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NOTICE: Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment and recent governmental declarations, we are evaluating our processes and deadlines. Please note that we will do everything we can so this unforeseen situation does not adversely impact our students, current and incoming. We are working diligently to address your concerns throughout this nationwide situation and we will provide more information as soon as it is available. Thank you for your continued patience.

All On-Campus Admissions and Recruitment Events Suspended Until Further Notice

At Washington State University, we have been carefully evaluating wellness and safety concerns related to COVID-19. It is with thoughtful consideration that WSU Pullman has decided to suspend all daily campus tours, visitation events (Experience WSU, Transfer Alive!, and Preview for Juniors), and group visits in response to the evolving COVID-19 environment. We are working diligently to provide virtual methods of these programs and will have more information available the week of March 23. To learn more about WSU’s continued response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 information page.

WSU Monitoring COVID-19

Washington State University has been closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The website will serve as the university’s central source of updates and information about COVID-19. Questions, suggestions and recommendations from the WSU community can be sent to


May 1 is known as National College Decision Day, which is the date in which most students to confirm their admission. We understand this is a stressful spring for students and families and we are here to help. While we encourage students to confirm before May 1, we understand some families may need time and an opportunity to visit campus before making a final decision. We will communicate frequently with updates on both virtual and in-person opportunities to visit campus.


We want your student to succeed. We, therefore, use placement exams to help determine the proficiencies of your student so we can enroll them in the most appropriate core math and English courses. While most students are required to take the exams, if your student has transferable college credit in math and/or English, he or she might not need to take them.

Use these quick reference guides to see if your student needs to take our math and writing placement exams:

Math placement guide

Writing placement guide

More information about our math and English placement exams can be found by visiting the following … » More …


Congratulations to the parents and guardians of all of our admitted students for the incoming fall 2020 semester! Spring at WSU is a very exciting time—we host several campus visit events and get to see the energy, excitement, and personality that your students bring to our campus. This spring is especially lively with our confirmed future Cougs making their mark on the commemorative 2020–2021 WSU flag at these events!

If your student has confirmed admission to WSU and is registered to attend one of our spring visit events, the opportunity to sign the incoming class flag awaits! Students who confirm admission to WSU onsite … » More …

What is Third Party Access?

Third Party Access allows the student to grant access to their information (i.e. grades, class specifics, charges/refunds, and financial aid) to any third parties they choose, including parents and guardians.

The process is easy! Follow the steps below, or watch the step-by-step video instructions.

Student must log on to their myWSU account
Click on ‘Main Menu’
Select ‘Self Service’
Click on ‘Third Party Access’
Click on ‘Third Party Access’ (a second time)

Talk with your student now to encourage them to set up Third Party Access. This will allow you to call our office when school starts to … » More …

Understanding the Parent Plus Loan Process

With financial aid awarding season underway, we understand there are many questions parents may have surrounding the Parent Plus Loan application process.

The Parent Plus Loan (PPL) is a form of financial aid which allows parents or stepparents (but not legal guardians or grandparents) to borrow up to the total annual cost of a student’s undergraduate education, minus any other aid the student may be receiving in the forms of grants, scholarships, waivers or other direct loans such as the Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans. Unlike other forms of aid, the PPL is not based on the family’s income or asset information but rather the parent’s … » More …

Don’t Let Common Inaccuracies Delay Financial Aid

All new freshmen and transfer students who filed a 2020–2021 FAFSA or WASFA should already have received their financial aid estimate or their actual financial aid award. However, there are a few common inaccuracies that can delay a student’s estimate and award:
1. the student’s social security number is entered incorrectly on the FAFSA/WASFA and/or the admission application
2. the social security number wasn’t entered at all in the admission application (which is optional)
3. the student’s name is misspelled or their date of birth was entered incorrectly on either the FAFSA/WASFA or the admission application.

When we identify any of these … » More …

Quick Tips for Navigating How to Pay for College

When determining a student’s costs associated with attending WSU and the options, a few things should be considered:

Determine what your student’s direct and indirect costs are:

Direct costs are those that are billed by and payable to WSU (tuition and fees, room and board, etc.)
Indirect costs are those that are not billed by and payable WSU, like transportation or books (these are still real expenses, but they may not be billed from WSU)
Students receiving financial aid are given a cost of attendance when awarded aid. This is WSU’s estimate of what it will cost to attend for a year. … » More …