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New Student To-Do List

Here are a few essential to-do’s you need to complete to attend Washington State University Pullman. To learn more about each item, click on the titles below:

Be Tech Ready

  1. Set up your WSU email account:
    1. Go to the website
    2. Login on the WSU Sign In Page with your Network ID and Password (same as myWSU Login)
    3. On the Office 365 Landing Page, click the ‘Mail’ Icon
    4. The first time you access this, it will ask you to set your time zone
    5. This will then take you to your Inbox for your Office 365 email account
    6. Your email address will be your
  2. Download Important Apps
    1. WSU Mobile
    2. Coug Presence
    3. Zoom
    4. Guidebook 
  3. Need technology assistance? Contact Crimson Service Desk

Complete Placement Assessment

It is important that students who need to take these exams complete them 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, at least two weeks, before orientation if you are not transferring in college-level math.

Do I need to take the Math Placement Assessment?

Writing Placement Process

If you are not transferring in college-level English, complete the writing placement assessment, at least 2 weeks, before your orientation session.

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.

Apply For Campus Housing

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, 2022. All applications received at that time will be treated equally in the first round of the placement process.

Pre-Orientation Modules



Before you can register for classes, you must complete the New Coug Pre-Orientation modules and the appropriate writing and math placement assessments.

Module topics include:

  • Foundations of your academic journey
  • Pre-advising and course registration
  • Housing, dining, and transportation
  • Policies and safety at WSU

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

Check Financial Aid Status

Students can view their financial aid award and to-do list in myWSU. Families: If you want to access this information, your student must authorize you for third-party access.

Complete Mandatory Programming

Cougar Health Services Mandatory Programs

All incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students are required to complete the following mandatory programs.

  • Count on Cougs: A bystander intervention program specifically developed for our WSU community.
  • eCHECKUP TO GO (eCHUG): This online, confidential survey allows students to receive personalized feedback about the impacts of alcohol and other drug use. First-year and transfer students under the age of 21 as of August 1 are required to complete eCHECKUP TO GO (eCHUG) during their first semester at WSU. This self-paced, interactive survey can be completed on your own time, but needs to be accomplished before the end of your first semester.

If you have any questions, contact Health Promotion at

Submit Your Photo For Your CougarCard

Please upload a passport-style photo of yourself for use on your Washington State University CougarCard. We also require an image of one of your current photo IDs for identity verification purposes. Photo ID images will be destroyed as soon as we have approved and verified the CougarCard picture submitted.

Send Immunization Records

WSU Immunization Requirements
WSU students are required to provide documentation of two doses of MMR immunization or immunity to measles. Students must submit proof of measles immunity in order to register for classes. 

Find details regarding the immunization requirement, including information about how to get immunized if you have not yet done so.

Send Final Transcripts

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