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Freshman & Running Start Students

Use this application if you anticipate graduating from high school this academic year or if you have graduated from high school and have not been enrolled in college after the summer following your high school graduation. Running Start students or students who have completed college coursework while in high school are considered freshmen for admission purposes.

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Admission requirements and how to apply

You’re considered a freshman for admission purposes if:

  • You’re applying to WSU for the academic year immediately after graduating from high school (Running Start students are considered freshmen for admission purposes).
  • You haven’t attended college since high school graduation and are under 25.
  • If you’ll be 25 years or older on your first day of classes at WSU and have less than a full year of college work to transfer, you should apply as an adult student.

Admission Requirements

The state of Washington maintains a set of academic core requirements (the College Academic Distribution Requirements, or CADRs) that all students have to meet to qualify for college admission.

High school core requirements

More information on courses that meet admission requirements is available from the Washington Student Achievement Council.

How to apply

The admission process involves three basic steps: submitting applications, sending transcripts and test scores, and writing a personal statement.

1. Fill out the application (and do it early!)

Admission to WSU Tri-Cities is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • WSU admission application
  • WSU scholarship application: To be considered for scholarships, all admission application material must be postmarked by the priority application date of January 31.

To make sure you receive the highest possible amount of financial help, submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 15.

Note: If you choose to attend a different semester than the one indicated on your application, you’ll need to re-apply.

2. Provide your transcripts and test scores.

  • Have your high school send your official transcripts to WSU.
  • If you have college credit through Running Start or a similar program, ask the college to send a transcript to WSU.
  • Have your SAT (school code 4705) or ACT (school code 4482) scores sent to WSU.

Transcripts and test scores 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

3. Send in your application!

If applying electronically (our preferred method), you must pay your $50 (U.S.) application fee with a credit card.

If applying on paper, print a copy of the admission application from the University website, complete it, and return it by mail. Remember to complete and sign the application and to attach your application fee to the form. Make checks or money orders payable to WSU.

Return the application along with check or money order (no cash) to the following address:

Washington State University Tri-Cities
Office of Admissions
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA  99354

Questions? Contact admission at 509-372-7250 or contact your regional 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.