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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
    • Guidebook is your app for New Coug Orientation deatils, including parking, campus maps and much more.
    • Coug Presence Presence is WSU’s engagement app for student organizations. Learn about upcoming events. 
    • Zoom
  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.


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.

New Coug 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. These modules are emailed to students after registration for spring orientation. Fall 2022 new students will receive the modules in May.

Module topics include:

  • Foundations of your academic journey
  • 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! 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.

Office of the Dean of Students – Mandatory Programs

As the start of a new academic year quickly approaches, we want to provide updates on mandatory programming for our incoming students.

  • Count on Cougs: This 1-hour workshop on bystander intervention is required for all WSU students to complete in their first year. Workshops will start during Week of Welcome (August 13th-21st) and students must attend one before the end of their second semester. Failure to attend a workshop will result in a registration hold placed on their myWSU account. Sign-ups will be available at this link after August 1st
  • 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 as of August 1st, 2022. Students are encouraged to complete the survey during Week of Welcome on their own. Failure to complete the survey before the end of their first semester will result in a registration hold placed on their myWSU account. The survey can be accessed at this link . Please read ALL verification instructions to guarantee proper submission!

If students have additional questions or concerns regarding mandatory programs they can email Health Promotion at

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. 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.