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Washington State University in Pullman, WA

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About Washington State University in Pullman

Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, WA, was founded in 1890 as a land-grant university. In 1892, the school accepted its first incoming students and was officially known as the Washington Agricultural College and School of Science. The school is situated in a hilly area about 80 miles south of Spokane and 300 miles east of Seattle. It enrolls the greatest number of WSU students compared with other campuses - Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver.

Among notable faculty members are professors who attained the honors of being selected as Fulbright Scholars and recipients of the National Science Foundation Career Award. Several faculty members have also achieved recognition and membership within the National Academies for their scientific research.


WSU has 11 colleges (including business, communication, education, honors, nursing, pharmacy and veterinary medicine) in addition to the graduate school. WSU students can choose from over 200 fields of study that include 95 undergraduate majors, 66 graduate degree programs, 47 doctoral programs and three professional degree programs. Distance education students can get a degree online, selecting from eight undergraduate programs and six graduate programs.

Students can participate in more than 330 organizations and clubs on the WSU campus. WSU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a school that is engaged in a high level of research activity.


Students wishing to enroll for the fall semester must complete and submit an application that includes their high school transcript, an optional personal statement and either ACT or SAT test scores postmarked by January 31. The deadline date to apply for spring semester entrance is November 15 of the year before.

Prospective students must meet the required core academic standards set by the state of Washington. Required prerequisite high school courses include four credits of English, three credits of mathematics, two credits of science, two credits of world language, three credits of social science and one credit in the arts.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for full-time, undergraduate resident students residing on the Pullman campus and carrying 10-18 credits is $11,386 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Non-resident undergraduate students pay $24,468 for tuition. Mandatory fees are $914; books and supplies are estimated to cost $936. On-campus housing is estimated to cost $6,626, and board is expected to cost $3,898. Freshmen who are single and under age 20 are required to live on-campus for their first year; married students and those with families may live in on-campus apartments. Co-ed and single-sex housing is also available.

Tuition for full-time, resident graduate students enrolled in 10-18 credits is $11,736 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Non-resident graduate students are charged $25,168 for tuition during the same period. Mandatory fees are $864. Students can expect to spend $1,104 for books and supplies for the 2012-2013 academic year. On-campus students should budget $6,660 for housing and $4,230 for board.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificate, bachelor's, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's, post-master's certificate, doctoral (professional and research)**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Distant town**
Student Body 22,763 undergraduate students and 4,566 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing 21 residence halls*
Schools and Programs 11 colleges and the graduate school; 95 undergraduate programs, 66 graduate programs, 47 doctoral programs, 3 professional degree programs, distance education program*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Social Sciences, General (544)
Master's: General Education (172)
Doctoral: Veterinary Medicine (102)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 40% in four years
69% in six years
71% in eight years
(Students who began in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 84% admitted in Fall 2011**
Entering Class Size 4,176 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 84% (full-time students)
59% (part-time students)
Average SAT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 470-580 in critical reading, 480-600 in math and 460-560 in writing in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 31 for fall enrollment*
Tuition 2012-2013: $11,386 for full-time (12 credits) undergraduate residents; $24,468 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011 for full-time beginning undergraduates: Federal grants (26%), state and local government grants/scholarships (18%), institutional grants/scholarships (58%), federal student loans (47%), other student loans (3%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Washington State University in Pullman, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 370 Lighty Student Services Bldg., Washington State University, P.O. Box 641067, Pullman, WA 99164-1067
  • Phone: (888) 468-6978
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