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Transfer to WSU

At WSU, we forge lifelong friendships, build bridges between cultures, and serve our communities through life-changing research. We aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves and lead the way. With the help of our specially trained advisors, you’ll receive credit for courses completed at other colleges and stay on track to earn your degree.

You are a transfer student if…

You’re considered a transfer student if you’ve attended college after you graduated from high school. There are no credit minimums or course requirements to be eligible to transfer.

WSU Works for You

  • Virtual, One-on-One Transfer Center Appointments
    If you’re interested in any of WSU’s campuses, schedule a 30-minute appointment with the Transfer Center! We’ll answer any questions you have and provide guidance and planning so you can successfully transition to WSU.
  • Transferring to WSU Virtual Presentation
    WSU provides a weekly presentation detailing the admission process for transfer students, including information about how credits transfer to WSU, and how students can plan what courses to take prior to attending WSU. Each session allows ample time for questions and answers. Presentations take place on Tuesdays, from 1 to 2 p.m. Pick a Tuesday from the calendar to register.
  • Transfer Student Seminar
    This two-credit course helps you develop skills and knowledge to have a successful transfer experience at WSU. The seminar is a combination of lectures, campus resource engagement, wellness workshops, and service learning.
  • Transfer Student Workshops
    Covering subjects like undergraduate research, studying abroad, and internships, transfer-specific workshops are available throughout the academic year. You’ll be connected with resources and learn how to get involved at WSU.
  • Transfer Tools
    Plan your transfer of courses to continue your education at WSU and get credit for the work you’ve completed. These online tools allow you to search transfer equivalencies, learn how to read your Transfer Credit Report or submit a request for course evaluation.

27,539 total students across 6 campuses
22,612 undergraduate students
35% of students are multicultural
33% of student are first in their families to attend college
2,010 new transfer students (2023)
25 average age of new transfer students

Steps to Transfer

  1. Track your progress
    Use the transfer course search tool to see how classes from other colleges transfer to WSU.
  2. Review UCORE requirements
    With WSU’s University Common Requirements, you’ll learn the skills you need to think critically and creatively while making decisions and judgment calls throughout your life and career. The backbone of a WSU bachelor’s degree, all Cougs share these requirements in addition to their major.
    In the process of earning a degree? See how it could transfer toward UCORE.
  3. Contact your academic department
    To learn about specific admission to major requirements, prerequisites, and scholarship opportunities unique to your major, visit your academic department’s website.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the Transfer Center
    Appointments are available for any prospective WSU student with transfer credit, including Running Start and other dual credit sources.

Campus Locations

Investing in your future

WSU was selected by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best Value Colleges” for 2022. The selection is based on return on investment for graduates due to WSU’s academics, affordability, and career preparation.

Financial Aid

Don’t miss out on free money! Fill out the FAFSA or WASFA to see what awards you qualify for.

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Submit your FAFSA by the March 31 priority date to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid available to you.

Washington Application For State Financial Aid (WASFA)

Qualifying undocumented students and other select applicants from Washington state should submit the WASFA by March 31 to determine their state financial aid eligibility, including grants, work-study, and general scholarships.

Financial Aid Estimator and Net Price Calculator

Learn the amount of financial aid you could qualify for at WSU and determine your estimated net costs of attending college, including tuition, housing, and more.

75% of WSU students received some form of financial aid in 2021
$179.7 million in awards offered in 2020-21


Use our scholarship search engine (and outside sources, too) to find awards you can apply for. We’ll add scholarships from any source to the financial aid WSU offers you! You can earn scholarships for community service, leadership, work experience, life experience, career goals, and more.

Learning at WSU

104fields of study
14:1student-to-teacher ratio
81%of classes have fewer than 50 students
62%of classes have fewer than 30 students

Research opportunities and internships

$335.2million total research and development expenditures in 2020 (National Science Foundation)
Topproducer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
14thamong public U.S. universities for student internships (The Princeton Review, 2022)

Beyond Graduation

  • The average mid-career salary for WSU graduates with a bachelor’s degree is $110,100—which is ranked among the top 16% of 4-year universities in the U.S. (PayScale College Salary Report, 2021-2022)
  • Amazon, Boeing, Deloitte, Google, and Microsoft are some of the top employers of WSU graduates.
  • Our engaged alumni network spans all 50 states and 146 countries, and our alumni love to help fellow Cougs advance their careers.