduate degree?

You’re considered a returning student if you previously enrolled at WSU as an undergraduate degree-seeking student at any WSU campus and have been away for more than one semester, excluding the summer semester.

If you attended only a summer session and applied through the Summer Session office, you’re not considered a former student returning and you’ll need to fill out a freshman or transfer admission application.

If you’ve been absent for only one semester, you don’t need to reapply. Contact the Academic Success and Career Center to plan your next steps.

Consider your options

You have a few options to choose from. In planning your return to WSU, you may need to consider what your situation was when you left, how many college credits you have, and what kind of degree you want.

Online or on campus?

You can choose to finish your degree either on campus or from a distance through the Global Campus.

What about your major?

Whether you do WSU Online or take classes on campus, you’ll probably want to check up on what courses you might need to take.

If you certified a major at WSU

  • To finish the major you certified, contact the program you were majoring in and talk to an advisor about what requirements you’ll need to finish.
  • If you want to study a different major, contact the Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC)  for advising. The ASCC will help you figure out what you’ll need to certify in a new major.

If you haven’t certified a major yet

Do you have a solid academic record?

If your GPA at WSU never went below 2.0, no worries. If you earned below a 2.0 GPA in your last semester at WSU or had a cumulative GPA below 2.0, you’ll need to complete a reinstatement application which includes a personal statement.

More about academic reinstatement.

Applying for admission

Here’s how to apply to the WSU Pullman campus.

For online degrees, apply to WSU Online.

1. Fill out the Former/Returning Student admission application.

2. If you’ve taken college courses elsewhere since you left WSU, request official transcripts from all colleges you attended.

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

Office of Admissions
370 Lighty Student Services Bldg
Washington State University
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067
Fax: 509-335-4902 

3. If you’re currently taking college courses, have a copy of your final transcript sent to the WSU Office of Admissions when your coursework is complete.

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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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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