Apply as a transfer student
You’re considered a transfer student for admission purposes if you have attended college after the summer following high school graduation.
If you earned your college credit while you were still in high school (e.g., through Running Start), follow the steps for freshman admission. If you are an international student, visit the international admission page.
How to apply as a transfer
1. Fill out the transfer application.
Admission to WSU is offered to qualified students 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 2016 transfer admission application PDF.
If you choose to attend a different semester than the one indicated on your application, you’ll need to re-apply.
2. Request transcripts from all colleges you have attended.
If you have less than a full year of college credit to transfer, we may ask you to also have your high school transcript (or G.E.D.) and test scores (SAT or ACT) sent to WSU.
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.
Washington State University
Office of Admissions
370 Lighty Student Services Bldg.
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067
After you apply
When we receive your application, the application fee or waiver request, and official transcripts from the colleges you’ve attended, the Office of Admissions will review your application and all supporting materials. During our review we’ll determine your total number of transferable college credits, cumulative GPA in the transferable work, and which University common requirements (UCORE) you’ve completed. Courses that are applicable to your major will be evaluated by the department you’re planning to major in.
Once we have completed our review, we will notify you of the admission decision by letter.
For more information on checking your application status through WSU’s secure online portal, visit my.wsu.edu.
Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.
Some WSU requirements to be aware of
While you can surely take care of your graduation requirements after you enroll here, preparing in advance for these two WSU requirements can help you make the most of your time, both before you transfer and after.
All students at WSU are required to complete a writing portfolio after reaching 60 credits, which is generally during the junior year.
The writing portfolio consists of two parts:
- A packet containing three samples of original graded writing from three different college courses
- A two-part impromptu timed essay
Keep all the papers you write for your college courses. You can use papers written for classes you took at your previous college in your portfolio packet.
See the junior writing portfolio guidelines for more information.
Certifying in your major
At WSU, most students are advised by the college in which they plan to major. Deciding students are advised in the College of Arts and Sciences until they select a major. In general, students can take care of the prerequisites and certify a major sometime in their sophomore year.
In some programs at WSU, you need to certify your major before you can take upper-level courses in that subject. With advance planning, you may be able to meet certification requirements before transferring.
A few majors, architecture and engineering for example, require specific courses that aren’t available at most two-year colleges, so you might need to plan on completing some prerequisites after you enroll at WSU. For these majors, it’s generally better to transfer to WSU as soon as possible.
Be sure to contact the program you’ll be majoring in to see what is required to certify in your major.