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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships

Welcome future WSU music students!  Thank you for your interest in our program. The School of Music is proud to be one of the premier programs in the Pacific Northwest.  But we can’t do it without you – our students. You are the reason we are here!

In order to ensure a smooth admission process, please read the information below.  If you have any questions, contact us at:  (509) 335-3898, email, or contact the faculty member for your primary instrument/voice.

We look forward to making music with you!



For applicants who intend to enroll in Fall 2024.

STEP 1:  Apply to the university

The fall 2024 semester admission priority application date for first-year students is March 31, 2024.

STEP 2:  Complete the WSU General Scholarship Application

This will make you eligible for hundreds of scholarship, including music scholarships.
Priority deadline is January 31, 2024. Scholarships may be provided after this date depending on remaining funds.


STEP 3:  Audition for the School of Music

Music major auditions for 2024-25 will be offered in person as well as virtually. Students who wish to minor in music do not need to audition.
Priority deadline for music scholarships is January 31.

The WSU School of Music will host two on-campus audition days in conjunction with our Music Major for a Day Events.

Fall Auditions/Music Major for a Day: Monday, October 30, 2023

Spring Auditions/Music Major for a Day: Monday, January 29, 2024

You may also schedule an individual appointment to audition on another date. You can join us on campus for an in-person audition or may audition virtually.

An audition is required for all incoming Music Majors.
Audition Requirements:

Brass & Percussion        

Keyboard (Undergraduate & Graduate)        


Voice (Undergraduate & Graduate)        


         Virtual Audition Option:

Send us a video/audio recording of your audition. After your application has been received, you will be contacted by a faculty member to schedule a Zoom interview.


For details on what to include in your recording, see Audition Requirements above or contact the coordinator of the Area of Study for your primary instrument/voice.  Recordings or private YouTube links should be submitted to the School of Music here, or by email to – Subject line: Audition, name, instrument.

For a recorded audition, please click Audition Sign-up above and submit the requested information.




Financial Aid and Scholarships

School of Music Scholarships

All students intending to major in music who audition (live or via recording) prior to January 31 will be considered for School of Music scholarship money. Students who audition on or after January 31 may still be considered for funding, but at a lower priority. Scholarships are only available for music majors and an audition is not required to become a music minor.  All students who wish to receive a scholarship must apply to WSU first. Some scholarships require completion of the FAFSA.

Scholarships cannot be finalized until the student is admitted to WSU.

The School of Music provides competitive scholarships for incoming students and for returning students.

Cougar Award (Western Undergraduate Exchange)

The Cougar Award is a renewable scholarship for out-of-state residents for up to $10,000 a year. Students who complete the WSU general scholarship application are entered into the pool of applicants for this award. Click the title above for more information.

University Award Programs

Washington State University offers significant awards to incoming students as part of its admissions process. THE KEY TO RECEIVING THESE AWARDS IS EARLY APPLICATION. The awards are granted to academically strong students on a first-come, first-served basis, with funds often expended by January. Many other awards for incoming and returning students are available; these require submission of the Academic Scholarship Application by February 1. Please click on the link above to access detailed information on all these awards.

College of Arts and Sciences Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences provides many scholarships and awards to incoming and returning students. Please click on the College Link to access this information. Click on the following Link for other information about the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tuition and Expenses

How much does it cost to attend WSU?  Click here for information.

New Student Orientation Tests & Ensemble Auditions

During the week before classes each semester, new students audition for ensembles and take diagnostic examinations. The ensemble auditions are in addition to those required for admission, awards, and graduate assistantships. Please contact the director(s) of the ensemble(s) in which you are interested to select an audition time. For further details, click HERE.


Contact the Music Office at (509) 335-3898, stop by Room 260 of Kimbrough Hall, or e-mail