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Special Message to Applicants for the fall (August) 2021 and Spring (January 2022) semesters

Washington State University will not require SAT or ACT scores for applicants seeking to enter in 2021 or spring semester (January) 2022. This applies to all campuses in the WSU system. Accordingly, to treat applicants equitably in the admission process, SAT/ACT scores will not be used as a factor in admission decisions for the entering classes of 2021 or spring semester 2022. We look forward to your application to join the Coug family and are pleased to waive this requirement in order to facilitate your pursuit of higher education.

 

General

What majors are available at WSU?

Washington State University offers more than 200 fields of study that can contribute to majors, minors, or courses of study.

What do I need to be admitted?

That depends on whether you are:
  • A freshman coming from high school
  • A transfer student
  • An international student
  • A graduate student
See the Requirements & Applying section for the requirements that fit you. If your questions aren’t answered there, you can find and contact your admissions counselor for advice and info.

What is the application deadline?

For application deadlines and a full list of important dates, see the dates and deadlines page. All deadlines are “postmarked by” dates (not received-by dates).

Do I have to be accepted to WSU before I can apply for a scholarship?

No. Apply for scholarships at the same time you apply for admission to the University. (Or after, if you like–just be sure to apply before the deadline.)

What address should I send materials to?

Please send transcripts (and all other mailed application materials) to:

Office of Admissions 370 Lighty Student Services Bldg Washington State University PO Box 641067 Pullman, WA 99164-1067

Transcripts and test scores must be sent to WSU via secure electronic document transfer, fax, or mail (email is not accepted).

How do I know if you received my transcripts?

Check MyWSU to see if you are missing any items needed to process your application.

If I have a 2.5 transfer GPA, does that mean that I’m automatically admitted?

No. Admission is based on your academic record and performance, and also depends on available space.

Do you need transcripts from every school I’ve attended?

Yes. Ask every school you’ve attended (high school or college) to send a final official transcript to WSU, no matter when you last attended.

Why does WSU require a final official transcript?

We use the final transcript to verify the last term you attended school, to confirm you’ve graduated (from high school), and ensure that we’ve given you all the credit that’s available to you. In addition, the transcript shows your GPA at that school and helps establish your academic eligibility to transfer to WSU.

How do I know when you’ve received my application?

When you submit your application, we’ll automatically send you a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your application. If you applied by mail, you’ll receive a letter from the admissions office acknowledging receipt of your application, usually within a week to ten days.

How do I qualify for financial aid?

To see if you qualify for financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 31. All colleges use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial aid. Completing the FAFSA will help you get state and federal aid, and will help WSU consider you for additional aid — for instance, some scholarships consider financial need among their award criteria. Complete both the WSU scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure that you’re considered for the maximum amount of financial assistance. HB 1079 and DACA students should file the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) instead. More about financial aid, the FAFSA, and the WASFA.

COVID-19 Related - Prospective Students Fall 2021 and Beyond

How will a “Pass” or a “Credit” grade for high school coursework in spring or summer 2020 impact future admissions decisions?

Changes in grading systems to Pass/No Pass (P/NP) or Credit/No Credit (C/NC) as a result of COVID-19 will not adversely affect students’ admission to WSU.  This includes 8th-12th grade students taking high school coursework during this term. Students who complete high school coursework in spring or summer 2020 and receive a “pass” in lieu of a letter grade will not be negatively affected in the admission process at Washington State University. Additionally, WSU does not convert “Pass” or “Credit” grades into letter or numeric grades and does not recalculate them into a student’s cumulative GPA. We are always happy to work individually with students or our K-12 partners who may have more specific questions. Contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@wsu.edu.

How will a “Pass” or “Credit” grade for college credit bearing coursework impact future admission decisions?

Changes in grading systems to Pass/No Pass (P/NP) or Credit/No Credit (C/NC) as a result of COVID-19 will not adversely affect students’ admission to WSU. Students who complete college-level coursework in spring or summer 2020 and receive a “Pass” or “Credit” in lieu of a letter grade will not be negatively affected in the admission process at Washington State University. WSU does not convert “Pass” or “Credit” grades into letter or numeric grades and does not recalculate them into a student’s cumulative GPA. When credit is earned for transfer equivalencies graded in these formats, the equivalent credit can apply toward WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), fulfill prerequisites that require a C or better, and can apply to many major requirements. Please consult with your intended academic program (link to www.academics.wsu.edu) for additional guidance. Note: When considering pass/no pass as an alternative to ranked grades for college credit-bearing courses, we urge students to consider the long-term impacts for their education and career goals including, but not limited to, preparation for majors (e.g. nursing, engineering, and other STEM fields); prerequisite requirements; admission and transfer to out-of-state and graduate and professional schools. Alignment with NCAA and NAIA requirements, transfer, military enlistment and veteran benefits is critical for students’ long-term success.

Will WSU convert a “Pass” to a B grade (3.0) or lower?

No, WSU will not convert a “Pass” or “Credit” grade or calculate it in the cumulative GPA.

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Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.