Washington State University

International Programs

International Undergraduate Admission

Requirements

International Admission Application (PDF) 

  • International Undergraduate Admission Application Open for Summer/Fall 2015!

Secondary School

Applicants must complete at least 12 years of elementary through secondary school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. Grades must be distinctly above average. We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.

Smart people love WSU! (And WSU loves them, too.) If you're among the top 10 percent of your high school class or if you've earned at least a 3.5 GPA, you're assured admission to WSU. Apply for admission, keep your grades up, and no worries: you're in.

Applicants graduating from accredited high schools outside the U.S. must have a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale). Your schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences.

College or University Transfer

International transfer applicants need to have a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) in at least one full year of study at a recognized or accredited post-secondary school.

You'll be notified if any additional documents are needed to review your application.

Transferring from a U.S. institution? Submit your transfer-in I-20 request form.

English Proficiency


There are a variety of ways to satisfy the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement at WSU. You may take an approved English language proficiency exam, you may qualify for a waiver, or you may complete language instruction at an approved English Language Instruction center. You decide which option is best for you and provide us with the documents. If you have questions please ask us at: international@wsu.edu

Approved English Language Proficiency Exams:

  • TOEFL CBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The TOEFL CBT test is administered on a computer and combines many of the same question types as the traditional paper-based test. The TOEFL CBT total score range is 0-300. WSU requires a minimum score of 213 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Official Score reports must be submitted directly to WSU from the testing agency and must be less than two years old.
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The TOEFL iBT test is administered via the internet and measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. The TOEFL iBT total score range is from 0-120. WSU requires a minimum score of 79 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Official Score reports must be submitted directly to WSU from the testing agency and must be less than two years old.
  • TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The TOEFL PBT test is administered in a paper-based format and measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. The TOEFL PBT total score range is from 310-677. WSU requires a minimum score of 550 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Official Score reports must be submitted directly to WSU from the testing agency and must be less than two years old.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - The IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. The IELTS score range is from 1 to 9. WSU requires a minimum score of 6.5 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Official Score reports must be submitted directly to WSU from the testing agency and must be less than two years old.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Arts Battery) - The MELAB evaluates advanced-level English language competence of adult nonnative speakers of English. The MELAB scores range from 0-80. WSU requires a minimum score of 77 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Scores must be less than two years old.
  • SAT - The SAT exam is intended to assess a student's readiness for college. The SAT exam scores range from 200-800. WSU requires a Critical Reading Sub Score of 500 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Official Score reports must be submitted directly to WSU from the testing agency and must be less than two years old.

English Language Proficiency Waiver Options

  • Waiver Option A - If you have attended a U.S. high school or an international high school that is regionally accredited in the U.S. for three or more years with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) you can qualify for this waiver.
  • Waiver Option B - If you have attended a U.S. regionally accredited college/university and have completed the transferable equivalents of WSU's English 101 and 102 with a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for each course at the time of application and have 27 semester (40 quarter) transferable credits completed by the beginning of classes for the term you are applying, you can qualify for this waiver.
  • Waiver Option C - If you have attended a U.S. regionally accredited college/university and have earned at least 53 semester (80 quarter) hours of transferable credits with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) by the beginning of classes for the term you are applying, you can qualify for this waiver.
  • Waiver Option D - If you have attended a U.S. regionally accredited college/university and have completed an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from the college/university with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) by the beginning of classes for the term you are applying, you can qualify for this waiver.
  • Waiver Option E - You are a citizen from one of the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, British Guyana, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad, Tobago, or Zambia, you can qualify for this waiver
  • Waiver Option F - You were schooled outside of the U.S. at a school where the language of instruction was English. You must provide an official letter from the school stating that English was the language of instruction while you attended there.

Approved English Language Instruction Centers or Alternative Program:

If you do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirements, you may be able to attend one of the following approved language programs. Note: You must apply to these programs separately from WSU.

Conditional Admission may be offered to students who meet all of WSU’s admission requirements, except for the language requirement. Upon successful completion of one of the above programs, conditionally admitted students will then become fully admitted to WSU. To receive Conditional Admission, you must apply to, and be admitted by, both WSU and one of these language programs.

Finances

Along with the admission application, you'll need to submit the Certificate of Finances to demonstrate that you have adequate financial resources to meet your educational expenses.

Washington State University requires that all F-1 or J-1 visa status applicants submit evidence of adequate financial support to cover costs of attendance for at least one full year of studies. This support may be provided through any combination of personal or sponsored funds.

Download the Certificate of Finances form and mail, email, or fax to International Undergraduate Admissions: Fax 1-509-335-2982, Email: international@wsu.edu

Send all materials to:

Office of International Programs
International Undergraduate Admissions
Bryan Hall Room 206
PO Box 645121
Pullman, WA 99164-5121
USA

Materials sent to Washington State University will not be returned.

If supported by personal and/or family funds, submit signed Certificate of Finances and original bank letter reflecting an available bank balance equal to or greater than $44,400 for Fall 2015-Spring 2016.

If sponsored by a government, educational institution, or official agency, please submit an official letter reflecting that the scholarship is valid for use at WSU.

Personal bank and sponsor letters should be signed or stamped by the bank/sponsor official and can be sent by mail, fax, or email. These letters cannot be older than three months from the date of application to the university. (Please understand that you are responsible for all payments to the university, even if you sponsored by your government or other agency.)

Awards for International Students Estimated Costs

If you meet the prerequisite requirements, you're ready to apply for admission.

Evaluation

The student must provide complete, official academic records from secondary (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) and post-secondary schools. Records should include courses taken, grades received, and degrees or certificates earned. Secondary school transcripts (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) - if not originally in English - must not only be translated into English, but also must be evaluated for U.S. credit.

WSU recommends translations and evaluations be performed by one of the approved credential evaluation agencies, such as World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluations (ECE). Other reputable agencies can be found on the NACES website (www.naces.org).

Foreign Credential Evaluation

The student must provide complete, official academic records from secondary (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) and post-secondary schools. Records should include courses taken, grades recieved, and degrees or certificates earned. Secondary school transcripts (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) - if not originally in English - must not only be translated into English, but also must be evaluated for U.S. credit. WSU recommends translations and evaluations be performed by one of the approved credential evaluation agencies, such as World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluations (CEE). Other reputable agencies can be found on the NACES website (www.naces.org).

Select credential evaluation service

The most commonly used evaluation services include:


Applicants may select any member organization of NACES to complete the credential/transcript evaluation.  See the full list of approved evaluation services.

Request the correct evaluation

Freshmen/first year students
  • Applicants whose only education includes high school/secondary school work need to request that the evaluation include a cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Transfer students
  • Applicants with college/university coursework need to request a course by course detailed transcript evaluation.  Applicants with less than one year of college/university work need to have both high school and college/university transcripts evaluated.

Under specific circumstances WSU can provide foreign credential evaluations. 

If you provide WSU with original transcripts and wish for us to complete a credential evaluation, please fill out the "request for evaluation" form and email to international.wsu.edu.

Passport

Submit a copy of the identity page of your passport or national identification card. If you will be accompanied by dependents (wife, husband, or child) you must provide a copy of each person's passport identity page or national identification card.

Office of International Programs

International Programs, PO Box 645121, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5121, 509-335-2541, Contact Us