Summer session is considered an “extra” session where WSU students like to either get ahead on their degree while others take vacation, or re-take classes they underperformed in previously. Class options are more limited, but as a new student, you will always have options.
Summer classes cover the same amount of material in much less time, so you will need to be focused from day 1!
As you arrive, many current students will be finishing their spring semester and leaving campus for summer (although some will be staying). As students take their final examinations one week, you will be starting summer classes the following week, so expect a quick transition on campus!
You should use the International Campus Arrival Guide as your main source for information. However, below are a few important things to know as you are a new student starting in the summer session.
Registering for classes
Undergraduate students normally register for first semester classes at New Coug Orientation. As a summer student, you will instead need to contact the Academic Success & Career Center (ASCC) at email@example.com to register. In your email, share your full name and WSU ID number, and state that you are a new international student requesting to be connected with an academic advisor to register for your first-term classes. Before you meet with them, make sure you have taken the Math and Writing Placement Exams.
If you are in our Academic English or Undergraduate Foundation program, you will be automatically registered for your first-term classes.
To maintain your F-1 visa status, you must be enrolled in a total of 6 credits during summer session. Three of those credits must be in-person classes and a maximum of 3 credits can be an online course, if necessary.
Applications for WSU on-campus summer housing are available in April. Summer housing contracts begin May 7 and classes begin May 8. Check the housing website in April so you can apply as soon as possible for summer housing. If you apply for summer housing, you are guaranteed a space. Your specific room assignment will be given to you when you check in on campus. If you arrive earlier than May 7, email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate your arrival. You may need to complete a second housing application and move into a temporary space before summer housing officially becomes available on May 7.
Summer session students begin classes before they can attend New Coug Orientation and International Student Tutorial. New undergraduate students must attend the first New Coug Orientation that they can during the summer. Summer session New Coug Orientation dates can be found here. International Student Tutorial will happen in August, but from May-August, we highly encourage you to check in with our international student advisors at Bryan Hall room 206.
If the term is approaching and you still have the “Orientation Required” hold on your myWSU account, please email email@example.com with your WSU ID number, requesting the hold be removed so that you can register for classes.
Fewer people are on campus during summer, so there are fewer bus routes in operation. You can always find the current bus schedule here, or in the Google Maps app on your phone.