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.