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Colleges / Washington State University

WSU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Washington State University, the regular decision application deadline is January 31 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Washington State University by November 1.

Washington State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Washington State University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not even considered
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Washington State University?

Washington State University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Washington State University Hard To Get Into?

Washington State University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Washington State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Washington State University accepted 80% of students, around 15,537 of the 19,310 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Washington State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

Washington State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Washington State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Washington State University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Washington State University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Washington State University must submit the following items. Double check with Washington State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Washington State University?

Students admitted to Washington State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Washington State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 22.9%
3.50 and 3.74 23.7%
3.25 and 3.49 21.7%
3.00 and 3.24 18.5%
2.50 and 2.9 9%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

Washington State University doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Washington State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Transferring to Washington State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Washington State University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is January 31. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by November 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Washington State University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Washington State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Washington State University?

Students who are admitted to Washington State University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Washington State University accept transfer credits?

Washington State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Washington State University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES

Does Washington State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Washington State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Washington State University?

Washington State University is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Washington State University's acceptance rate?

Washington State University's acceptance rate is 80%.

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WSU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

80%

How hard is it to get into WSU? WSU is a somewhat selective institution. The WSU acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.

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WSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 31

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WSU is Jan 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WSU is Jan 31.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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WSU GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.5

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At WSU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.5. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

20,191

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

80%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,170

Out-of-State

$27,113

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 31
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