Returning Students

Returning to WSU Tri-Cities to complete your degree?

You’re considered a returning student for admission purposes if:

  • You were previously enrolled at WSU as a degree-seeking student at any WSU campus and have been away for more than one semester, excluding the summer semester.
  • If you attended only a summer session and applied through the Summer Session office, you’re not considered a former student returning and you’ll need to fill out a freshman or transfer admission application.

If you’ve been absent for only one semester, you don’t need to reapply.
Contact Academic Advising to plan your next steps.


How to Apply

  • Complete the application! The priority application date for fall semester is January 31 and November 15 for spring semester, but we accept applications throughout the year. We prefer the online application, but you can also print a copy of the admission application and return it to our office.
  • Provide your transcripts. If you’ve taken college courses elsewhere since you left WSU, request official transcripts from all colleges you attended.

Transcripts and test scores must be sent directly from the school or testing agency to WSU via secure electronic document transfer, fax or mail. Email is not accepted.

Washington State University Tri-Cities
Office of Admissions, West 201
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354


Do you have a solid academic record?

If your GPA at WSU never went below 2.0, no worries. If you earned below a 2.0 GPA in your last semester at WSU or had a cumulative GPA below 2.0, you’ll need to complete a reinstatement application which includes a personal statement.

More about academic reinstatement.