The orientation program will help you meet friends, find your way around campus, and get ready for your classes at WSU.
All incoming students are required to attend an orientation program on campus to register for classes.
The writing placement exam will enable your advisor to place you in the first-year writing course most appropriate for your ability.
If you have received equivalent credit for English 101 through college transfer or the Advanced Placement (AP) test in English, you do not need to take the writing placement exam. Honors College students do not need to take the exam.
The writing placement exam is offered online and must be completed at least 1 week before your orientation date.
The math placement assessment is an online exam designed to place you in an appropriate-level mathematics course.
All new students are required to take the test. (Students with college-level math credit may be exempt.)
The testing fee includes a 6-week review module, access to the exam, and up to 4 retakes. If you take the test more than once, WSU will use your best score.
You must attend orientation in order to register for classes. Orientation programs are offered on several dates throughout the summer and fall. In addition to the ALIVE Orientation, all international students are required to attend an international orientation presented by the Office of International Programs. These orientations are usually held at the beginning of the fall and spring terms, prior to the start of the fall and spring Alive programs. Please remember you must sign up for both the Alive Session and the International Orientation. Choose the events and dates that fit you best. Make sure your travel arrangements allow you to attend an orientation session.
- Mandatory International Undergraduate Orientation Sign Up — All international students must attend the orientation associated with their first semester at WSU.
- Spring Alive — Held in January for all students starting spring semester.
- Summer Alive Orientation — 12 orientation sessions are offered in June and July.
- Fall Alive Orientation — Most international students attend fall orientation, as it fits within the arrival window specified by U.S. visa regulations.
All international undergraduate and graduate students will be charged a nonrefundable $50 international student orientation fee after course registration. The fee will be charged to your WSU account and can be paid along with your tuition through myWSU.
This orientation is offered by the Office of International Programs Global Services Department.
Register here for orientation.
If you are transferring from another U.S. college or university to WSU, we recommend attending Transfer Registration Days.
While you can attend any orientation program that is convenient for you, Transfer Registration Days will allow you to register for classes before anyone else.
University Writing Portfolio
All WSU students are required to submit 3 samples of their college writing or complete a timed write once they complete 60 semester credits.
Writing samples can come from any college course—so keep your papers!
The University writing portfolio evaluates your readiness for the demands of writing-intensive upper-division courses in your major. And if your writing skills need more work, it helps your advisors connect you with the help you need.
If you have attended college or university outside the United States, we recommend that you bring course descriptions and syllabi (translated into English) with you. This will help us identify equivalent WSU courses for transfer credit.
If You Have Attended College in the United States
Use our transfer equivalency database to find WSU courses that are equivalent to your transfer courses.
If you have earned an associate’s degree in the United States, you may be able to transfer to WSU with credit for the University Common Core (UCORE) general education requirements. Some degrees can transfer directly into junior standing at WSU.
College Credit Earned in Washington
If you have attended college in the State of Washington, or if you plan to do so, the “Washington 45” agreement makes it easy for you to transfer pre-approved first-year courses from one college to another in the State of Washington.
Your sponsor should provide a Financial Guarantee Letter outlining the sponsorship conditions and financial coverage. Bring a copy of this letter with you to your orientation session.
If your sponsor or home country will be providing health insurance, bring your insurance card (or equivalent) to your orientation.
If you did not submit your Financial Guarantee to International Programs during your Orientation then you will need to contact the Office of International Programs financial services to make an appointment to submit your Financial Guarantee to WSU.