Welcome to Washburn! Here's what to do after you've been accepted

Congratulations! You've earned admission to Washburn University as a freshman. In the weeks leading up to your first day of class, there are several important steps you will need to take to ensure a successful first semester. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of those steps.

Note: If for whatever reason you are viewing this page and have not yet applied, apply to Washburn to kickstart your admission process.

Starting July 1 entering your senior year

1. Set up your MyWashburn account

This is your portal to access your financial aid, housing information and much more as an Ichabod! To set up your account, follow the instructions provided to your personal email from Washburn Information Technology Services after you were admitted. If you don’t see the email or have questions about signing up, contact Washburn ITS by email at support@washburn.edu, by phone at 785.670.3000 or find more information about MyWashburn. Additionally, once you have set up your account, you can begin searching through a variety of scholarship opportunities available to you through our scholarship-matching tool, ScholarshipUniverse.

2. Sign into your student email

Your student email is how you will receive official emails from your professors and the university. Check this account weekly as you may receive messages from Financial Aid or Residential Living in your inbox. To log in, visit outlook.washburn.edu and enter your login information. If you have trouble logging in, contact Washburn ITS by email at support@washburn.edu or by phone at 785.670.3000.


Starting in December of your senior year

3. Register for orientation

First-year students are required to attend a new student orientation the summer before their fall semester of freshman year (students who enroll in their first class during the spring semester will attend their NSO in January). See the complete listing of New Student Orientations and to register for the NSO that best fits your schedule. Space is limited, so register early to make sure you get the date you want!

4. Check in with Residential Living

Another important item to check off the list is Residential Living! Whether you're applying for housing or filing a first-year housing exemption, you will need to visit MyWashburn and select the Student Life tab on the left hand side, then select the Residential Living Housing Portal to either apply or file your exemption request. Registration for student housing opens the first Monday in December, and you have a variety of options from which to choose, including the Living Learning Center, Lincoln Hall and fraternity/sorority housing. If you have questions contact the Residential Living office by phone at 785.670.1065 or by email at resliving@washburn.edu.


Starting January 1 of your senior year

5. Apply for financial aid

Visit studentaid.gov and complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to have the best chance at receiving financial aid, as well as other possible scholarships through Washburn. Be sure to enter Washburn University’s school code (001949). Priority deadline is March 15, 2024. If you have questions, contact our Financial Aid office at 785.670.1151 or by emailing financialaid@washburn.edu. If you haven't already, now would also be a good time to look through your available scholarship opportunities on Scholarship Universe.


Starting March 1 of your senior year

6. Review and accept financial aid opportunities

Within your MyWashburn account, you can review and formally accept any scholarships, grants and/or loans you have been offered in the Financial Services menu. If you have questions, contact our Financial Aid office at 785.670.1151 or by emailing financialaid@washburn.edu.


After high school graduation

7. Submit your final high school transcript

Once your high school classes are completed and final grades for the year have been submitted, you will need to have your official high school transcripts sent to Washburn. To be considered official, transcripts must arrive at Washburn via the U.S. Postal Service from the institution that issues them. Washburn accepts official electronic transcripts at etranscripts@washburn.edu. You may also bring them to the Office of Admissions in Morgan Hall in a sealed envelope from the school. Washburn does not accept faxed transcripts as official. Mailed transcripts should be sent to: Washburn University, Office of Admissions, 1700 S.W. College Avenue, Topeka, KS 66621.


Starting July of your incoming freshman year

8. Check your student email daily

During the summer, you'll want to check your student email daily to keep up with any important information about your first semester at Washburn! To access your student email, log in to your account at outlook.washburn.edu. If you have trouble logging in, contact Washburn ITS by email at support@washburn.edu or by phone at 785.670.3000.



Washburn University Admissions
Morgan Hall Suite 100
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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