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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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Going to college exposed me to the different careers people can pursue to make a living and enjoy their lives. At WSU, I was really able to find myself and what I wanted to do.

Meet Yoni Rodriguez Class of 2020 | Biochemistry | Toppenish, Washington Transfer from Yakima Valley College

Kelly Ngigi

I loved the support WSU was offering to students to get the education they need and have a great post-grad life.”

Kelly Ngigi Class of 2020 | Human Development | Birmingham, Alabama Transfer from Highline College

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

If you have:You need:
Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate’s degree
Integrative Capstone course [CAPS]*
An Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) degreeRoots of Contemporary Issues
Second course in [COMM] or [WRTG]
Diversity course [DIVR]
Integrative Capstone course [CAPS]*
No approved transferable degreeTransfer courses evaluated on a course-by-course basis to fulfill University Common Requirements (UCORE)
*This upper division requirement can only be fulfilled at WSU.

If you earned a degree not referenced above, please check with your admission counselor or the Transfer Clearinghouse for more information. We have many approved out-of-state transfer degrees. 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 Clearinghouse 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

$360.5 MILLION in total research and development expenditures in 2018 (National Science Foundation)

$226 MILLION in awards granted to WSU researchers in 2018

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.

With the networking and connections WSU has, there are so many ways to get your foot in the door. I didn’t just learn what people did in my field, I learned why they did it and studied ways to improve it.

Bernadette Gagnier Class of 2020 | Viticulture and Enology | Woodinville, Washington | U.S. Marine Corps

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 $102,200, ranked among the top 14% of 4-year universities in the U.S. (PayScale College Salary Report 2018-19)

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 2018-19

$170 Million
Awards offered in 2018-19

Who Are The Cougs?

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

WSU Pullman

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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 (Alive) 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

At WSU Pullman, you make your own path. With hundreds of clubs, registered organizations and more to choose from, you’ll find your people, make new friends and forge a lifetime of memories.

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.
  • Complete the WSU General Scholarship Application to be considered for 700+ WSU scholarship programs. Complete the FAFSA or WASFA by February 15.
  • 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 Transfer Alive 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.

2021 Timeline

January 31

  • WSU General Scholarship Application priority date.

February 15

March 15

  • WSU General Scholarship Application deadline.

March 31

  • WASFA (for undocumented Washington students only) and FAFSA document submittal priority date.

Spring 2021

May 1, 2021

  • Confirmation priority date. We recommend you accept your offer of admission by this date.

July 2021

  • Fall admission application deadline for transfer students.