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Washington State University Graduate School

Welcome to Washington State University!

We’re excited to welcome you to the WSU and Pullman community! As you begin your graduate education at WSU, The Graduate School is here to guide you through every step along the way. This site holds all of the information presented at Graduate Student Orientation with access to the wide range of services available on campus and in the Pullman-Moscow area. The links on the left side of this page will take you wherever you need to go! Please make sure to bookmark this page so you have quick access to everything you need during your graduate career at WSU.


Orientation Overview

Living on the Palouse

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of Washington State. As one of the most affordable Pac-12 schools, Pullman and surrounding areas offer a variety of outdoor recreational options, social events and entertainment, family-friendly events, four spectacular seasons, and the close-knit community of a small town. With University of Idaho located just 8 miles away in Moscow, the Pullman-Moscow area has something for everyone.

Orientation: Life in Pullman

Financial Aid, Scholarships & Assistantships

Funding opportunities are available through fellowships, assistantships, grants, awards, and loans. Many departments at WSU offer financial assistance through Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, and Graduate Staff Assistantships – which include a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Tuition and Finances in Graduate School

WSU Financial Aid

Finding a Mentor & Creating a Timeline

Choosing a compatible mentor to guide you through your research and graduate education is critical in your academic success. We reached out to nominees and winners of GPSA’s Execellence Awards for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring to have a discussion with their graduate student mentees about building a productive, long-lasting relationship and staying on track during your graduate career.

Orientation: Your Mentor & You

Student Conduct

The Student Conduct Office and The Graduate School are here to support you in ensuring your academic freedom and integrity. We’ve prepared a video with the Director of Student Conduct as well as important links on the policies and procedures covered in The Graduate Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities, as well as WSU’s Student Conduct Code.

Orientation: Student Conduct

Health Care and Graduate Student Wellness

WSU’s Health and Wellness Services offers a medical clinic, vision clinic, pharmacy, and counseling to all students. Additionally, graduate assistants may be eligible for Graduate Student Health Insurance. We’ve assembled a list of excellent resources to assist you in maintaining your health during your graduate career, as well as tips from current graduate students to promote mental and physical well-being during your journey though graduate education.

Orientation: Graduate Student Wellness


The Graduate & Professional Student Association advocates for graduate and professional students in university, local, state, and federal capacities. The GPSA provides support for all graduate and professional students through a variety of support services, social events, and outreach programs. The Graduate School and GPSA have partnered to create The Professional Development Initiative for training in career development, communication and leadership, and more. Check out the calendar in the link below to attend a PDI or GPSA-sponsored social event!

Graduate & Professional Student Association

Title IX, ADA & Campus Resource Centers

The Office for Equal Opportunity is an on-campus resource to ensure compliance with Title IX and ADA federal guidelines, as well as WSU’s Executive Policies (EP15, EP12, & EP7) regarding discrimination, sexual harassment and misconduct, equal opportunity and affirmative action, and accessibility. The OEO offers online and in-person training sessions for graduate students and departments to foster an inclusive campus climate.

Orientation: Title IX, ADA & Campus Resources

State Residency

Start collecting the required documentation for your residency status NOW! All documents must be submitted by the 30th day of the semester in which you are seeking residency in order to avoid out-of-state tuition fees. Graduate assistant waivers for the out-of-state portion of your tuition are only available for your first year at WSU. Follow the steps outlined in the video and in the Residency Questionnaire to stay on top of these deadlines!

Orientation: Residency

WSU Libraries

The Washington State University Libraries are here to help! With millions of books, articles, and other media options available through the physical and digital collections, research guides and study spaces, and an excellent team of librarians, WSU Libraries is an essential resource for your coursework and research.

WSU Libraries

International Students

The Office of International Programs cultivates an inclusive environment for international students, faculty, and visiting scholars. With cultural adjustment workshops, weekly social events, student organizations, documentation and language support, and more, International Programs is here to assist all International Cougs in their academic and professional endeavors.

International Programs


Make your commute to campus a breeze! In partnership with Pullman Transit, all WSU students ride for free just by showing your CougarCard. WSU’s rideshare programs and vanpools can also make getting to campus is easy and affordable. Additionally, on-campus parking is available on a first come, first served basis with tiered pricing on annual permits.

Orientation: Transportation

About Our Hosts

The videos for Graduate Student Orientation would not have been possible without our wonderful team of hosts!