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Discover a welcoming and supportive learning community. More than 125 years of tradition and can-do Cougar spirit. More than 200 undergraduate fields of study, many ranked among the best in America. Seventeen Pac-12 athletic teams, more than 75 intramural sports programs, 300+ student clubs, and 17 undergraduate residence halls. Join the Washington State University family—and the network of nearly 200,000 Cougar alumni who are leaders in their careers and communities—to prepare for your future success.

Prepare for your future success
Choose from more than 200 fields of study at WSU—many of which have been honored nationally or internationally for excellence. Programs in communication, organic agriculture, veterinary medicine, and business are just a few top-rated examples.

Hands-on research. Our students are encouraged to get involved in academic research and scholarship activities, regardless of major. That might mean testing an idea or conducting a laboratory experiment.

Study abroad. Many WSU students travel abroad to study, conduct research, and participate in faculty-led trips. We provide hundreds of opportunities that span the globe, ranging from Australia to France, from China to Costa Rica. It’s part of our commitment to developing the global perspective you need to succeed in our increasingly connected world.

Honors College. Our Honors College offers an enriched liberal arts curriculum with an international focus. You can major in any field, complete the honors curriculum, and still graduate in four years.

Open doors with a WSU degree
In the 125 years since WSU’s founding, about a quarter-million students have achieved future success by earning a degree here. They’ve followed a variety of career paths to become successful doctors, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and more—as well as leaders in their communities.
Top writing program. In 2015—for the 12th time—U.S. News & World Report singled out the University’s writing program as one of the top 20 in the nation. The program helps students in all majors develop their writing skills.

Top journalism program. In 2014 NewsPro Magazine and the Radio Television News Association ranked the University’s journalism program in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication among the top 20 nationally.

Great place to hire grads. Companies from all over the world hire WSU graduates. The top employers of Cougs include Enterprise Holdings, Hilton Hotels Worldwide, The Boeing Company, Deloitte, Insight Global, Energy NW, Marriott, First Investors, Keybank, and Leffel, Otis & Warwick.

Top educator of state’s nurses. About 31% of Washington’s undergraduate nursing students graduate from WSU.

Create lifelong friendships
Regardless of your hometown, background, and interests, you’ll feel welcome here. We offer a diverse, supportive learning community that will deepen your awareness of the world and help you build long-lasting friendships.

Connect with peers. First-Year Focus is a University-wide residential community-learning program for new students. The program connects students to our community and its resources and jump-starts their opportunities to interact with peers.

Serve the community. Students from all majors volunteer more than 75,000 hours of community service annually. You may meet your future best friend while helping out at a local food bank, assisting community recycling efforts, or tutoring area schoolchildren.

Explore your interests. Another prime way to make new friends—while simultaneously pursuing your special interests—is to join one or more of the 300+ student clubs on campus. You’ll find a club for almost every interest.

Catch the Cougar Spirit
Once students join the WSU community, it’s not long before they discover Cougar Spirit and learn how it defines our community. Equal parts intellect and emotion, Cougar Spirit is personified by a confident can-do attitude and an enthusiastic willingness to join other Cougars to solve a challenge or help out a friend.

The alumni connection. Cougar alumni are fiercely loyal to their alma mater. One way they demonstrate that commitment is by opening career doors to fellow Cougs. The WSU Alumni Association regularly schedules social activities regionally, nationally, and internationally to keep Cougar Spirit strong.
Pac-12 sports. Pac-12 athletic competition brings world-class athletes to campus throughout the year to compete in sports ranging from football to women’s soccer. Join the thousands of crimson-clad fans who transform each home football game into a daylong celebration of Cougar Pride!

Living on campus: enjoy the dynamic vibe
The Pullman campus is home to 17 residence halls featuring a variety of amenities, building features, and areas of focus. Whether you’re looking for a hall that groups students by academic field, gender, or even interest in leadership development, we’ve got you covered.

You can walk to the center of campus in 10 minutes or less from all of the halls. No matter where you live, it’s easy to attend a noontime music performance on the mall; sample the newest flavor of ice cream at Ferdinand’s, our on-campus creamery; meet friends for exciting football action at Martin Stadium; or join in the hundreds of other activities that make this a dynamic place.

Sustainable living. Three newly built residence halls and recent remodels of existing halls were completed to minimize environmental impact and meet sustainability goals. The projects incorporate recycled building materials, use less water, rely on natural light to conserve energy, and are constructed from regionally sourced materials whenever possible.

Greek life. An active Greek community has been an important tradition here for more than 100 years. About 20% of the student body participates in more than 50 chapters of national sororities and fraternities. Our Greeks engage in more community service hours per academic year than any other campus organization.

