Washington State University campus

Overview

Applicants
23,223
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 585
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
1,886
with Terminal Degree
1,443

1,054
Men
832
Women
238
Minority
82
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural and Food Products Processing
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Communication/Journalism
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agricultural Production Operations, General
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Crop Production
  • Horticultural Science
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
  • Plant Nursery Operations and Management
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Range Science and Management
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management
  • Viticulture and Enology

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Entomology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Genetics, General
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Technical Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Industrial Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition
  • Work and Family Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General (Cert., MS, PhD)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Forestry, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Police Science

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General


Students Say

Located in the city of Pullman and home to around 20,000 undergrads, Washington State University is known for its friendly, spirited environment and its motivated student body. The WSU school spirit is evident across the campus "with a wave of a flag or a loud ‘Go Cougs!'" "There is no other place that has ever made me feel so invited and generally concerned about my well-being both as a student and as a member of the Coug family," says a student. Faculty members are constantly doing "world changing research projects" and "love getting students involved"; instructors will often bring in "great information they have found while researching something applicable to your learning." This makes classes both "challenging and rewarding, offering many additional opportunities throughout the course." "I've never [come] across a WSU professor who was not extremely knowledgeable and prepared," says a student. Faculty members urge students to ask questions, which lead to "awesome discussions" that take classes "from a one-sided lecture to discussions that have deepened my understanding of material." The school also offers a university-wide Freshman Focus residential learning community program that allows students to take a general education class with other students who live near them in residence halls. There is a top-notch Junior Writing Portfolio program in place to determine if students' writing abilities are up to par, "numerous study-abroad opportunities," and classes that provide "a chance to be innovative while still teaching you the experiences to be a good candidate in prospective fields." This opens the door for students to receive hands-on experiences by "creating connections to job opportunities, life-experiences, and internships." Academic benefits aside, in the end, Wazzu pride trumps all: "Win or lose, we're die hard Cougs."

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 31
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,772

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,659

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,433

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,068

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,140

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,324
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$23,956
Required Fees
$1,815
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$960

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,249
Transportation for Commuters
$1,434

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,356
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
24,904
Foreign Countries Represented
76

Demographics

5.88%
Asian
3.32%
African-American
14.34%
Hispanic
61.26%
Caucasian
2.15%
Unknown
4.64%
International

52% female
48% male
11% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Students Say

Most WSU students are "friendly, and an active member of the community." A lot of WSU students have jobs and are heavily involved in extracurriculars, and "students typically fit in with others in their department." "There is a sort of bond between classmates that can lead to friendships and study partners in other classes," says a student. Most everyone here is "wearing Cougar gear at least three days a week" and "spends some time working out, studying, or hanging out with friends."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

WSU's location in southeast Washington "makes for a gorgeous campus" and there is a real "college town atmosphere" in Pullman. There are "so many great restaurants" that students frequent. Skiing, hiking, camping, and boating are nearby. Greek life is popular, and students "love giving back to the community": "In Pullman, we don't have hello or goodbye—we have GO COUGS." The campus is "safe to the greatest extent," but the school "provides free rides to those who do not feel safe." The student recreation center is known for its undeniable awesomeness: "We have a pool shaped like the state of Washington and a hot tub that can hold fifty people." The university does an excellent job of providing events, activities and performances to attend, ranging "from movies to restaurants to bowling." Football games are a must for this crimson and grey sporting group, and good old Netflix watching and socializing in the dorms is always in season.

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
350
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
24

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

16% 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.

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
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
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, 2016.

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
90

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 recently 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, CougTech, and 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-12 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-12 WSU Cougars. Recent stadium renovations include a north-side concourse, additional concession and restroom areas, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The addition of club seats and premium seating took place in the fall of 2012. The 75,000 square-foot football operations building was completed in 2014, featuring locker, training, and weight rooms, coaches offices, and meeting and recruiting rooms. Also featured is the WSU Football heritage area, which is open to the public.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Sunnyside Park
Village Centre Cinemas
Bill Chipman Palouse Trail
The Palouse Mall
Zeppoz Bowling Alley/Diner/Casino
State Parks: Chief Timothy, Kamiak Butte, Steptoe Butte, Hells Gate (Snake River), and 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
steve.selk@wsu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

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

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

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