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WSU Dates and Deadlines

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



  • October 1 The FAFSA and WASFA (Washington Application for Financial Aid) open. Learn more about the FAFSA and the WASFA from WSU Student Financial Services.
  • 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.


  • November 15 Spring application priority date.


  • January 9–10 Attend Spring Alive! new student orientation for students enrolling Spring semester.
  • January 31 


  • March 15 Priority date to submit financial aid documents if selected for verification.
  • March 29–30 Attend Transfer Alive!, an orientation session designed specifically for transfer students. Students who attend this session will register for classes before all other students.


  • 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.


  • June 1 Confirm your admission. If you’ve been offered admission as a freshman or transfer student, pay your $200 non-refundable tuition deposit to confirm your space at the University.
  • Attend an Alive! new student orientation session. Check the Alive! website for available dates.
  • 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 an Alive! new student orientation session. Check the Alive! website for available dates.


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