Students Say

From the moment you arrive on the campus of Washington State, you sense that the university is a “tight-knit community.” In turn, this helps to foster a “friendly atmosphere” and “great spirit,” both of which permeate the school. As one happy undergrad shares, “Washington State University became part of my family once I [set] foot on this campus. Every staff member is so nice and very welcoming. It is home away from home.” Another student quickly adds, “I felt like WSU wanted me to attend their school. They called, they encouraged, they gave information, and checked frequently about any questions I had.”

Overview

Applicants
14,887
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
3.29

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 570
SAT Math
460 - 580
ACT Composite
19 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

From the moment you arrive on the campus of Washington State, you sense that the university is a “tight-knit community.” In turn, this helps to foster a “friendly atmosphere” and “great spirit,” both of which permeate the school. As one happy undergrad shares, “Washington State University became part of my family once I [set] foot on this campus. Every staff member is so nice and very welcoming. It is home away from home.” Another student quickly adds, “I felt like WSU wanted me to attend their school. They called, they encouraged, they gave information, and checked frequently about any questions I had.” Academically, Washington State excels in the sciences, especially with their preveterinary and animal sciences programs. Undergrads also like to highlight the fantastic communications department. When it comes to professors, WSU students think theirs are top-notch. Indeed, many find their teachers to be “passionate about their material and eager to pass on their knowledge to students.” Moreover, they “treat students respectfully, avoid condescension, and create an environment where students are able to learn not just ‘what’ but ’how.’” Another aspect undergrads appreciate is that their professors really “try [and] make you think outside the box.” Perhaps most important, they are “incredibly friendly and accessible.” As one relieved student shares, “There was never a point when I felt I could not go to a professor for additional help.” A fellow undergrad succinctly states, “WSU is a place where you can live, laugh, and learn alongside some the best faculty and students in the world.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.7:1
Total Faculty
1,735
with Terminal Degree
1,324

991
Men
744
Women
218
Minority
42
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

Accounting
Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Journalism
Agricultural Mechanization
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Agriculture
Agronomy and Crop Science
American Studies
Animal Science
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Architecture
Athletic Training
Biochemistry
Biomedical Engineering
Biotechnology
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration/Management
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
Economics
Education
Education Administration
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
English
Entomology
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Ethnic Studies
Finance
Food Science
Forestry
French
Genetics
Geology
German
Health Administration
History
Horticulture
Hospitality
Human Development
Human Resources Management
Industrial Management
Interior Design
International Business
International Studies
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Linguistics
Management Information Systems
Managerial Economics
Marketing
Mass Communication
Materials Science
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Music
Music Education
Natural Resources Conservation
Neuroscience
Nursing
Nutrition
Operations Management
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Plant Pathology
Political Science
Pre-Medicine
Psychology
Public Policy Analysis
Real Estate
Religious Studies
Russian
Sociology
Soil Science
Spanish
Special Education
Sport and Leisure Studies
Sports Management
Statistics
Sustainable Resource Management
Teaching English as a Second Language
Theatre
Urban Planning
Wildlife Management
Women's Studies
Zoology

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Sherman Alexie
Award-winning poet, author, screenwriter, director

Paul Allen
Microsoft cofounder, investor, philanthropist

Mary E. Turner DeGarmo
Pioneer with Braille music transcription

Keith Jackson
Long-time ABC-TV sports commentator

Philip Abelson
Father of the atomic submarine

Edward R. Murrow
Top broadcasting journalist

Neva Abelson
Co-developer of the Rh blood test

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Washington state residents attending WSU will have a tuition bill of $10,874. Undergrads enrolling from out-of-state will have to pay $23,966. Moreover, on-campus room and board usually costs students $10,524. All undergrads, regardless of residence, must pay another $1,426 in required fees. Thankfully, tuition fees do not vary depending upon a student’s year of study.

