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Admissions Dates and Deadlines

To see when classes begin, university holidays, and such, check out the Registrar’s academic calendar.


  • Spring semester applications open.
  • Fall semester admission and scholarship applications open.



  • November 15 Priority date for spring semester admission.


  • January 31 Priority deadline for fall semester applications.
  • January 31 Deadline for general scholarship applications.
  • January 31 Priority date to file the FAFSA.
  • January 31 Deadline to file the WAFSA (Washington Application for Financial Aid) for DACA and HB1079 students only.


  • Apply for University housing – Returning the housing contract as soon as possible gives you a better chance of obtaining the living arrangements you prefer. The date you confirm your admission (by paying the $200 tuition deposit) and complete the housing contract determines your priority for housing.


  • March 15 Priority date to submit financial aid documents if selected for verification.


  • May 1 Confirm your admission. If you’ve been offered admission as a freshman or transfer student, pay your $200 tuition deposit to confirm your space at the University.
  • Fraternity and sorority recruitment info goes out. If you’ve been accepted to the University and have not received this information by the end of May, contact Panhellenic Council or Interfraternity Council recruitment for details.


  • Attend Alive! Sessions of this two-day mandatory registration and orientation program are available throughout the summer. Students who do not attend a summer session must attend the Fall Alive! session the week before classes begin in August.
  • Summer Advantage – Build a solid foundation for your college career with a 4-week, 7-credit head start on making the transition from high school to college.


  • Attend Alive! If you can’t attend in June, you can choose from several sessions in July or early August. New students who do not attend Transfer Registration Days or a summer Alive! session must attend the Fall Alive! session the week before classes begin in August in order to register for classes.


  • Fall Alive! your last chance to register for fall semester classes.
  • Week of Welcome for all new students takes place in mid-month, before fall semester classes begin. Be sure to attend WSU Convocation the Friday before classes start.

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Your Plans

Full Day Visits
  • Experience WSU April 15 A spring semester event for admitted students only. Experience what it’s like to live and learn at WSU.
  • Preview for Juniors April 22 Check out potential majors, meet professors and admission counselors, and see what our Cougar Spirit is all about.
  • 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.
  • 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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