ROAR New Student Checklist

Enjoy a smooth transition to WSU Vancouver by completing this checklist.

  1. Pay your advanced tuition deposit
  2. Complete your admission file
  3. Check financial aid status
  4. Take math and writing placement assessments
  5. Meet with an advisor and register for classes
  6. Complete ROAR online orientation program
  7. Access your official WSU email
  8. Coordinate transportation and housing
  9. Make accessibility accommodations
  10. Purchase books
  11. Pay your tuition and fees
  12. Check your class schedule
  13. Get connected now!

Veterans—Check out the New Student Veteran Checklist for a step-by-step guide to joining the ranks of WSU Vancouver.

International students—Attend the mandatory International Student Orientation Program.

Your checklist


1. Pay your advanced tuition deposit

Accept your admission offer online and pay your non-refundable $200 advanced tuition deposit to reserve your space at WSU Vancouver.

Students with a Pell Grant and a demonstrated financial hardship should contact the Cougar Center at 360-546-9788.

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2. Complete your admission file

Turn in your final official transcripts from high school and/or each college you have attended. Have all materials sent to:

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

Learn how to submit transcripts.

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.

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3. Check financial aid status

View your status at the “Finances” link in myWSU, including your award summary, to-do list and student account activity. Attend an A – Z of Paying for College Workshop to learn more.

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4. Take math and writing placement assessments

If you haven’t earned credit for a college-level writing course, you must take the writing placement assessment. Depending on your major and/or courses in college-level math, you may also need to take a math placement assessment. Check exam websites for details.

You may not be able to register for classes until you have taken placement assessments.

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5. Meet with an advisor and register for classes

You will receive information about the advising and registration process via email after your advance tuition deposit is paid.

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6. Complete ROAR online orientation program

Learn about academic expectations, campus resources and tips for success. Completing the online orientation course is mandatory for all new students.

A link to the online orientation will be emailed to you after you confirm your enrollment.

If you have not received an email and believe you should have, contact the ROAR team at van.roar@wsu.edu.

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7. Access your official WSU email

Log into office365.wsu.edu with your Network ID and password.

All official university emails will be sent to your WSU email address.

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8. Coordinate transportation and housing

Parking permits are required for campus parking.

C-TRAN Bus Passes may be purchased from the Cashier in the Student Services Center.

Although WSU Vancouver does not offer housing on campus, there are many local options. Explore the Campus Bulletin Board for Housing, or visit other online resources, such as the Columbian and Oregonian local newspapers.

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9. Make accessibility accommodations

If you have a disability that requires special materials, services or assistance, please contact the Access Center at 360-546-9238 or van.access.center@wsu.edu at least two weeks in advance, when possible, to alert us of your specific needs.

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10. Purchase books

After registering for classes, you can purchase or rent your textbooks at The Bookie on campus or online. You may also purchase books from other vendors.

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11. Pay your tuition and fees

WSU does not mail billing statements

Log into myWSU and click on “Finances” to view your student account balance. Bills, charges and financial aid will post the week prior to the start of classes. Pay through myWSU or at the Cashier in the Student Services Center.

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12. Check your class schedule

Confirm class locations and times a few days before classes begin. They may have changed from when you originally registered. Log into myWSU to view your schedule.

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13. Get connected now!

You can get connected on campus in many ways—attend upcoming events, such as the Back to School BBQ or guest lectures; go on Pullman trips and join student organizations. Jumpstart your student experience. Create your Coug Presence account to browse clubs and upcoming events.

Check out the events calendar for upcoming listings. Learn about student organizations offered on campus.

Start your VanCoug Journey today to explore your campus opportunities and for guidance on making the most of your time at WSU Vancouver.

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Extra credit: learn the WSU Fight Song!

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