Summer Advantage is a five-week, 3-to-8-credit semester that will provide your student an opportunity to acclimate to college life at a slower pace and in a more personal manner than what they might experience during the fall semester.
Your student will face some adjustments during their first weeks of college. Our Summer Advantage peer mentors provide a support system for them during this time away from home. They are available to assist your student in making the first month of college a productive, gradual learning process.
We provide assistance with textbook purchases, accompany your student to class on the first day and help them get acquainted with the entire WSU campus.
In the past years, Summer Advantage students and staff have shared dinner time together, providing a great opportunity to develop lifelong friendships. Why not have your student spend five weeks with us, starting their college career off on the right foot?
“Senior year is hard with SATs, school dances, and graduation. So it may be hard for some incoming freshman to consider not working or relaxing before starting WSU. As a parent who’s cougar started WSU Summer Advantage only 5 days after graduation, I can tell you it was worth it.
My daughter’s transition into college life couldn’t have been any better. She learned studying tips, the campus, local restaurants, and made amazing friends in the 5 weeks she participated in the program. As parents, moving in early helped us move her in the dorms, learn myWSU.edu, learn about campus security, summer storage, etc. The Summer Advantage staff was always amazing!”
—Trinity, parent of a Summer Advantage student, 2018
Email your student
WSU provides each student with an email address. All communications from our office and WSU in general will go directly to their WSU Email address, NOT their personal email address or their MyWSU message system. If your student has not done so, please visit WSU Outlook365 so they can begin using their WSU email account.
Northside Hall Room XXX
PO Box 1700
Pullman, WA 99163
If mail is sent to your student at this address after the last day of Summer Advantage, it will be returned to the sender, so please make sure to get your student’s Fall address ASAP, or do not send mail after July 24!
If you still have questions please feel free to call us at 800-222-4978 or 509-335-3530.
Help your student transition
If you are looking for ways to assist your college student transition into this new atmosphere, below are some web links to assist with the changes:
- Staying Connected to your Kid from the Family Education Web site.
- Need help figuring out how to say goodbye? The Family Education Web site offers advice.
- Consider bookmarking the WSU Parent Newsletters page. Written by our Admissions Counselors, these newsletters help provide peace of mind and tips for you and your student as they transition from home to University life.
Storage options after Summer Advantage
With only a couple weeks between the end of Summer Advantage and fall semester, some students choose to leave their belongings in Pullman to avoid the hassle of having to bring all their items back again for the new semester. Below are the names and numbers of local storage businesses.
- Advantage Mini Storage 509-332-0865
- Blue Sky Self Storage 509-334-7444
- C&S Mini Storage 509-332-2526
- Evergreen Storage 509-334-0234
- Grand Ave Storage and Supply 509-332-1281
- KIP Development 509-334-7444
- Pullman Mini Storage 509-334-7939