Bang For Your Buck

Undergrads here are certainly grateful that WSU allows them to receive a fabulous education with an affordable price tag. One neuroscience major agrees sharing, “This is the best university in the state that could prepare me for my professional future, and with the same quality (but less expensive) as high-profile schools.” Thankfully, even with a reasonable price, scholarship opportunities are plentiful. For example, the Regents Scholars Program provides eligible students with $4,000 awards for four years. Additionally, the University Achievement Award rewards incoming with strong academic records. Those fortunate enough to receive this scholarship will be given between $2,000 and $4,000 to help cover expenses. Overall, 68 percent of WSU undergraduates receive some form of need-based aid.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,354

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,916

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,367

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,952

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,354

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,874
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$23,966
Required Fees
$1,426
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

When asked to describe their peers, undoubtedly the first word that comes to mind for most WSU students is “friendly.” Indeed, these “easygoing” undergrads strive to cultivate a campus where “everyone is welcome.” Perhaps it’s easy to do that given that “there’s no ‘typical’ student” here. One undergrad expounds, “The thing about WSU is that there is a niche for everyone—seriously. I was [pleasantly] surprised by how many international students [are here.] [What’s more,] there are people from all different sexual orientations, backgrounds, and ethnicities.” A fellow student continues, “You are bound to find groups of people that you fit in with, whether its long boarding, going to church, academic clubs, charity groups, Greek community, and the list goes on. WSU facilitates a greatly diverse community and provides excellent support to anyone who seeks it.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,070
Out of State
8%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
96

Demographics

5.53%
Asian
3.46%
African-American
11.09%
Hispanic
69.46%
Caucasian
2.22%
Unknown
4.56%
International

51% female
49% male
8% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at Washington State moves at a frenzied pace. Indeed, “every weekend there is a free movie at our Student Union building. On campus there [are] always advertisements for fun events put on by various clubs. The Student Entertainment Board brings in comedians and musicians for low costs. There are also often educational and interesting lectures by accomplished professors or outside people. Many residence halls have board games for the residents to use as well as at least one TV lounge and often a pool table.” Moreover, Cougar spirit is alive and well in this student body, and many undergrads love to go out and root for various WSU sports teams. “Football Saturdays are a campus wide event. There is nothing quite like freezing your butt off watching your team, good or not. There are also Beasley Coliseum to watch basketball and Bohler Gym to watch volleyball.” Certainly, it’s an active campus in general. As one undergrad shares, “The Student Recreation Center or rec is superb and many people can be seen there on a daily basis not only to work out but also to attend fitness classes.” In addition, “there are [plenty of] intramural and club sports…that students can be a part of.” Further, “when the weather is nice, outdoor activities are really popular: Eco-Adventure trips with the Outdoor Recreation Center…the Pullman-Moscow bike trail, a trip to the dunes or the cliffs, or just lying in the grass outside Thompson Hall!”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
82
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Susan Schaeffer, Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-R or WISC-R (within 3 years)

Documentation Requred for ADHD
WAIS-R or WISC-R

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
315
Number of Honor Societies
34

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
16

17% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

49% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Cougars)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.thecenter.wsu.edu

Minority Support Groups: www.mss.wsu.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Idaho
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Washington State University makes sustainability a top priority in its capital projects, transportation services, education and outreach programs, and scholarly research. The university optimizes new construction on campus for energy efficiency and waste reduction. It employs the LEED green building program for new capital projects, and multiple newly constructed buildings have achieved LEED certification. Recent investments in the existing campus infrastructure include $8.8 million in energy-efficient lighting retrofits, replacement of inefficient electric chillers, adoption of a water- and energy-efficient composting system, and adjustment of HVAC systems for optimal performance. Numerous campus programs have been created to make sustainable modes of transportation readily accessible. The Commute Trip Reduction program gives students incentives to purchase public transit passes. Students, faculty, and staff can ride city buses free, borrow bikes free, and coordinate carpools online. WSU’s educational and community outreach programs promote sustainability as well. The annual Imagine Tomorrow competition engages 9th through 12th graders from four states in addressing energy issues. The student-led Move Out-Pitch In program distributes items that departing students leave behind to local nonprofit groups. The quest for sustainability lies at the heart of many WSU research initiatives: improving performance of the nation’s electric power grid, transforming agricultural systems to mitigate global climate change, and building a sustainable industry for producing aviation biofuel, to name a few. The Federal Aviation Administration recently selected WSU and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to co-lead the new Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and the Environment, which aims to foster a new industry focused on developing alternative jet fuels.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
18%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
60