Enticing eats. Three campus dining centers offer a wide selection of entrées and extras throughout the day and into the night. Menu choices range from pizza to a variety of international cuisine and vegetarian items. We feature locally grown ingredients purchased from regional farmers who incorporate sustainable agriculture practices.

Campus living room. Most students spend some time at the Compton Union Building several days a week. Here they take advantage of a variety of student services in one convenient campus location, including a food court, bookstore, coffeehouses, gaming stations, banks, post office, copy center, phone-charging stations, and plenty of comfortable seating.

Park that car. The University encourages students to use sustainable forms of transportation. Among those available: Pullman Transit (free for students), WSU’s green bike system, and Zimride, a convenient way to share a ride to an out-of-town destination.

Pullman: a classic college town
Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture nestled among the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse, a geographic area covering some 10,000 square miles in southeastern Washington and north central Idaho.

Pullman is located eight miles west of the Idaho border and 75 miles south of Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city. The community is located close to world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, including bicycling, hiking, skiing (water and snow), camping, golfing, and boating. Demographics Daily designated Pullman a “dream town,” recognizing its exceptionally high quality of life.

A lively campus and community. Big enough to host stars like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Florida Georgia Line, and Gabriel Iglesias. Small enough to walk from campus to downtown with friends to enjoy a latte or sample the newest pizzeria.

That’s Pullman in a nutshell: a classic college town offering year-round tastes of big-city flavors. Our students regularly enjoy thought-provoking national speakers, a lively local and campus arts scene, farmers markets, Pac-12 sports, and much more.

Music, theater, film, and dance. From instrumental and vocal performances presented by WSU’s School of Music to a vibrant community theater scene, entertainment choices abound. Among the don’t-miss opportunities: Popular performers like Snoop Dogg, Scotty McCreery, and Kelly Clarkson. Free movies in the Student Union every weekend. Live musical performances at downtown establishments. Concerts presented by the Washington Idaho Symphony.

Community events. One of Pullman’s biggest annual events is the National Lentil Festival, held in August just before fall semester kicks off. The festival, which celebrates the healthy legume grown throughout the Palouse, features a parade, musical performances, and a street fair. Other events taking center stage during the year include Homecoming Week and Dad’s Weekend in the fall and Mom’s Weekend in the spring.

Intramurals and the rec center. Participating in intramural sports is an essential part of the Coug experience. Each year more than 6,000 individuals participate in 75+ intramural activities, including team sports like co-ed basketball and flag football and individual activities like indoor triathlons, tennis, and golf.

Our Student Recreation Center beckons the campus community day and night. Students take advantage of more than 200 pieces of cardio and weight equipment; seven courts for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a 31-foot-high climbing wall; a five-lane lap pool; an elevated four-lane running/walking track; and much more.

Outdoors. You’re more likely to need sunscreen than an umbrella when you head for an outdoor adventure. With 172 sunny days and only about 21 inches of rain a year, the Palouse provides comfortable weather conditions most of the year for activities ranging from hiking and bicycling to rafting and disc golf. And when it snows—the area averages about 28 inches of white stuff annually—there are ample opportunities for snowboarding, skiing, and building snowmen.

Financial aid and scholarships
We offer about $317 million each year to students in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Aid is offered based on financial need, academic achievements, and available funds. We even have special awards programs earmarked for in-state and out-of-state students.

Transfer students
We welcome students transferring from other colleges to WSU, and we pull out all the stops to ensure a smooth transition, offering special academic advising and other student services as well as transfer orientation sessions.

About 1,100 transfer students from across the country enroll here each fall. The average student is 22 and has completed 55 semester credits. Among transfer students’ popular academic interests: engineering, business, and communication.

Transfer students interested in attending WSU should review our Transfer Credit Equivalency website (transfercredit.wsu.edu) to understand how classes will transfer from their current institution and to identify the courses required to complete a major.

Visit us
We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about academics, campus life, and other aspects of the WSU experience. Once you do, we hope you’ll visit WSU in person to see this amazing university for yourself.


By the numbers
(Fall 2015 data, Pullman campus)

20,043 total enrollment

200+ undergraduate fields of study

90 number of countries represented

50 number of states represented

48 percentage of women enrolled

36 percentage of new freshmen who are multicultural

15:1 student-faculty ratio

3.31 average high school gpa of new freshmen

Cougar pride points
Top 50
Best public colleges in the U.S.
— Money.com 2015

One of the greenest colleges in the U.S.
— The Princeton Review 2014

One of the top 10 safest college towns in America
— SafeWise.com 2015

#20 national ranking of international business program
U.S. News & World Report 2015

Top 20 university-wide writing program nationally
U.S. News & World Report 2015

A dynamic student experience
• 300+ student clubs
• 75+ intramural activities
• 50 fraternities and sororities
• 17 residence halls
• Study abroad programs in more than 80 countries
• Hundreds of internships and research opportunities