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Washington State University Community & schools

An ideal place for home and family

Outstanding schools

Pullman schools earn top marks for academic excellence.

US News & World Report ranks Pullman High School among the top 16 best high schools in the state. The school is packed with high achievers. A whopping 46 percent of Pullman High students—nearly half—participate in Advanced Placement® coursework and exams.

The Pullman School district as a whole rates in the highest category (“above average”) according to Ratings are driven by students’ stellar performance on standardized tests.


“To me, Pullman is the perfect college town. It is both clean and safe and embraces the presence of the thousands of students that call it home. No destination within the city limits is more than a ten-minute drive. Wonderful schools, great recreation, big time concerts, lectures, and athletic events are all part of the unique community.”

Bill Moos

Director of Athletics


Preschool and day care

WSU Children’s Center

  • Quality child care and early education
  • Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

WSU Child Care Resource and Referral

  • Referrals to licensed child care providers
  • Information on evaluating child care and parenting issues

Summer camps for kids

Cougar Quest

Academic summer camp, grades 7 to 12

Cougar Kids Camp

Fun summer activities for children entering grades 1 to 7

Summer Keyboard Explorations

Piano and organ studies for middle school and high school students

Washington State Cougars Athletic Camps

Help kids build their skills in various sports

A welcoming community

Friendly people

Expect an extra helping of small-town kindness. “Friendly beyond belief,” commented a reviewer on

Students interviewed by MSN describe locals as “accepting,” “friendly” and “a big, huge family.” It’s not surprising that MSN ranked Pullman one of America’s top 10 college towns (2012).

A medley of cultures

You’ll hear many languages spoken in Pullman. Over a quarter of WSU undergraduates identify themselves as multicultural. Nearly 10 percent are from countries other than the United States.

In-town or countryside living

You could live minutes from downtown or on wide open acres. Pullman offers beautiful places to call home.

Low crime rate

Relax! The crime rate in Pullman is a small fraction of state and national averages. named Pullman among the four safest cities in Washington.

“Pullman offers a lot to families looking for a safe, wholesome community to call home.”

Places to play

There’s no shortage of family-friendly recreational activities in Pullman and nearby.

Gay, lesbian-, bisexual, and transgender-friendly

The Pullman community flies the rainbow flag of welcome. The Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center offers many resources for students and staff.

Easy drive to major cities

Eager to travel? It’s less than a day’s drive to any major city in the Pacific Northwest.

Highly educated neighbors

The number of advanced degrees per capita in Pullman well exceeds national averages.
Sources: (1) (2) National Center for Education Statistics (2014)