Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

#316 National Colleges

75.8% Admission Rate
Least Selective

25,653 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential
Washington State University (Washington State, WSU, or Wazzu) is a public land-grant research university with its flagship, and oldest, campus in Pullman, Washington. Founded in 1890, WSU is also one of the oldest land-grant universities in the American West. With an undergraduate enrollment of 24,278 and a total enrollment of 28,581, it is the second largest institution for higher education in Washington state behind the University of Washington. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".The WSU Pullman campus stands on a hill and is characterized by open spaces and a red brick and basalt material palette—materials originally found on site. The university sits within the rolling topography of the Palouse in rural eastern Washington and remains closely connected to the town and the region. The university also operates campuses across Washington at WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver, all founded in 1989. In 2012, WSU launched an Internet-based Global Campus, which includes its online degree program, WSU Online. In 2015, WSU expanded to a sixth campus at WSU Everett. These campuses award primarily bachelor's and master's degrees. Freshmen and sophomores were first admitted to the Vancouver campus in 2006 and to the Tri-Cities campus in 2007.

WSU's athletic teams are called the Cougars and the school colors are crimson and gray. Six men's and nine women's varsity teams compete in NCAA Division I in the Pac-12 Conference. Both men's and women's indoor track teams compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

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Pullman, Washington

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Town: Distant (in urban cluster more than 10 miles and up to 35 miles from an urbanized area)

Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 19.2%
Engineering 11.0%
Social Sciences 9.8%
Psychology 7.4%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 6.8%
Health Professions And Related Programs 6.8%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 6.3%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 5.9%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 3.2%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 3.1%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 3.1%
Education 2.8%
Physical Sciences 2.7%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2.7%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 2.0%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.5%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.2%
History 1.0%
Visual And Performing Arts 0.9%
Architecture And Related Services 0.8%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.7%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.5%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 0.3%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.3%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.2%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.1%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1131 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 610 560 510
Verbal 620 565 510

ACT Scores

23 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 26 22 18
English 25 22 19