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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 non-refundable tuition deposit) and complete the housing contract determines your priority for housing.


  • November 15 Spring application priority date.


  • January — Attend Spring Alive new student orientation for students enrolling Spring semester.
  • January 31 
    • Fall semester admission application priority date. Students who may be eligible for automatic awarding of tuition waivers, such as DUAA, UAA, and the WUE/Cougar Award must complete their application file by this date.
    • WSU General Scholarship Application deadline
    • FAFSA priority date
    • WASFA priority date (for DACA or HB 1079 students only)


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


  • May 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.
  • Fraternity and sorority recruitment information goes out. If you’ve been accepted to the University and have not received this information by the end of May, contact the Panhellenic Council or Interfraternity Council for details.


  • 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 is 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.