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Transfer Guide

Continuing your education at WSU pays off. No matter the path you’ve taken to college, we are here to help you reach your dreams through life-changing research, expert faculty and powerful alumni connections. Here you’ll find all the information you’ll need to get started today.


You’re considered a transfer student for admission purposes if you have attended college after the summer following high school graduation. There are no credit minimums or course requirements to be eligible to transfer.

The application priority date is November 15.

The application priority date is July 15.

After you’re admitted, we’ll create a transfer credit report that details exactly how your coursework will transfer to WSU.

Questions? Contact your personal admissions counselor |
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The way I envisioned my future before WSU has definitely changed. I never would’ve thought I’d have all the great experiences I’ve had at WSU.

Meet Oluwanifemi “Nife” Shola-Dare Class of 2021 | Neuroscience (Pre-Med) | Kobi, Nigeria


The admissions and advising process was very fast, very encouraging, and it felt like WSU wanted me. I knew I could settle in and leave my mark right away.

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How will your associate’s degree from a Washington community college meet WSU graduation requirements?

Types of Transfer Degrees

Washington State Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate’s degree: Satisfies lower-division UCORE (general education) and grants junior standing. This includes DTA-Major Related Programs degrees.

Washington State associate in science-transfer (AS-T) degree: Satisfies most of lower-division UCORE, grants junior standing, and incorporates STEM-related major requirements.

Out-of-State transfer degrees: May satisfy lower-division UCORE if general education framework approximates UCORE.

Other degrees:  Evaluation on a course-by-course basis only.

Transfer courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to fulfill University Common Requirements (UCORE), major requirements, or elective credits.  If you have not completed a degree, we can help you complete it with WSU courses via reverse transfer.

Admission to WSU is not admission to your intended major. Contact our Transfer Center and we will work with you to get you ready for your major. | 509-335-8704.


A Top Research University

WSU is a Tier I research university, among fewer than 3% of U.S. universities that qualify for the Carnegie Foundation’s “very high research activity” classification.

Our award-winning faculty will guide you through research opportunities, fieldwork, internships and in-depth labs that inspire you to explore and innovate in your field.

Amazon, Boeing, Deloitte, Google and Microsoft are some of the top employers of WSU graduates, and Cougar alumni span all 50 states and 146 countries.

Undergraduate Research

$369.3 MILLION in total research expenditures in 2019 (National Science Foundation)

$230 MILLION in awards granted to WSU researchers in 2019

All 6 campuses and 11 colleges involved in research

Research isn’t just lab coats and gloves. It’s about making new contributions and advancing knowledge in your field. At WSU, undergraduate research opportunities are available in all majors and disciplines, guided by mentors who are experts in their fields. You can gain professional experience and communication skills while testing out a career.

I left the airport with only $264 in my pocket. I had to calculate for the next few weeks how to survive. And now here I am, a few steps from graduating from WSU. If I made it, so can you.

Behnam Mozafari

The Honors College

Looking for a challenge? Through an enriched curriculum, mentoring by expert faculty, undergraduate research and study abroad programs, the Honors College provides students the opportunity to challenge themselves in an engaged academic community. Students in any major can participate in the Honors College.


It’s Worth The Investment

Continuing your education pays off. On average, a bachelor’s degree brings $1.6 million more than a high school diploma in lifetime earnings. The average mid-career salary for WSU graduates with a bachelor’s degree is $110,100, ranked among the top 16% of 4-year universities in the U.S. (PayScale College Salary Report 2020-21)

Financial Aid

Financial Tools

Financial Aid Estimator and Net Price Calculator: Learn how much financial aid you could qualify for at WSU and determine your estimated net costs, including tuition, housing and more.

Cougar Money Matters: Get financial planning advice and tools to help continue your education.


Use our scholarship search engine (and outside sources, too) to find awards you can apply for. We’ll add scholarships from any source to the financial aid WSU offers you!

Jobs And Work-study

Working part time while getting your education at WSU is possible. There are hundreds of student-friendly jobs in the Pullman area, both on campus and off, including internships and work-study offerings.

WSU students received some form of financial aid in 2019-20

$178 Million
Awards offered in 2019-20

Who Are The Cougs?

At WSU, we forge lifelong friendships, build bridges across cultures, and serve our communities through life-changing research.

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Every year, Cougs donate more than 85,000 hours of service to the community as volunteers, leaders in student organizations, peer tutors and powerful role models. We aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves and lead the way. With the help of our specially trained advisors, you’ll stay on track to earn a degree that can open career doors around the world.

Skylar Hamilton

I came up to Pullman for orientation and the campus was beautiful. It just felt right. I would never change my decision.”

Skylar Hamilton Class of 2021 | Interior Design | Las Vegas, Nevada Transfer from College of Southern Nevada

Every Coug Experience is Unique

Supercharge your WSU experience! In the UNIV 304 Transfer Seminar, you’ll get connected with campus resources, service learning, research opportunities, and advising support.

Plan ahead! Connect with your admissions counselor today. We can help you develop an efficient path to graduation.

Want to know how other Cougs get involved? Read personal stories about leadership, engagement and event participation from Cougs just like you.

Multicultural Student Services:

Find guidance and community support from your multicultural peers with our Academic Enrichment Center and mentoring programs.

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Application Checklist

  • Complete the transfer application and pay $70 application fee.
  • Have official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended sent to WSU. If you have less than one full year of transfer work, send your official high school transcripts as well. Check your Transfer Credit Report and contact your admission counselor if you have questions. | |
  • Complete the WSU General Scholarship Application to be considered for 700+ WSU scholarship programs. Complete the FAFSA or WASFA by January 31.
  • Optional: Complete the Honors College application and essay.

University Writing Portfolio

All WSU students complete a writing portfolio upon reaching 60 semester credits (usually before the end of their junior year) as a graduation requirement. Keep copies of your current coursework. You can include original, graded papers from any college course in your portfolio.

Admitted Student Checklist

  • Pay the $200 non-refundable tuition deposit to confirm your admission.
  • After you’ve confirmed, register for New Coug Transfer Orientation. These exclusive transfer sessions, with the opportunity to register for classes before any other incoming students.  You’ll also explore living options, meet your academic advisor and discuss career options.
  • If you plan to live on campus, apply for housing as soon as possible. Campus housing is assigned on a first-come basis.
  • Take placement exams (if required) and send immunization records.
  • Send final/updated transcripts to WSU.
  • Check your Transfer Credit Report and contact your admissions counselor if you have questions.

2022 Timeline

January 2022

January 31

  • WSU General Scholarship Application deadline.

WASFA (for undocumented Washington students only) and FAFSA filing priority date. |

July 15, 2022

  • Fall admission application deadline for transfer students.