First-year students

Welcome! As a first-year student, you're among friends. WSU Vancouver is home to a growing class of first-year students.

Apply early!

WSU Vancouver accepts qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Take a moment to review your application to-do list.

Admission requirements

  • You expect to graduate from high school this academic year
  • Or, you have graduated and have not been enrolled in college beyond the first summer after graduation

Does this sound like you? If not, check our full list of applicant categories.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the College Academic Distribution Requirements, or CADRs, established by the Washington Student Achievement Council.

If you also have an unweighted, cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are guaranteed admission. If your GPA is lower, you may be required to submit additional documents for admission review.

Additional considerations

  • If you are applying while still in high school, you must maintain a satisfactory academic record and complete graduation before you can enroll at the university.
  • For priority consideration, submit your admission application by May 1 for fall semester and Nov. 15 for spring. Later applications are accepted if space is available. If you decide to attend at a different time, you’ll have to re-apply.

Official requirements and regulations

This information is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. Review the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.


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First-year admissions requirements checklist

1. Apply for admission

Submit the admission application and pay the application fee.

Admission Application

2. Send official transcripts

Have your official high school transcripts, along with any official college transcripts including Running Start, sent to:

WSU Vancouver Office of Admissions
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.
Vancouver, WA USA 98686

How to submit transcripts

Please note: When ordering an electronic transcript from a school that partners with e-Script Safe, National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment, do not enter an email address. The partner agency will send us your transcript directly.

If your school does not partner with one of the listed agencies, request that your school mail a sealed official transcript to the address above.

Homeschool student? Send your official General Education Development (GED) exam results or an academic resume that documents all subjects studied.

Online document submission

You may also submit unofficial Admissions documents online.

Admissions Document Uploader

Please note—a WSU Network ID and password is required. You will be invited to set up a WSU Network ID and password after you submit your application for admission.

Did you take college credit programs?

Examples include Advanced Placement, College-Level Examination Program, Running Start, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge credit.

College credit programs

Did you attend school outside of the U.S.?

There are additional requirements if you have attended school outside of the United States.

Foreign credential evaluation

Vince Chavez

"I was born and raised in Vancouver. I attended and graduated from Clark College during high school while working. Last year was my first year on campus, and I decided to quit my job because I had become financially secure through scholarships. So I was able to dedicate my time to becoming involved. I participated in the College Access Program, was a member of the elections board, and was an Impact Volunteer. What I love about WSU Vancouver is that it is only 15 minutes away from home, and I get to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest."

—Vince Chavez, B.S., biology