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Office of Admissions

Floyd Building Room 201
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354
Phone: 509-372-7250
Email: tricities.admissions@wsu.edu
Fax: 509-372-7100

Office hours
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Meet the Admissions Staff

Any question you have about WSU, we can track down an answer. Get help with y our application, understanding financial aid and scholarships, choosing a field of study, and more.

Jana Kay Lunstad
Jana Kay LunstadCampus Registrar & Acting Director of AdmissionsFloyd 269509-372-7450Jana Kay Lunstad has more than 20 years of experience managing people and projects related to academic advising, recruitment, communications, and admissions. She joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2005 as an academic advisor and then moved to the Chancellor’s Office. She has overseen undergraduate admissions and recruitment, worked in Academic Affairs to support faculty, and is currently the Campus Registrar. Prior to working at WSU Tri-Cities, she worked at Utah State University in financial aid and academic advising.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Utah State University. She is actively involved in volunteerism and civic engagement. She was in Leadership Tri-Cities Class IVX and served on the Kennewick Arts Commission.  She’s a member of the Columbia Basin Badgers Club, serves as the Chair of the Richland Public Library Board of Trustees, and is the President of Soroptimist International of Three Rivers.

Taylor Gregg
Taylor GreggAdmissions CounselorFloyd 201509-372-7317Taylor began working as an admissions counselor at WSU Tri-Cities in July 2016. Taylor transferred from WSU Pullman to WSU Tri-Cities in the fall of 2011, where he became involved in ASWSUTC while pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in History. After earning his degree in 2014, his experience of working with student affairs professionals at WSU Tri-Cities inspired him to pursue a career in higher education.  Taylor earned his Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance in 2016. In his free time Taylor pursues his hobby as rodeo cowboy by traveling to various rodeos around the northwest.
A little more about me ...

What is your hometown?

I was born in Walla Walla, WA, and grew up in a small town not far away called Touchet, WA. Most people do not know where that is so most of the time I just say I am from Walla Walla.

What is your degree in?

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History from WSU Tri-Cities, and my Master’s degree in Education specializing in Counseling and Guidance from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

What is your favorite Tri-Cities restaurant?

Depending on my mood I like Texas Roadhouse or Sushi Ya in Kennewick.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and A Champions Mind: How great athletes think, train, and thrive, which is a great book if you are looking for a lot of great mental advice applicable to all facets of life.

What is your favorite movie?

I have a lot of favorite movies, but “A Knights Tale”, “Batman: The Dark Knight” (Heath Ledger is the man) “Silverado,” and “Dances with Wolves” are definitely at the top of the list.

What is your favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities?

I come from a very small town and high school (25 people in my graduating class), so my favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities are the small class sizes and the wonderful sense of community and support that I feel as soon as I step on campus. I also really like being right next to the river!

What advice do you have for future WSU Tri-Cities students?

I would highly suggest taking advantage of all the great resources and extra-curricular activities that our campus offers. DO NOT just go to class and leave; stick around and become engaged with your fellow students and connect with the faculty and staff who are here to help make your WSU Tri-Cities an amazing one! Trust me, it will be worth it!

What do you recommend to do while visiting the Tri-Cities?

I am still exploring the Tri-Cities myself, but things on my list to do include going to an Americans game, a Dust Devils game, a Fever game, and to go Wake surfing/boarding on the river.

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Roman LaraAdmissions CounselorFloyd 201509-372-7247Román Lara first began working for the Office of Admissions as a Student Ambassador. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Digital Technology and Culture from WSU Tri-Cities, Román joined the Admissions team as an Admissions Counselor. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Román was an active student leader on campus, volunteering for the activities committee of the student government, leading the Hispanic Culture Club at WSU Tri-Cities, and participating in the Diversity Council as a student member; he was selected as the Student Leader of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013. In December 2014, Román was accepted to the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, where h he got to work and network with leading professionals in the student affairs field. NASPA, which is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, also holds their annual Dungy Leadership Institute in which only thirty-two students from the whole country get selected to participate; Román Lara was one of these students, and got to go to New York during the summer of 2015 for the institute.
A little more about me ...

