WSU at a glance

Top-tier research university

More than a century of excellence
Founded in 1890 as Washington’s original land-grant university
11 colleges that foster scholarly achievement
Graduate and professional programs that attract top minds from 79 countries
10 National Academy members

Research and Development Expenditures

(National Science Foundation)

Vast selection of academic programs

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WSU students in front of the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Extraordinary student experience

Accessible faculty

Low student-to-faculty ratio:
Approximately 15 to 1

Small undergraduate classes:
80% have fewer than 50 students

Fun and academically supportive on-campus living

90% of new freshmen live on campus
33% of undergraduates live on campus
27 on-campus residence halls and apartment complexes
60+ national fraternity and sorority chapters

Students committed to positive change

9,725 WSU student volunteers (2014–15)
78,000 hours of community service provided (2014–15)

LGBT-friendly

Among the top 36 universities nationally for policies supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students (Campus Pride Index, 2015)

Huge choice of activities—and great friends

300+ registered student organizations with 9,000+ members
4 student centers that build appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity
6,000+ intramural sports players
9 Pac-12 Conference intercollegiate sports for women, 6 for men

$260 MILLION

IN FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (2015)

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A diverse community

Students are young men and women*

Average undergraduate age23
Average graduate student age32
Men48%
Women52%

* All campuses

A large share are multicultural

Pullman29%
Spokane20%
Tri-Cities36%
Vancouver23%
Everett27%
Online (Global Campus) 25%

They come from Washington and beyond

In-state81%
Out-of-state12%
International 7%

Domestic students in Pullman come from 48 states

International students come from many different countries

Pullman92 countries
Spokane18 countries
Tri-Cities13 countries
Vancouver15 countries
Online (Global Campus)49 countries

Pullman enjoys a large international student population: 1,751

 

 

Serving citizens statewide and worldwide

Students enroll at locations across Washington and online*

Pullman20,043 students
Spokane1,482
Tri-Cities1,593
Vancouver3,275
Everett150
Online (Global Campus)3,143
Total enrollment 29,686*

*Headcount enrollment reporting is based on the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) definition, which excludes students enrolled exclusively in Education Abroad (E_A 300 class), Cooperative Agreement, and for audit only

WSU reaches out to communities statewide

39 WSU Extension offices, at least one in every county, provide educational opportunities throughout the state, seek solutions to local issues, and improve quality of life.

4 research and extension centers work to sustain crop health and Washington growers’ productivity.

An energy program provides information and expert services to advance energy efficiency for organizations and consumers.

24 Small Business Development Centers statewide help small businesses grow and succeed. Certified business advisors provide expert guidance, training, and market intelligence.

WSU drives economic growth

$3.4 billion impact on the state’s economy

From activities that included university programs, construction and equipment, and spending on athletic events (2014 fiscal year, Washington State University Economic Reach and Impact [pdf])

Top 16 nationally, economic engagement

One of the first institutions to be designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities for efforts to support economic development (2013)

28 million+ items accessible through a library consortium

2.3 million print volumes
625,000 e-books
95,000 online journal titles
50,000 media items

1.3 million visits made annually to the WSU Pullman libraries—including Holland and Terrell Libraries, Owen Science and Engineering Library, and the Animal Health Library

78¢ of every dollar spent goes toward online databases, digital content collections, or e-books, ensuring easy access anytime, anywhere

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Terrell Library Dome

Unstoppable school spirit

201,591

WSU ALUMNI WORLDWIDE (2014)
One of the fastest growing alumni associations in the nation

$165.9 MILLION

IN PRIVATE SUPPORT (FY 2015)
A loyal Cougar community

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Get more facts—in print

Grab your copy of the latest WSU Facts & Figures brochure (pdf)—or pick one up at the visitor center the next time you’re in Pullman.