Programs that foster undergraduate success
Writing skills are essential to success in the professional world. WSU’s nationally acclaimed Writing Program supports, tutors, and assesses writing to help students communicate effectively. Before beginning the junior year, all students must assemble a Writing Portfolio. Required for graduation, the portfolio is used to evaluate students’ readiness to write at the requisite level for upper-division courses in their major.
Common Reading Program
Each year the University chooses a single book to be read by all freshmen. Professors, residence hall staff, librarians, and others explore topics raised in the book. They link topics to course content and special extracurricular programming. Professors also share information from their research that relates to the book’s themes. Students learn the value of research, the power of ideas, and ways in which different disciplines approach similar problems.
Summer research opportunities
Dedicate your summer to conducting research alongside award-winning professors. Investigations span a wide range of fields, among them engineering, plant sciences, health sciences, and environmental sciences. The summer concludes with a symposium showcasing your work. Summer research programs are hosted by WSU faculty and funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and faculty grants.
The Honors College prepares top students in all majors for influential careers. The curriculum lets students choose among dozens of specialized classes in place of required general education courses. Class sizes are typically capped at 25 students. A thesis project allows students to conduct mentored research, exploring an academic question of importance to them. The College attracts top students from across the United States and around the world. Honors alumni have distinguished records of leadership.
Accelerated tracks to advanced degrees
Through the Honors College Vet Med Program, you could earn a DVM degree from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in just 7 years—instead of the usual 8.
If you’re a top student in the biosciences, you could earn a doctorate within 7 years after leaving high school through the STARS (Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies) program.
If you’re an incoming freshman in the Honors College, you could begin nursing courses in your junior year through the Nursing Direct-Admit Program.
Dream of launching your own enterprise? WSU offers springboards for aspiring entrepreneurs:
Join students from a variety of disciplines to develop a business from your technology ideas.
Learn the hands-on skills and teamwork necessary to create a prototype, develop a business plan, and ultimately launch a commercially viable product and business.
This annual event challenges you to launch a new venture. You receive expert advice in navigating the entrepreneurial process as you compete for scholarship money.
More about undergraduate academics
The Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement supports academic engagement and achievement.