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COVID-19 Related - Freshman Fall 2020 Admitted Students

I’ve been admitted to WSU for fall 2020. What is the deadline to confirm my offer of admission?

WSU has extended the May 1 deadline to June 1. If you still need more time, please contact the Office of Admissions at the WSU Campus to which you have been admitted. We’ll be glad to assist you.

Will Washington State University require the ACT/SAT for admission for fall 2020?

WSU recognizes the challenges that students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, in response, is suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2020 freshman admission. Not submitting an SAT or ACT for Fall 2020 admission will not harm any applicant in the review process. Your admission application for fall 2020 can be reviewed without the SAT/ACT, on the basis of the other information you have provided if you wish. Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@wsu.edu for assistance.

My school is closed and I am unable to obtain an official high school transcript, will this impact my fall 2020 admissions offer?

If your school can send your final transcript before classes begin in the fall, please have them do so. If they are not able to, please have them sent as soon as possible. Not having them on file with WSU before fall classes begin will not impact your fall course registration but may impact your ability to register for future terms.

How will a “Pass” or a “Credit” grade for high school coursework in spring or summer 2020 impact fall 2020 admission?

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 high school 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 in spring or summer 2020 impact fall 2020 admission?

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.

My senior-year schedule has changed and I am no longer able to complete all my College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs). Will this affect my admission to WSU?

Schedule changes due to COVID-19 will not affect a student’s admission to WSU. If the Admissions Office needs any additional information, we will reach out to students individually for more information.

Does WSU recalculate a GPA on Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit courses?

WSU does not convert “Pass” or “Credit” grades into letter or numeric grades and does not recalculate them into a student’s cumulative high school GPA.

Does WSU accept College Academic Distribution Requirement (CADR) courses taken Pass/No Pass or Credit/No Credit?

Yes, College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs) that are completed with a grade of “Pass” or “Credit” on the high school transcript will count toward meeting the CADRs for admission.

Due to changes to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International exams in spring 2020, will WSU make changes to college credit awarding policies?

Washington State University recognizes the effort that students have already made through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International. We will continue to award college credit consistent with previous years institutional policies, regardless of the assessment method or format. Changes in the methods or formats of assessment will not impact your eligibility for credit. Please visit wsu.edu/advancedcredit for WSU’s credit awarding charts.

Will summer Advising & Orientation sessions be offered in-person or remotely?

At this time, summer Advising & Orientation will be facilitated in a remote environment through the first part of the summer. Decisions regarding sessions beyond will be determined at a later date.

I may not be able to attend WSU this coming fall due to COVID 19. What should I do?

If you are unsure of your fall 2020 plans, we encourage you to keep your admission for this fall active for now. If your plans change or if you are already sure you are not able to attend WSU this fall, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@wsu.edu. If you have already enrolled in classes for fall 2020, please go to https://registrar.wsu.edu/term-withdrawal/ to complete the process to withdraw from your classes and term.

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 - Fall 2020 Transfer Applicants

Is WSU still accepting transfer student applications for fall 2020?

Yes, many campuses within the WSU system are still accepting new applications for fall 2020. Visit admission.wsu.edu for more information on all WSU campuses.

My college or university is not open and can’t send my transcript to complete my application. What do I do?

If your college is unable to send your official transcript through postal mail or electronically (e.g. , Parchment, Credential Solutions, National Student Clearinghouse) contact the Admissions at the WSU Campus to which you have been admitted. We will be happy to assist you. WSU Everett: Everett.admission@wsu.edu WSU Global Campus: online.admissions@wsu.edu WSU Tri Cities: tricities.admissions@wsu.edu WSU Pullman: admissions@wsu.edu WSU Spokane: spokane.admissions@wsu.edu WSU Vancouver: van.admissions@wsu.edu

Will COVID-19 delay my decision notification?

We do not anticipate any delay in providing transfer admission decisions.

How will a “Pass” or “Credit” grade for college credit bearing coursework in spring or summer 2020 impact fall 2020 admission?

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 summer Advising & Orientation sessions be offered in-person or remotely?

At this time, summer Advising & Orientation will be facilitated in a remote environment through the first part of the summer. Decisions regarding sessions beyond will be determined at a later date.

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.

 

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