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WSU Returning Students

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’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.

  • To go the on-campus route, use the former student application for spring or fall 2018 and follow the standard admission process. Applying online is preferred, but if that is not possible you can also print and mail in the former student application PDF. (WSU Pullman is no longer accepting electronic applications for 2017. If you are still interested in applying to WSU for fall 2017 please complete the 2017 PDF application)
  • To finish your degree online, apply through the WSU Online Degrees and Certificates program. Not all majors are offered online so check to make sure yours is available.

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 postal mail, fax, or an accepted documentation service such as Naviance, Parchment, or Docufide.  Please note, we cannot accept official transcripts sent via email. 

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
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 and Recruitment 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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