What to Expect

Program Overview

Summer Advantage is a five-week, 3-to-8 credit semester that will provide students with an opportunity to acclimate to college life. Summer Advantage students attend Alive orientation before the program begins. All events and programs will be modified to abide by current health guidelines. 

  • Attend class daily. Summer Advantage classes will be held in person, in a classroom with fellow students.
  • Participate in weekly residence hall meetings to voice opinions and concerns, plan activities, and develop a sense of community.
  • Engage in weekly academic assistance seminars with topics ranging from enhancing study skills, test preparation and test-taking techniques, library proficiency, and awareness of majors and college finances.
  • Discover activities and events on campus and in the city of Pullman. 
  • Get to know the Palouse and surrounding area during outings planned each weekend. Activities include outdoor adventures, bar-be-ques, farmer's market (depending on availability), and ropes course events. 


Rules & Expectations

Summer Advantage students are held to the same university standards as any other student. Students will receive handouts and information about the rules and expectations of the university as well as the specific expectations of the Summer Advantage program. To view more information about community expectations at WSU, visit the Center for Community Standards website

Transition to Campus Life

Summer Advantage peer mentors provide a support system for students during this time away from home. They are available to assist students in making the first month of college a productive learning process.

We provide assistance with textbook purchases, accompany students to class on the first day and help them get acquainted with the entire WSU Pullman campus.

In past years, Summer Advantage students and staff have shared dinner time together, providing a great opportunity to develop lifelong friendships. 

For Parents

If you are looking for ways to assist your college student transition into this new atmosphere, explore resources below:

  • 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.

Email & Snail Mail

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 students have not done so, they should visit WSU Outlook365  and begin using their WSU email account.

Students can receive mail during Summer Advantage, just like during the academic year.

Northside Hall Room XXX
PO Box 1700
Pullman, WA 99163

If mail is sent to students at this address after the last day of Summer Advantage, it will be returned to the sender; do not send mail after July 24.

If you still have questions please feel free to email us at advantage@wsu.edu.

Travel information

Getting Here
Pullman Transportation
Staying Here

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 moving belongings twice. 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