New Student Checklist
In addition to registering for Alive orientation, here are a few essential things you’ll need to do and some dates you’ll need to know as you get ready to attend WSU.
DOWNLOAD ZOOM & SIGN IN WITH YOUR WSU NETWORK ID AND PASSWORD
Basic Zoom Meeting Account Activation Instructions
- Navigate to https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/207373866-Zoom-Installers using your favorite web browser.
- Download Zoom Client for Meetings for your operating system.
- Install application and start if not already running.
- Click Sign In.
- Enter your WSU email address and password.
- Click Sign In.
- Enter your WSU email and password again when prompted.
- Click Sign In.
- Click Open Zoom Meetings when popup window is displayed.
- Your account should now be active and logged into Zoom desktop application.
- For support visit https://confluence.esg.wsu.edu/display/KB/Self+Help+-+Video+Conferencing
- Or email email@example.com.
TAKE THE PLACEMENT EXAMS
All new students must attend an orientation program to enroll for their first semester of classes. At your orientation program, you’ll meet with an advisor, register for classes, get familiar with campus, and find resources that will help you create an amazing experience at WSU.
ALEKS MATH PLACEMENT EXAM
Complete the math placement exam at least two weeks before orientation if you are not transferring in college-level math.
MATH PLACEMENT SIGNUP & INFO
WRITING PLACEMENT EXAM
Complete the writing placement exam at least one week before orientation if you are not transferring in college-level english.
WRITING PLACEMENT SIGNUP & INFO
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT
If you plan to enroll in a foreign language course, you will need to take the WebCAPE placement exam before your Alive orientation. (Exemptions may apply.)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE SIGNUP & INFO
CHECK FINANCIAL AID STATUS
Students can view their financial aid award and to-do list on the WSU student portal. Parents: If you want to access this information, ask your student to authorize you for third-party access.
CHECK AID STATUS ON MYWSU
COMPLETE MANDATORY PROGRAMMING
All incoming and transfer undergraduate students are required to complete the following mandatory programs during the Week of Welcome.
- 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 15 are required to complete eCHECKUP TO GO (eCHUG) during their first semester at WSU.
Count on Cougs workshops will be held online throughout the Week of Welcome. Registration for your specific workshops will occur during your Alive Orientation.
If you have any questions, contact Health Promotion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLACEMENT EXAM EXEMPTIONS
If you have already met the English composition and mathematics requirements, you don’t need to take the placement exams. There are several ways to do this; see below for full information.
Foreign language placement: If you have transfer credit or AP credit in the language, you do not need to take the placement exam.
Apply for campus housing
Do this as soon as possible! Campus housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You can apply for housing as soon as you have confirmed your admission. All undergraduate freshmen under 20 years of age are required to live in organized living groups which are officially recognized by the university (residence halls, fraternities and sororities) for one academic year. If you’re eligible to live off campus, explore additional options at offcampusliving.wsu.edu.
Submit your photo for your CougarCard
In preparation for the school year, 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. These Photo ID images will be destroyed as soon as we have approved and verified the picture submitted.
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO COUGARCARD INFO
SEND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
WSU MEASLES IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT
WSU students are required to provide documentation of 2 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 schools and testing agencies are sending official transcripts and test scores to the WSU Office of Admissions.
READ THE COMMON READING BOOK
Read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood this summer to prepare for the fall!
The Washington State University Common Reading Program has announced that the 2016 book by television star and comedian Trevor Noah, titled, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” will be used as the 2020-21 shared read for students.
The book describes several of Noah’s experiences growing up as the son of a white Swiss father and black Xhosa tribe woman under an apartheid government. At the time, being of mixed races in that country was illegal. That was the basis for the book’s title.
“This selection will provide a rich field of topics from which the Common Reading Program will draw for year-long classroom discussion, programming, and guest expert lectures,” said Karen Weathermon, director. “The book will provide a platform for examining issues of inequalities as they occur in a variety of different contexts as well as issues of race, identity, family, and the power of storytelling.”
Attend book-related activities throughout the year. Born a Crime is readily available in bookstores, online, and in libraries in many formats.
MORE COMMON READING INFO