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Alive! New Student Checklist

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.

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

Campus housing application

Check your housing assignment

Spring 2020 move-in begins on January 8 at 10 a.m.

Get the WSU New Coug app for Alive! and Week of Welcome schedules, move-in instructions, and more! For Apple and Android.

Take the placement exams

All new students — with a few exceptions — must take the math and English placement assessments to ensure that they’re placed in courses appropriate to their skill level. Check the links below for more information.

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

You can take the writing placement exam online before orientation or on paper at your summer Alive! session. The Writing Placement exam is not offered during Spring Alive! or Transfer Alive! programs.

Writing placement signup & info

If you take the exam at your summer Alive! session:

  • Check your Alive! session schedule for the exam start time. Be sure to arrive before thestart time.
  • Bring photo ID.
  • Bring two pens (either black or blue).

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

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.

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 Weekend of Welcome on Sunday, January 12th.

  • Green Dot: In this one-hour workshop, students will learn about bystander intervention and will be empowered to recognize and respond to situations that could be high risk for violence.
  • Booze, Sex and Reality Checks (BSRC): This hour and a half workshop helps students transition into our university’s social experience and culture, including valuable education about substance use and sexual-decision making. First-year and transfer students under the age of 21 as of Jan.1 are required to complete BSRC during their first semester at WSU.
  • 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 Jan. 1 are required to complete eCHECKUP TO GO (eCHUG) during their first semester at WSU.

Green Dot and BSRC workshops will be held Sunday, January 12th. Registration for your specific workshops will occur during your Alive! Orientation. Please plan accordingly so you can complete these workshops on Sunday.

If you have any questions, contact Health Promotion at

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.

Final transcripts

Make sure that schools and testing agencies are sending official transcripts and test scores to the WSU Office of Admissions.

Transcript information

Read the Common Reading book

Read Refuge this summer to prepare for the fall!

Written by political scientist Alexander Betts and economist Sir Paul Collier, Refuge offers creative, controversial, and practical solutions to the refugee crises around the world.

Around the globe, there are 65 million uprooted and displaced people; 20 million of them have fled to other countries, becoming international refugees. The majority of refugees will be in exile for at least five years. Some will spend decades belonging nowhere, living in makeshift camps.

Refuge offers a clear look at how a refugee crisis develops and offers workable solutions. And it challenges you to think creatively about a global problem that affects us right here at home.

Attend book-related activities throughout the year. Refuge is readily available in bookstores, online, and in libraries in many formats.

More Common Reading info