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Colleges / Washington State University

Washington State University

Pullman, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

WSU Admissions

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

Students who submit their applications to WSU for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than November 1.

WSU Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of WSU's admissions stats.

WSU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

Washington State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Washington State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to WSU?

WSU does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Washington State University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to WSU?

Getting into WSU is moderately difficult. WSU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, WSU accepted 86% of all applicants, about 14,015 from the 16,239 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like WSU, 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.

Transferring to Washington State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to WSU

WSU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does WSU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at WSU

Wondering what factors are considered by WSU during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with WSU for more information on admission factors.

WSU 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to WSU, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with WSU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into WSU?

Students admitted to WSU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

WSU does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

WSU 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.

More Information on Transferring to Washington State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to WSU. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in WSU during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

WSU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to WSU?

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

Does WSU accept transfer credits?

✅ WSU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. WSU accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does WSU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ WSU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to WSU?

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

What is WSU's acceptance rate?

✅ WSU has an acceptance rate of 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at WSU?

❌ WSU does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About WSU?

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WSU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into WSU? WSU is a somewhat selective institution. The WSU acceptance rate is 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


WSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WSU is Continuous processing.

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

WSU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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