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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why are new students (freshmen and transfer) required to attend an orientation program before they can register for classes?

Nationally and at Washington State University, students who attend an orientation program are retained at higher rates than students who do not attend. Requiring all new students to attend an orientation program provides Washington State University the opportunity to share with students and their parents/guests the University’s mission, goals, values, and academic expectations; discuss academic policies, procedures and programs; review costs, in terms of both dollars and personal commitment, and expose them to valuable resources and campus-support services aimed at student success, retention and graduation.

Ultimately, orientation/registration programs such as Spring Alive! create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety, promotes student action and responsibility, and prepares students to hit the ground running during their first days, weeks, and months.

What if I can't attend a Spring Alive! session?

All new students (freshman and transfer) must attend an orientation/registration program in order to enroll at WSU.

What if I cannot afford to attend? 

The Office of New Student Programs has limited funding available for those who demonstrate financial need. If you have a financial aid award that covers more than tuition and fees, the orientation/matriculation fee for Spring Alive! can be paid using your financial aid. Please use the downloadable form and indicate that you would like to use financial aid to pay for your orientation/matriculation fee. Please contact our office at 509-335-4242 for more information.

Is housing provided during Spring Alive!? 

No, housing is not provided during Spring Alive!. 

Students: You should plan on moving into your residence hall or place of residence in Pullman. To reserve a spot in the residence halls for the spring semester visit

Parents & Guests: Housing is not provided as a part of Spring Alive!. You are permitted to stay with your student in their residence hall provided the roommate(s) agree. We have arranged for a block of rooms at the Residence Inn Pullman on a first come, first served basis. Book your group rate for WSU SPR 18 Orientation Information on hotels can be found on the WSU Visitor Center website by visiting

Where do we go for the Spring Alive! program? Where do we park when we get to campus? 

Spring Alive! check-in will be at the Compton Union Building (CUB). 

A few weeks prior to your orientation session, parking permits will be available for you to print.  Please refer to your Pre-Arrival Email for detailed printing instructions.

Do students need to confirm their admission and pay their advanced tuition deposit before attending the program?

Yes. In order to register for and attend Spring Alive!, students need to confirm their enrollment for fall semester by paying their advanced tuition deposit of $200. If that poses a financial hardship, students should contact the Office of Admissions directly at 1-888-468-6978 and ask about deferring this payment until the beginning of the semester.

How do I get the orientation hold off my account?

Your orientation hold will be removed on the final day of your orientation session once you have attended all events of the program. Your advising hold will also be removed on the final day after which you will be given an opportunity to sign up for classes.

When do classes begin spring semester?

Classes begin Monday, January 8, 2018.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due on the first day of class, Monday, January 8, 2018, and will automatically be billed to your student account.

Do I need to complete any placement exams?

As an undergraduate student at Washington State University, you must pass an approved mathematics course and an approved English composition course in order to graduate. The exams are designed to help you fulfill these requirements by placing you in the courses that best match your skills.

With some exceptions, all entering students are required to take the ALEKS, mathematics placement exam. The ALEKS exam is available online on the Department of Mathematics website.

All entering students who have not received equivalent credit for English 101 must take the writing placement exam. Students who have received a score of four or above on the AP English Literature/Comp or AP English Language/Comp Exam will receive credit for English 101 and do not have to take the writing placement exam. Also, students in the Honors College do not need to take the writing placement exam. You can learn more about the Writing Placement Exam on the Writing Program's website.