Undergraduate Advising & Learning Center

Incoming Transfer Students

Congratulations on deciding to attend WSU Tri-Cities!

The Academic Advisors are committed to helping you throughout your time at WSU Tri-Cities.

Below is a step-by-step guide to learning the WSU academic system and how to select courses.

Apply for admission

  • Apply for admission online. Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have previously attended, including any AP/IB or military credit you may have received.
    • WSU Tri-Cities Admissions
      2710 Crimson Way
      Richland, WA 99354
  • The priority deadlines for admission are:
    • January 15th for summer/fall admission
      November 15th for spring admission
  • If you have admission questions, please contact our admissions office: admissions@tricity.wsu.edu or 509-372-7250

Already admitted to WSU Tri-Cities?
Follow these steps to preparing for New Student Orientation and Academic Advising

Step 1: Register for a New Student Orientation

  • Once admitted to WSU Tri-Cities, you will want to register for a New Student Orientation.
  • Orientation is where you will meet other new students, take a tour of the campus, learn ways to get involved at WSU Tri-Cities, get your picture taken for your WSU ID card, learn more about financial aid, and find out about helpful resources on campus.

Step 2: Sign up for and take placement exams

  • Writing Placement Exam:
    • If you have not yet taken a college level English Composition course, you will need to take the Writing Placement Exam. All students are required to take at least one college level English Composition course. At WSU, it is listed as English 101 or 105 (ESL).
  • Math Placement Exam:
    • If you have not yet taken a college level math course, you should take the math placement exam, which is called ALEKS. This will determine the level of math you are able to register for.
    • All students are required to take at least one college level math course for their degree. Some degrees require more than one math course. Later steps will help you in figuring out what courses are required.

Step 3: Set up your online account

  • WSU’s online portal system is called Zzusis. This is the portal system for WSU that allows you to access resources such as your financial aid award, grades, registration for classes, etc.
  • To set up your account, go to the Zzusis page
    • click on ‘Need Zzusis Help
      • click on ‘Create Your Network ID’ and follow the steps from there
  • You will need your WSU ID# and Temporary Access Network Key (TANK) to set up your account. You will find this on your admissions letter.
  • You may need to stop at this step for a day or two. It can take up to 48 hours for the system to process your account set-up. Once you see a section on your main page marked ‘Student Links’, to include your ‘Degree Audit Report’ and ‘Registration’, you are set to continue.

Step 4: Reviewing your Advisement Report/Degree Audit

  • The Advisement Report or Degree Audit, is a report of all courses and credits you need to complete the degree, shows which classes have transferred and shows how those classes have fulfilled requirements.
  • To view your report, in your Zzusis account, click on ‘Student Center’
    • On the upper left section, click on ‘My Academics’
      • Click on ‘Create what-if scenario’ and then ‘Create New Report’
        • Be sure the campus says ‘Tri-Cities’, select your academic program, plans and concentration, then click ‘Submit Request’
  • The report breaks up the requirements into different categories. Requirements marked ‘Satisfied’ are finished and those marked ‘Not Satisfied’ still need to be complete. The report can be a little easier to read if you click ‘View as a pdf’.
  • This report may not be 100% accurate if you are currently enrolled in classes at another school or have not yet submitted your final transcripts.
  • If you already have a degree (transferable AA or bachelor’s), you will not need any further general education courses (University Common Requirements or UCORE). However, you are still held to the college and major requirements, which are listed on the report.
  • Your academic advisor will explain this report and the requirements of your degree in more detail when you meet. Be sure to write down any questions or concerns you have after viewing this report.

Step 5: Understanding the WSU catalog

  • The university’s catalog is the official document you will use throughout your college career, that shows university rules and regulations, outlines degree requirements and shows you example 4 year class plans. This also allows you to view other majors and degrees, if you are undecided or exploring other major options. Reviewing your degree outline in the catalog, may clear up questions you might have after viewing the advisement report/degree audit.
  • Keep in mind, this is a WSU-wide catalog, which means it includes majors and degrees from all WSU campuses. Be sure you know which degrees WSU Tri-Cities offers: www.tricity.wsu.edu/academics/
  • Click on the catalog, of the academic year you begin at WSU. For example, if you begin fall 2013, the catalog you should refer to is the 2013-2014 catalog: www.catalog.wsu.edu/General/PriorCatalogs

Step 6: Advising Form

  • Pull up an advising form and begin filling it out, writing in courses you would like to take. 
  • Bring this with you when you come to orientation.
  • If you need a more visual layout of your class schedule, you might find using the schedule planning worksheet helpful.

Step 7: Understanding the Schedule of Classes

  • The schedule of classes shows courses available each semester. Typically the summer and fall schedules are available online in early March and the spring schedules are available in early October.
  • Click on the semester/year you are looking for. Be sure you are selecting the Tri-Cities class schedule. The classes are broken up by subject, and the class times are listed in military time.
  • To search for a course to fulfill a specific requirement, click on the ‘Search’ button on the left. This will allow you to search by requirement, day, time, credits, etc. Just be sure the Tri-Cities campus is selected.
  • There have been many questions about online classes. The Tri-Cities campus offers a few of their own online courses, and are typically marked as ‘ARRGT’. We partner with WSU Online for a few other online courses, which will be listed in the WSU Tri-Cities schedule.

Step 8: Meeting with an Academic Advisor

  • You will need to meet with your academic advisor to review your transfer credit report, review your course selections and register for your first semester’s classes BEFORE orientation. Find out who your advisor is at www.tricity.wsu.edu/ualc/
  • Meeting with an academic advisor is required at WSU, every semester. You will want to meet with your advisor no less than twice per year to discuss classes. Typically, you would meet with them in March and October, as these months will give you time to get your schedule settled before registration begins.
  • You are welcome to meet with your advisor at any other time if you have questions or concerns.