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Admissions Distinguished University Achievement Award

Distinguished University Achievement

$4,000 per year

The University Achievement Award is automatically awarded and qualified students are notified upon their offer of admission to WSU. Awarded to students based on a combination of a minimum 3.4 unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) and qualifying SAT or ACT test scores. *


To receive the award, you must also:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (HB 1079 & DACA students eligible)
  • Be a resident of the state of Washington
  • Enroll at the Pullman campus as a freshman for fall 2017

This scholarship cannot be combined with the WSU Regents Scholarship, WSU Distinguished Regents Scholarship, or a National Merit award. 

Students who receive the Distinguished University Achievement Award, typically have a GPA in the range of 3.7-4.0 and test scores above the national average.

* Test score qualifying ranges are dependent on GPA and test date. The SAT taken prior to March 2016 (OLD SAT) are scored differently than the SAT taken after March 2016 (REDESIGNED SAT). WSU uses nationally recognized concordance tables to give the student the benefit of the best concorded score.

Cumulative, unweighted GPA on a 4 point scaleOld SAT (taken prior to March 2016)*New SAT (taken March 2016 or after)**ACT score
*Combined Critical Reading and Math Sections Only
(CR + M)
**Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math Sections
(EBRW + M)

Renewal Criteria

Renewable for an additional year or a maximum of 4 total semesters if you meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average by the end of spring semester;
  • Maintain 12 credits each semester on the Pullman campus;
  • Complete 24 graded semester credits by the end of each spring semester;
  • Maintain resident status and maintain undergraduate, non-professional degree status.
  • Must continue enrollment on the Pullman campus. 

Eligibility requirements and award amounts are subject to change.

Whether you are eligible for this particular award or not, be sure to also fill out the WSU general scholarship application by January 31 annually. It gives you the opportunity to be considered for more than 700 other scholarship programs.

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  • Fall Preview Oct. 14 & 28 This full day of University life introduces you to our excellent academics and includes a residence hall tour, a chance to talk with current students, and more.
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  • Future Cougars of Distinction An exclusive and invitation-only program for freshmen that provides top scholars an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes overview of WSU.
  • Future Cougars Embracing Diversity An opportunity for underrepresented students to see first-hand all that WSU has to offer.
  • Out-of-State Experience A spring semester event for admitted non-resident students.

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Find the right application for you below.

  • Freshman Use this application if you anticipate graduating from high school this academic year.
  • Transfer Use this application if you have attended college since graduating from high school.
  • Scholarships Make sure to apply for scholarships along with your admission application.
  • International Use this application if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
  • Returning Student If you previously enrolled at any WSU campus, and have been away for more than one semester, use this application to reapply for admission.
  • Non-Degree Use this application if you don’t intend to complete a degree at WSU and will be taking courses for personal enrichment, transfer to another college, or a teaching endorsement.
  • Post-Degree Use the post-bachelor’s application if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to add an additional degree or certificate.
  • Online Use this application if you want to earn a WSU degree online.  See the list of degrees offered online.

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