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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
8 National Academy members

Research and Development Expenditures

(National Science Foundation)

$334.1 MILLION

TOTAL EXPENDITURES, FY 2016

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-instructional 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
28 on-campus residence halls and apartment complexes
53 national fraternity and sorority chapters

Students committed to positive change

87,204 hours of civic engagement (2015–16)
9,636 WSU student participants (2015–16)

LGBT-friendly

Among the top 18 universities nationally for policies supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students (Campus Pride Index, 2017)

Huge choice of activities—and great friends

350+ 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

$380 MILLION

IN FINANCIAL AID and SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (2016)

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A diverse community

Students are young men and women*

Average undergraduate age23
Average graduate student age31
Men48%
Women52%

* All campuses

A large share are multicultural

Pullman30%
Spokane22%
Tri-Cities34%
Vancouver25%
Everett36%
Online (Global Campus) 25%

They come from Washington and beyond

In-state80%
Out-of-state13%
International 7%

Domestic students in Pullman come from 48 states

International students come from many different countries

Pullman98 countries
Spokane16 countries
Tri-Cities20 countries
Vancouver15 countries
Everett4 countries
Online (Global Campus)19 countries

Pullman enjoys a large international student population: 1,944

 

 

Serving citizens statewide and worldwide

Students enroll at locations across Washington and online*

Pullman20,193 students
Spokane1,493
Tri-Cities1,868
Vancouver3,426
Everett189
Online (Global Campus)2,973
Total enrollment 30,142*

*2017 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])

28 million+ items accessible through a library consortium

Nearly 2.4 million print volumes
677,000 e-books
90,000 online journal titles
58,000 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

85¢ 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

214,361

WSU ALUMNI WORLDWIDE (2016)
An alumni association that’s 30,000 members strong

$117.6 MILLION

IN PRIVATE SUPPORT (FY 2016)
A loyal Cougar community

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