What is your hometown?

I was born and raised in Mexico for eleven years, then moved to the United Sates, and now call the Tri-Cities home, specifically Pasco, WA.

What is your degree in?

I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Digital Technology and Culture from Washington State University Tri-Cities.

What is your favorite Tri-Cities restaurant?

I don’t think I can choose a favorite restaurant because there is so much good food in Tri-Cities. However, I mostly enjoy going and supporting local businesses, so I do prefer the small locally owned restaurants, and the many food trucks available. Some that I would recommend would be The Stone Soup, Lara’s Tacos, Mandarin House, and The Street Grill.

What is your favorite book?

I am not sure if this is my favorite book, but it’s definitely one that I really enjoy, which is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. I think this book made an impact on me not only because of the great story but also because it was one of the first books I was able to read and understand when I was learning English.

What is your favorite movie?

I cannot choose a favorite movie, there are just too many that I enjoy watching such as Limitless, Inception, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Interstellar…just to name a few.

What is your favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities?

I would say that my favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities would be the supportive community available to students. Being a small campus, it is great to find support and services readily available to help students be successful.

What advice do you have for future WSU Tri-Cities students?

Get connected with people at WSU Tri-Cities! Whether it is your classmates, professors, or staff, it will make your college experience so much better. Also, I highly recommend that students get involved in student life activities, whether it is a movie night or a skiing trip, there are opportunities to have fun and spend time with friends.

What do you recommend to do while visiting the Tri-Cities?

I would recommend hanging out by the river at one of the many parks in Tri-Cities, or even go floating on the Columbia River. The many walking/hiking trails around the area make it very easy to access the beautiful outdoor scenery in the Tri-Cities.

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Erika RiveraAdmissions CounselorWest 201509-372-7221Erika Rivera began working for WSU Tri-Cities as an Admissions Counselor in the fall of 2017. Prior to working for WSU Tri-Cities, she was employed as an Event Manager at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, WA. Erika received a double Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. While attending EWU, Erika was an active member of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. and volunteered as the educational programmer for the Student Life office. Erika was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Fraternal Values/Sorority Woman of the year award at EWU. During her undergraduate career, she was able to study abroad in Salamanca Spain, as well as plan/participate in multiple events with her sorority and student life. She enjoys planning events and trips and spends her free time looking for new adventures!
A little more about me ...

What is your hometown?

I grew up in Prosser WA about 30 minutes away from the Tri-Cities.

What is your degree in?

I double majored in Spanish and Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Eastern Washington University, in Cheney WA.

What is your favorite Tri-Cities restaurant?

It’s really hard to choose a favorite in the Tri-Cities area. There are so many great places, it all kind of depends on the event! I would say if I’m going out for breakfast, I’m going to Sage Port Grille in Kennewick and ordering the churro French toast (it’s AMAZING!). For Lunch/Dinner its either Graze or Sushi Ya or Sushi Aki or Hot Wings from Buffalo Wild Wings or Wing stop! There are just too many options to choose from, it’s the best!

What is your favorite book?

I like reading non-fiction, autobiographies and self-help/improvement books. Two of my favorites would have to be I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell. Even though I usually stick to the genres above, I do love me some Harry Potter!

What is your favorite movie?

This is a super tough question, it’s really hard to narrow it down to just one. I really enjoy comedies, action, romance movies as well crime documentaries or true stories.

What is your favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities?

My favorite thing about WSU Tri-Cities is the warm and welcoming environment! Everyone on campus is really friendly and always willing to lend a hand or help whenever needed.

What advice do you have for future WSU Tri-Cities students?

I would say, just take advantage of all of the resources you have on campus, from Career Development and Advising to Intramural/Club Sports. The size of WSU Tri-Cities makes it easy for students to build relationships all across campus and the more you’re involved the better your experience will be!

What do you recommend to do while visiting the Tri-Cities?

Whether or not you’re from the area, I would say take the time to learn the history of it. There are so many neat things that happened in the Tri-Cities and the REACH Museum is an awesome place to learn about it. If you’re more outdoorsy I’d say take advantage of all the river activities, bike/walking trails and all of the hiking that can be done around here!