ROAR New Student Checklist

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

  1. Pay your advanced tuition deposit
  2. Complete your admission file
  3. Check financial aid status
  4. Take math and writing placement exams
  5. Meet with an advisor and register for classes
  6. Attend ROAR New Student Orientation
  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 Check-in Program.


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.


2. Complete your admission file

Turn in your final official transcripts from high school and/or each college you have attended.

WSU Vancouver Office of Admissions
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686


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.


4. Take math and writing placement exams

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

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

Incoming freshmen? You may not attend Advising and Registration until this requirement is met.


5. Meet with an advisor and register for classes

You will receive contact information for your advisor in the mail.

Incoming freshman? You will complete this step at Advising and Registration. Watch your inbox for an email inviting you to sign up and indicate your preferred session.


6. Attend ROAR New Student Orientation

Learn about academic expectations and campus resources. Connect with peers, faculty and staff. Attendance is mandatory.

If you have not received your invitation email and believe you should have, contact the ROAR team at 360-546-9118 or van.roar@wsu.edu.


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.


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.


9. Make accessibility accommodations

To request disability-related accommodations (for ROAR and/or the academic year), make the request as soon as possible to the Access Center, 360-546-9238, van.access.center@wsu.edu. We will make a good faith effort to fulfill advance requests.


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.


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.


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.


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 CougSync account to browse clubs and upcoming events.

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

Contact Career Services for information about finding on-campus jobs or to speak with a career counselor.


Extra credit: learn the WSU Fight Song!