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Important Dates for Prospective and Incoming Students


Admission and scholarship applications open.

WSU admissions

Honors College admissions
Note: The Honors College application will remain open until capacity for the incoming class has been reached.

WSU general scholarship and more information about scholarships can be found on the Student Financial Services website.


October 1 – The FAFSA and WASFA (Washington Application for Financial Aid) open.

Learn more about the FAFSA and the WASFA from WSU Student Financial Services.


January 31– Deadline for WSU general scholarship applications.

Priority date to file the FAFSA and the WASFA.


March 15 – Priority date to submit financial aid documents if selected for verification.
March 31 – Priority deadline for fall semester admission to WSU


May 1 – Confirm your admission.

Priority date for all new students to complete their residence hall application. All new students who apply before the priority deadline of May 1 will be considered equally in the first round of our placement process. Priority for the spaces in Elmina White Honors Hall is given to Honors students who request the hall as their top choice by May 1.

Fraternity and sorority recruitment info goes out.

If you’ve been accepted to the University and have not received this information by the end of May, contact Panhellenic Council or Interfraternity Council recruitment for details.


Attend New Coug Orientation Sessions of this two-day mandatory registration and orientation program are available throughout the summer. Students who do not attend a summer Alive! session must attend the Fall Alive! session the week before classes begin in August.

Note: Since students register for classes during New Coug Orientation, the Honors College encourages students to attend earlier NCO sessions when possible to maximize their class options.

Summer Advantage

Build a solid foundation for your college career with a 4-week, 7-credit head start on making the transition from high school to college.


New Coug Orientation If you can’t attend in June, you can choose from several sessions in July or early August.

New students who do not attend a summer New Coug Orientation session must attend the Fall NCO session the week before classes begin in August in order to register for classes.


Fall Alive! is your last chance to register for fall semester classes.

Week of Welcome for all new students takes place the week before fall semester classes begin.

Be sure to attend WSU Convocation the Friday before classes start.

Admission to the Honors College

The Honors College application will remain open until capacity for the incoming class has been reached.

Visit the Honors College

Learn more about WSU and the Honors College by visiting during one of the many campus events for prospective students.