Former WSU Students
Returning to WSU to complete your degree
You're considered a former student returning if you were previously enrolled at WSU and if it's been more than one semester since you last attended.
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 admission application.
If you've been absent for only one semester, you don't need to reapply. Contact the Undergraduate Advising & Learning Center to plan your next steps.
So, what now?
You have a few options to choose from. In planning your return to WSU, you may need to consider what your situation was when you left, how many college credits you have, and what kind of degree you want.
What are your options? (click to expand)
Online or on campus?
If you have at least 27 transferable college credits
You can choose to finish your degree either on campus or from a distance through WSU Online.
- To go the on-campus route, use the former student application and follow the standard admission process.
- To finish your degree online, apply through the WSU Online Degrees and Certificates program (not all majors are offered online; check the WSU Online site to make sure).
What about your major?
Whether you do WSU Online or take classes on campus, you'll probably want to check up on what courses you might need to take.
If you certified a major at WSU
- To finish the major you certified, contact the program you were majoring in and talk to an advisor about what requirements you'll need to finish.
- If you want to study a different major, contact the Center for Advising and Career Development (CACD) for advising; the CACD will help you figure out what you'll need to certify in a new major.
If you haven't certified a major yet
- Contact the Undergraduate Advising & Learning Center for advising. The UALC is part of the University College, which will be your academic "home" until you certify in your intended major.
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 and a personal statement.
More about academic reinstatement .
Applying for admission
Admission steps (click to expand)
Here's how to apply to the WSU Pullman campus.
For online degrees, apply to WSU Online .
1. Fill out the Former/Returning Student admission application.
- Complete the personal statement when you fill out the admission application. (It's not mandatory, but a good personal statement may increase your chance of admission and is required for the scholarship application.)
- Remember to apply for scholarships.
2. If you've taken college courses elsewhere since you left WSU, request official transcripts from all colleges you attended.
Colleges should send transcripts directly to WSU Tri-Cities:
3. If you're currently taking college courses, have a copy of your final transcript sent to the WSU Office of Admissions when your coursework is complete.
See the full list of important dates and deadlines to find out when to apply for financial aid, visit campus, make your tuition deposit, etc.