Admissions at Washington State University Tri-Cities It's a great time to be a Coug!

Freshman Students

Admission Requirements
You’re considered a freshman for admission purposes if:
  • You’re applying to WSU Tri-Cities for the academic year immediately after graduating from high school. Note if you participated in any Running Start program while in high school you are considered a freshman for admission purposes.
  • You haven’t attended college since high school graduation.
Admission is based on a combination of your high school GPA and official test scores. If you have an outstanding academic record, we have a spot already reserved for you. U.S. high school students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class or who have a GPA of 3.50 or better (on 4.0 scale) are assured admission to WSU Tri-Cities. The state of Washington maintains the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs) that all first-year students have to meet to qualify for college admission. More information on CADRs is available from the Washington Student Achievement Council.
How to Apply
  1. Complete the application! The priority application date for fall semester is January 31 and November 15 for spring semester, but we accept applications throughout the year. We prefer the online application, but you can also print a copy of the admission application and return it to our office.
  2. Provide your transcripts. Your high school will need to send us your official transcripts. If you have college credit through Running Start or a similar program, ask the college to send us an official transcript. Note that these are not required for an admissions decision, but will be needed if you’d like those credits counted toward your degree.
  3. Submit your test scores. The testing agency will need to send your test scores: SAT (school code 4705) or ACT (school code 4482).
If you’re over 25, you have other options. See the the section on Adult Students below.
Home School Students
WSU Tri-Cities welcomes students who have received some or all of their high school education through home-based instruction. To apply you will:
  1. Complete the application!
  2. Submit official test scores.
  3. Submit official transcript and an academic résumé that provides documentation of all subjects studied, including the signature of the official who’s responsible for your curriculum OR an official transcript from the GED exam.

Adult Students
You’re considered an adult student for admission purposes if you’ll be 25 years or older on your first day of classes at WSU, and have less than a year’s worth of college work to transfer.If you’ve completed a full year of transferable college work, you should follow the transfer admission requirements.Because the usual application may not tell your story — it’s been a while since high school, maybe also a while since your last college class — we ask you to provide other information and tell us a bit about your experiences since then. In addition to your application and transcripts, please also send:
  1. A resume covering the last five years; and
  2. A brief essay (no more than one page) addressing why you want to attend WSU Tri-Cities.

 All credentials for admissions must be sent directly from the college or testing agency to WSU Tri-Cities.
Washington State University Tri-Cities Office of Admissions 2710 Crimson Way Richland, WA 99354-1671
Questions? Contact admission at 509-372-7250 or contact your recruiter!
Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.