New Coug frequently asked questions

Before you may enroll in spring classes, you need to meet with your advisor.

Beginning in October, you will receive an email from your advisor with instructions for how to schedule an advising appointment between October – December. You will then be able to register as early as November. You will also attend a New Coug Orientation session prior to the start of the spring semester.

Time of registration depends on what type of student you are.

  • New first-year students:
    You will meet with an advisor and register for classes during Vancouver New Coug Orientation.
  • First-year students with college credits (such as Running Start):
    If you have more than 15 semester/22.5 quarter college credits, you may be able to meet with an advisor and register as early as May. If you think this applies to you and you have not been sent advising information, email the Orientation Team. Learn how to calculate how quarter credits transfer to semester credits. Note: AP credits do not count towards the college credit minimum.
  • Transfer students:
    Beginning in the spring, you will receive an email from your advisor with instructions for how to schedule an advising appointment. You will then be able to register as early as May. You will attend a Vancouver New Coug Orientation session later in the summer.

The most important step in determining how to pay for college is to submit the FAFSA/WASFA. These financial aid applications determine your eligibility for federal and/or state financial aid, including grants that do not need to be paid back.

Submit the WSU General Scholarship Application by Jan. 31. By submitting this single application every year, you will be considered for many scholarships, including more than 100 just for WSU Vancouver students.

Attend an A – Z of Paying for College workshop to learn about financial aid and get your questions about paying for college answered.

Official Transcripts:
Turn in your final official transcripts from high school and/or each college you have attended, including credit as a Running Start student, to:

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

Unofficial Transcripts:
If you have credit that you would like shared with your academic advisor prior to registration, you may submit unofficial admissions documents online.

Admissions Document Uploader

Please note—a WSU Network ID and password are required.

Most first-year students need to take the writing and math placement exams. These exams help place you in the right English and math classes for your major.


  1. If you have already taken college-level math or English and have sent WSU Vancouver your official or unofficial college transcript (see above for how to submit transcripts). This includes credit taken as a Running Start student.
  2. If you have taken AP/IB math or writing, scored high enough to get ENGL or QUANT credit, and submitted an official AP score report. (Learn more about AP/IB credit)
  3. If your major does not require math. Learn more about which majors require math.

Still not sure? Use the ALEKS Placement Wizard to determine if you need to take the math placement exam.

For spring:

New Coug Orientation is a half-day program for first-year, running start, and transfer students that takes place the week before the start of the spring semester.

For fall:

First-year students: Vancouver New Coug Orientation is a two-day program that will take place over the course of the summer. Students are expected to attend orientation on both June 24 and Aug. 5, 2022.

Transfer and Running Start students: Vancouver New Coug Orientation (for transfer and Running Start students) is a half-day program that takes place on Aug. 4, 2022. All transfer and running start students are expected to attend this session.

Once you start classes, your advisor and professors will only communicate with you using your WSU email address. Access your email using your network ID and password. You received an email (to your personal email) from Admissions after you applied to WSU with information on how to set up your network ID and password. If you run into issues, please review the New Student Tech Guide.