Campus Arrival Guide – Pullman

Welcome to WSU!

Every great journey begins with a few small steps! Our WSU staff, mentors, and volunteers are ready to help you along the way. We have put together a checklist of very important things to do during your first days on campus.

If you are admitted to the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett, or Spokane campus, contact your International New Student Coordinator for more details.

Arrival checklist

WSU uses multi-factor authentication (MFA), a multi-step account login process that requires users to enter more information than just a password. After your admission is confirmed, you will receive an email with instructions to set up your MFA and student accounts. It is essential that you know your WSU username and password for your WSU student (myWSU) account before you arrive to campus. For additional information, please check the SSO Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) page.


Your myWSU account is the central location where you will see your class schedule, pay your tuition, and many more important matters.

WSU email

We know there are many forms of communication in the world. However, at WSU, your WSU email account is the ONLY way to communicate with important offices on campus such as Housing, Bursar’s Office, professors, and more.

If you are having trouble with your login information, please contact your International New Student Coordinator, who will connect you with the appropriate IT person.

This program provides you with a volunteer mentor who can assist you in transitioning to the WSU campus and Pullman. You will be contacted via your WSU email to be paired with a mentor. If you have arrived and do not have a mentor, email

Make sure that you have all the essentials you need such as food, water, clothes, and more. We will be taking WSU international students to Walmart to get various supplies you may need. If you would like to go, please contact your New Student Coordinator to reserve your spot! Make sure you have valid payment methods such as bank card authorized to work in the U.S. or U.S. dollars in physical cash.

New Coug Orientation, International Student Tutorial, and placement exam details can be found here.

If you have not received your Cougar Card, go to CUB Room 60 with your passport. You will need your Cougar Card to use the bus, enter your residence hall, purchase food on campus, and more.

As a WSU student, you have free, unlimited access to the local bus system that connects you to locations on and off campus. Just show your Cougar Card and you can get right on! Choose your location on Google Maps and you will automatically see bus stops and schedule.

You are allowed to complete SEVIS check-in only after you have arrived on campus. Log onto using your WSU username and password and complete the new student check-in. This step is essential to complete for your immigration record. Failure to do this will result in termination of your SEVIS record.

You will need a bank account to pay your tuition, fees, housing and more. We suggest setting up an account with WSECU or US Bank because they are in the CUB at the center of campus. You must open the account in person with your passport. If you wish to open an account with a different bank in town, you may do so, but you will need to take your own transportation to get there.

Tuition, on-campus housing, dining plans, and student fees are all billed to and paid on each students’ individual myWSU student account. Here is additional information on how to pay tuition and fees.

All tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes each term. In your myWSU account, there is also a payment plan option to make 4 separate payments throughout each semester.

Meet other international students on campus! The International Center is a common place for students from all around the world to hang out and connect. The International Center also hosts a variety of activities including the Weekly Coffee Hour series each Friday at 3 p.m., English Conversation Tables, Cooking Demonstrations, and more. Stop by the International Center at CUB L46  (on the lowest level of the CUB) to start making friends.

Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.