Transfer Requirements

Applying as a transfer student

You’re considered a transfer for admission purposes if you have attended college since graduating from high school (not including the summer immediately following high school graduation).

If you earned your college credit while you were still in high school (e.g., through Running Start), follow the steps for freshman admission. If you are an international student, visit the international admission page.

We require a minimum of a 2.50 transfer GPA. If your transfer GPA is less than a 2.50, then we may request additional material from you.

How to apply as a transfer

1. 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.

2. Request official transcripts from all the colleges or universities you have attended. Note that we will need transcripts even if the credit does not transfer.

If you have less than a full year of college credit to transfer, we may ask you to also have your high school transcript (or GED) and test scores (SAT or ACT) sent to WSU.

After you apply

When we receive your application, the application fee or waiver request, and official transcripts from the colleges you’ve attended, the Office of Admissions will review your application and all supporting materials. During our review we’ll determine your total number of transferable college credits, cumulative GPA in the transferable work, and which University common requirements (UCORE) you’ve completed. Courses that are applicable to your major will be evaluated by the department you’re planning to major in.

Once we have completed our review, we will notify you of the admission decision by letter.

For more information on checking your application status through WSU’s secure online portal, visit my.wsu.edu.

Check out the transfer credit equivalency data base to learn more about how to transfer your credits.

Some WSU requirements to be aware of…

While you can surely take care of your graduation requirements after you enroll here, preparing in advance for these two WSU requirements can help you make the most of your time, both before you transfer and after.

Writing portfolio

All students at WSU are required to complete a writing portfolio after reaching 60 credits, which is generally during the junior year.

The writing portfolio consists of two parts:

  • A packet containing three samples of original graded writing from three different college courses
  • A two-part impromptu timed essay

Keep all the papers you write for your college courses. You can use papers written for classes you took at your previous college in your portfolio packet.

See the junior writing portfolio guidelines for more information.

Certifying in your major

At WSU, most students are advised by the college in which they plan to major. Deciding students are advised in the College of Arts and Sciences until they select a major. In general, students can take care of the prerequisites and certify a major sometime in their sophomore year.

In some programs at WSU, you need to certify your major before you can take upper-level courses in that subject. With advance planning, you may be able to meet certification requirements before transferring.

A few majors, architecture and engineering for example, require specific courses that aren’t available at most two-year colleges, so you might need to plan on completing some prerequisites after you enroll at WSU. For these majors, it’s generally better to transfer to WSU as soon as possible.

Be sure to contact Admissions to see what is required to certify in your major.

Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.