You’re considered a first-year student for admission purposes if you’re applying to WSU for the academic year immediately after graduating from high school. This includes high school seniors who participated in Running Start or College in the High School.
You’re also considered a first-year student if you haven’t attended college since high school graduation. Your age also affects how you apply, so if you’re 25 or older, check out the adult application process below.
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.
1. FILL OUT THE FIRST-YEAR STUDENT APPLICATION
The priority application date for fall semester is March 31 and November 15 for spring semester, but we accept applications throughout the year. To be considered for merit-based awards you must have a completed application by the priority application date.
3. PROVIDE YOUR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS, TEST SCORES, RESUMES, AND MORE.
Your next step depends on your education background.
Note: WSU no longer using SAT and ACT in admissions process.
STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL AT TIME OF APPLICATION
If you are still in high school at the time of application, please do the following in addition to filling out the admission application:
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
Whether you’re applying for the semester directly after your high school graduation or have been out of high school for awhile, here’s what you need to do:
HOME SCHOOL GRADUATE
Did you complete some or all of your schooling at home? You’re welcome at WSU Tri-Cities.
And send one of the following two items:
STUDENTS OVER 25
You’re considered an adult student for admission purposes if you’ll be 25 years or older on your first day of classes at WSU and have completed less than one year’s worth of transferable college work.
If you’re considered a first-year student, please include the following materials:
In addition to your application and transcripts, please also send:
WSU awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, as well as for Running Start and similar college-in-the-high-school programs.
To get credit for Washington’s Running Start or a similar program that lets you take courses for both college and high school credit, simply have an official transcript of your college-level work sent to WSU Tri-Cities. Aside from that, you’ll follow the usual steps for applying as an incoming first-year student.
If you are a high school student interested in learning more about Running Start at WSU Tri-Cities, then visit the WSU Tri-Cities Running Start page.
Please note: When ordering an electronic transcript from a school that partners with e-Script Safe, National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment, DO NOT enter an email address. The partner agency will send us your transcript directly.
If your school does not partner with one of the listed agencies, request that your school mail a sealed official transcript to the address above.