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
250

Average Number of PC's per Lab
9

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Gateway, Dell, Apple, IBM

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Wendy Peterson
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067

Phone
509-335-5586

Email
admissions@wsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Compton Union Building (CUB)
Terrell Friendship Mall
Student Recreation Center
Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum
Martin Stadium
The newly renovated CUB stands at the heart of student leadership, engagement, and culture on campus. It is home to offices for student government and many student services. The building houses a selection of food vendors, the campus bookstore, banks, and a post office. Both wired and wireless Internet services serve students and faculty. Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and a surround-sound auditorium host a variety of events. A passage through the CUB gives students 24-hour access to the library. The whole student body comes together on Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall. Located at the heart of campus, the Mall is where culture, ideas, and lively dialogue are exchanged daily. It is the site of many outdoor events, including frequent live performances by student musicians. Students gather here as they walk to and from the library, the Compton Union Building (student union), and academic buildings, often staking out favorite spots to talk, relax, study, or catch a bite to eat. The 160,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center features the largest student weight and cardio center in the country, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor soccer, a four-lane indoor track, racquetball and squash courts, roller hockey, badminton, and much more. Swimmers enjoy the five-lane lap pool, leisure pool, and 53-person spa. Big crowds pack Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum for Pac-10 Cougar men's and women's basketball games and for big name entertainment for Dad's and Mom's Weekends. WSU students turn out for entertainment as varied as pop music concerts ballet, and wresting. Located in the center of campus, Martin Stadium is home to the Pac-10 Cougars. Recent stadium renovations include a north-side concourse, additional concession and restroom areas, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. Still to come are the addition of more seats and premium seating, slated for completion by fall of 2012.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Kamiak Butte County Park
Village Centre Theatres
Bill Chipman Palouse Trail
The Palouse Mall
National Lentil Festival in Reaney Park
State Parks: Chief Timothy, Steptoe Butte, Hells Gate, Palouse Falls

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday & posted Saturday schedule
M-F 7am-5pm; occasionally Sat. 9am-noon
509-335-5586

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00am or 1:00pm, and by appt.
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.wsucougars.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
http://futurestudents.wsu.edu/visits/welcome.aspx

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus and taxi transportation is available throughout town and campus. The Pullman-Moscow airport is just two miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Visit http://about.wsu.edu/about/travel.aspx for maps and driving directions from your unique starting point. From Seattle: Travel east on Interstate-90 over Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage. Cross the bridge over the Columbia River and take exit #137 to Highway 26. Take Highway 26 approx. 130 miles to Colfax. At Colfax, turn right onto Main St. (Highway 195). Continue on Highway 195 to Pullman. Turn left at signs to Pullman, and then right on Davis Way (Highway 270). Follow Davis Way until it intersects with N. Grand Ave. in downtown Pullman. From Spokane take Interstate 90 to Colfax/Pullman exit (#279) to highway 195. Take 195 south through Colfax to Pullman. Turn left at the Pullman exit then right onto highway 270 (Davis Way). Follow 270 to N. Grand Avenue in downtown Pullman.

Local Accommodations
Within a 10 mile radius: Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn Paradise Creek, Hilltop Inn, Manor Lodge, Nendels, Cougar Land Motel, American Travel Inn Moscow: Best Western University Inn, LaQuinta, Super 8 Motel, Royal Motor Inn, Palouse Inn
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Key Stats

14,887
Applicants
23,070
Size
82%
Acceptance Rate
1030
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists