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DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENT CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment and recent governmental declarations, Washington State University has been closely monitoring the impact on students and has been re-evaluating our processes, deadlines, and requirements in response. We will do everything we can so this unforeseen situation does not adversely impact our students, current and incoming.

To help you best support your students, here is a summary of the changes we’ve made to our admissions processes for your reference:

Washington State University will not require SAT or ACT scores for applicants seeking to enter in the  summer or fall semester of 2021 or the spring semester of 2022. Accordingly … » More …

NEW VIRTUAL RESOURCES FOR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS

As many of you are aware, WSU suspended all on-campus visitation opportunities in response to the pandemic. This necessary hiatus has allowed us to reimagine our campus visit experience and create many virtual opportunities for you and your students. We are adding new resources to our virtual visit website often!

Virtual opportunities include presentations for prospective students, campus tours, financial aid information sessions, one-on-one pre-advising appointments, individual appointments with admission counselors, live online chat, presentations from academic departments, undocumented student information sessions, admitted student presentations, and much more! We encourage you to explore all of our virtual resources.

WSU SUPPORTS STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

Transitioning to college is an exciting time for many students. Now, more than ever due to the upheaval many students are feeling due to COVID-19 shutdowns, this transition can also be scary, challenging, and stressful. Stress can develop from economic uncertainty, curriculum and learning delivery changes, academic pressure, relationship changes, lack of sleep, and becoming more independent. Stress can affect mental health and impact school, and even day to day living. “Student mental health has long been a high priority at Washington State,” said Ellen Taylor, associate vice president for student engagement. “We want to make sure all students are aware of the services we … » More …

HELP AVOID FRESHMAN-YEAR RISKS BY ENCOURAGING PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parents discussing college life with their student can make the transition to higher education a little easier. Roles for parents and students can change during this transition. WSU research is tracking ways to support parent–student relationships during what can be a student’s first foray into adulthood. As part of a study aimed at increasing resources for healthy parent-child relationships by exploring positive ways for parents to support their college-age students, WSU researchers surveyed members of the past two incoming classes, learning how the handbook and other resources are helping parents and students.

See the full article in the WSU Insider.

HELP YOUR STUDENTS FIGURE OUT PLACEMENT EXAMS

WSU uses placement exams to help determine the proficiencies of your students 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 students have transferable college credit in math and/or English, they might not need to take them. Check the guide to math placement exceptions.

Use these quick reference guides to see if your students need 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 sites:

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COUNSELOR FORUM SLATED FOR AUGUST

In August 2020 we’ll be hosting a forum specifically for high school counselors! This forum comprises university leadership in enrollment management, admissions, financial aid, student affairs, and other areas to get you the information you need to best support your students. Please join us to get the latest updates on our campus and admissions changes and to get your questions answered. More information about the forum as well as the scheduled date are forthcoming.

Additionally, WSU President Kirk Schulz holds regular online Town Hall meetings related to the university’s operations, decisions, and impacts of COVID-19. The recordings of these Town Halls are available to watch … » More …

WSU RECEIVES FUNDING FROM CARES ACT

WSU was awarded $21.76 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help mitigate financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this total, $10.884 million is earmarked to assist students experiencing financial hardships caused by the pandemic. At this time, funds are being allocated to currently enrolled students (spring and summer 2020). As we get closer to the fall, our Student Financial Services office will assess the availability of funds for students enrolled in the fall semester.

HELP YOUR STUDENTS STAY ON TRACK WITH THEIR NEXT STEPS

If your students have confirmed admission to WSU, they’ve taken the first step in becoming a successful Cougar! With that milestone behind your student, help them remember that there are several other actions they need to complete over the summer:

Apply for on-campus housing.
Sign up for Alive! orientation.
Take any required placement exams.
Send final transcripts, exams, and other paperwork to WSU.
Plan ahead for the Week of Welcome!

For more details about each of these next steps, please visit our website. We also encourage your students to log in to their myWSU (WSU’s student information system) … » More …

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.