Let’s Start Your Application

Our streamlined admissions process is designed to be straightforward, ensuring you can easily navigate each step.

Create Account and Complete Application

If you are a first-time applicant, you will create an account and personalized login which will give you access to the application portal. It is important to keep track of all deadlines listed in the applicant portal and on the undergraduate admissions page for both admissions and financial aid applications. Once you have applied, you can return to the applicant portal to check the status of your application to WSU Tri-Cities.

Send Transcripts and Other Required Materials

For admission to WSU Tri-Cities, it is important that all required documents are properly uploaded and submitted with your application. These documents can include official high school and/or college transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays, academic resumes, or GED exams. For a complete list of necessary documents, visit the admissions page for your student type below.

Apply for Aid

We understand that your financial needs play a part in your success as a student and a graduate. To make sure you receive the highest possible amount of financial help, file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid for HB 1079 students only).

A student is considered HB 1079 if: he/she is not a legal permanent resident; does not possess a green card, visa, or other legal documentation, including those born outside of the United States; and many of whom have lived in this country for a significant portion of their lives and reside here without the legal permission of the government.

Scholarships are also awarded to students based on both merit and need. For maximum consideration, you must complete your admissions requirements (application, fee, and transcripts) and the WSU General Scholarship Application by January 31.

May 1

WSU Scholarship Application Deadline

Jan 10

Priority Deadline for Graduate Admissions


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Tips for Graduate Student Applications

Pursuing a graduate degree at WSU Tri-Cities will open doors to new possibilities in your academics and career. When applying to a gradate program, please note that the FAFSA is different for graduate students, including dependency status, grant availability based on education level, and income and asset consideration. For more info, visit the graduate admissions page.

Go to Graduate Admissions

Transfer Students

If you attended an accredited college or university after your high school graduation, learn how to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities by visiting our transfer admissions requirements page. Get detailed information on the Bridges transfer program, application process and more.

Transfer Admissions

International Students

For students with citizenship outside of the United States, you can earn a world-class degree at WSU Tri-Cities! Learn more about the international application and all requirements on the international admissions page.

International Admissions

Application FAQ

I'm still unsure what type of applicant I am. What type of application should I fill out?

WSU Tri-Cities welcomes students to apply for admissions regardless of their educational background. In addition to undergraduate, graduate and transfer student types, there are several other categories of applicants.

  • Non-Degree Seeking: If you are only looking to take classes for personal enrichment, completion of coursework for transfer to another institution, or teaching endorsement.
  • Returning: If you previously attended any WSU campus as an undergraduate degree-seeking student and have been away from WSU for two or more semesters.
  • Post-Bachelor’s: If you have completed a degree from another university.
  • Campus Switch: If you have already applied to WSU and you have changed your mind about where you would like to attend.

Contact our admissions team for further questions regarding applicant status.

Is there an application fee?

Application fees range from $35 to $70 depending on the type of application. You can find a full list of fees in the application portal.

Is there anyone I can reach out to for application help?

We understand that the admissions process can be a bit confusing. Our admissions counselors are available to answer questions and provide guidance throughout every step of the process. Check out the visit and connect page to get in touch.

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