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Transfer Students

Use this application if you have attended college since graduating from high school (not including the summer immediately following high school graduation; if all your college work was done in high school, use the freshman application).

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How to apply to WSU

If you’ll be transferring college credit to WSU, here are the admission requirements and application steps you need to follow.

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

Admission to WSU is offered to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis.

2. Request transcripts from all colleges you have attended.

If you have less than a full year of college credit to transfer, we may ask you to also have your high school transcript (or GED) and test scores (SAT or ACT) sent to WSU.

Transcripts and test scores must be sent directly from the school or testing agency to WSU:

Washington State University Tri-Cities
Office of Admissions
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354-1671

After you apply

Our part

When we receive your application, the application fee (or waiver request), and official transcripts from the college(s) you’ve attended, the Office of Admissions will review your application and all supporting materials. If you’re offered admission we ask that you confirm your offer of admission by paying the $200 advance tuition deposit. Once the deposit is paid we’ll determine your total number of transferable college credits, cumulative GPA in the transferable work, and which University common requirements (UCORE) you’ve completed. Courses that are applicable to your major will be evaluated by the department you’re planning to major in.

If you have less than a full year of college-level academic work, we may also request your high school transcript (or GED) and SAT/ACT scores for admission consideration. Some applicants may also be asked for updated transcripts before a decision is made.

For more information on checking your application status through WSU’s secure online portal, visit We will notify you of the admission decision by letter.

Your part

Check out the writing portfolio requirement. If you keep the college papers you’ve already written, you may be able to use them for the WSU writing portfolio.

Check out the requirements for your major and contact the department. Ask them what they think an incoming transfer student should know. Some programs have specific requirements that you’ll want to be aware of. Knowing them beforehand will help prevent unpleasant surprises.

Visit campus if you haven’t already. You can schedule your own visit or sign up for an organized visit.

If you’ve been offered admission, pay the advance tuition deposit by May 1 to hold your place at WSU.

Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.

Transferring your credits to WSU

Transferring your credit from quarter to semester is easy! Simply multiply your credit hours by .66 to determine how many semester credits you’ll receive.

WSU transfer equivalency database

  • See how your courses match up with WSU equivalents.
  • Know a WSU course that you need to take? You can also use this guide to find its equivalent at your current college.

List of “Washington 45” transfer courses

  • The Washington 45 agreement makes it easy for you to transfer pre-approved first-year general education courses from one college to another in the state of Washington.
Transferable degrees

Transferring an associate’s degree

  • Depending on the degree and the college, you may be able to get an associate’s degree and transfer with credit for all the state’s University Common Requirements (UCORE).
  • Some two-year degrees can transfer directly into junior standing at WSU.
AP, IB, and CLEP credit