New Student To-Do List

Here are a few essential to-do’s you need to complete to attend Washington State University Pullman. All items must be completed in order to register for classes at orientation.  To learn more about each item, click on the titles below. 

Be Tech Ready

Set up your WSU email account.

  • Go to the website
  • Login on the WSU Sign In Page with your Network ID and Password (same as myWSU login).
  • On the Office 365 Landing Page, click the “Mail” Icon.
  • The first time you access this, it will ask you to set your time zone.
  • This will then take you to your Inbox for your Office 365 email account.
  • Your email address will be

Install the Guidebook App. Visit from your phone to install.

Need technology assistance? Contact Crimson Service Desk or call 509-335-HELP (509-335-4357)

Placement Assessments

It is important that students who need to take these exams complete them two weeks prior to their Orientation session, as scores will determine which classes you are eligible to register for with your academic advisor.

ALEKS Math Placement Assessment
Complete the ALEKS math placement assessment if you are not transferring in college-level math. Do I need to take the Math Placement Assessment?

Writing Placement Process
Complete the writing placement assessment if you are not transferring in college-level English. Do I need to take the Writing Placement Assessment?

Foreign Language Placement
If you plan to enroll in a foreign language course, please visit the Language Placement Testing website for more information.

New Coug Pre-Orientation Modules

Before you arrive for New Coug Orientation, we encourage you to complete the New Coug Pre-Orientation modules. These modules are full of valuable resources that will help you get the most out of your orientation session. An invitation to complete these modules is emailed to students after registration for spring orientation. Fall 2023 new students will receive access to the modules in May 2023.

Login information will be emailed to your WSU email address. Make sure you’ve set up your account.


For Spring New Coug Orientation: Housing is not provided during spring orientation. We will provide housing during the summer sessions for students.

You can apply for housing 24 – 48 hours after you have confirmed your admission. If you’re eligible to live off-campus, explore additional options at The priority deadline for new housing applications is May 1, 2023. All applications received at that time will be treated equally in the first round of the placement process.

Mandatory Programs

Incoming first-year and transfer students are required to complete the following mandatory programs:

Count on Cougs: This 1-hour violence prevention and bystander training workshop on bystander intervention must be completed by the end of a student’s second semester.
ECHECKUp TO GO: This 15-20-minute self-guided alcohol survey is required for all incoming students who will be under the age of 21 at the beginning of their first semester. Please read ALL verification instructions to guarantee proper submission.
Hazing Prevention: WSU students are required to complete an educational hazing prevention module. Please review the Washington Administrative Code (504-26-206) and/or the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 28B.10.900 – 28B.10.910) related to hazing for more information. Washington State has a no-tolerance hazing law. 

Instructions to complete these programs will be available in August, 2023.

Failure to complete mandatory programs will result in a registration hold placed on their myWSU account. If students have additional questions they can email

WSU Vaccination Requirements

WSU students are required to provide documentation of:

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Measles (Rubeola), OR MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine
  • Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4/ACWY)*
  • Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (Pertussis) Vaccine
  • Varicella (chicken pox) Vaccine
  • Tuberculosis screening for high-risk populations

Find details regarding immunization requirements, submitting documentation, exemption requests or getting immunized if you have not done so at or contact

Final Transcripts

Make sure that your high school or transfer institution and testing agencies are sending official transcripts and test scores to the WSU Office of Admissions.

Students who are in Running Start, High School in the College, or other dual enrollment programs must send transcripts from each college/university providing college-level academic credit.