Pullman, Washington, 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 northcentral 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.


Type of School: One of the nation’s top public research institutions; founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university, with a mission of improving quality of life.

Size of Campus: Pullman: 620 acres at core, 1,742 total acres

Number of Students: Total Pullman campus enrollment (fall 2016 data) = 20,193

Number of Faculty: Student-faculty ratio: approximately 15:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Academic programs:  More than 200 fields of study
90 majors for undergraduates
76 master’s degree programs
64 doctoral degree programs
3 professional degree programs

Geographic Diversity:
In state: 81%
Out of state: 12%
International: 7%
States represented: 50
Countries represented: 100+

International Student Services: WSU Intensive American Language Program (IALC), Office of International Programs, International Student Association, International Student Center, International Orientation

International Student Budget:
Estimated Fees (Fall/Spring 2017–2018):
Tuition    $    25,251
Medical Insurance    $    1,082
Mandatory Fees    $    1,205
Books and Supplies    $    989
Room    $    7,064
Board (meal plan)    $    4,633
Miscellaneous/Transportation Fees    $    3,646
Total    $    43,870

Financial Aid:
International Freshman Academic Award: $2,000–$4,000
International Transfer Academic Award: $2,000–$4,000
Based on entering GPA of 3.3 or higher; no application required;  renewable

Test Score Requirements:
Minimum freshman GPA: 2.7
Minimum transfer GPA: 2.5
Results of the TOEFL (79 iBT) or IELTS (6.5); review our webpage for English language proficiency waiver options:

Application Deadlines and Fees: WSU international undergraduate admissions are processed on a rolling admission basis. Apply early in order to ensure we have space available. Application priority dates are November 15 for spring semester and January 31 for fall semester.

Choose from more than 200 fields of study at WSU—many of which have been honored nationally or internationally for excellence. Programs in Communication, Computer Science, Engineering, 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 more than 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. For more than 25 years, the University’s writing program has been recognized as one of the top in the US, and has been consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 in the nation. The program helps students in all majors develop their writing skills.

Great place to hire grads. The Wall Street Journal included WSU on its list of the top 25 colleges where major employers look to hire graduates.

Top training ground for high-tech leaders. A Daily Beast study ranked the University #22 in the nation among the colleges doing the best job of educating technology leaders.

Create lifelong friendships
Regardless of your hometown, background, or 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.

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 more than 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.

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 annually—there are ample opportunities for snowboarding, skiing, and building snowmen.

“I received a summer internship in the Seattle area. Without WSU, I would never have had this opportunity. The University provides resources to find internships and career previews, and the faculty are here to make sure you can get a job and be successful.”
— Anh Q. Tang
Class of 2015
Hospitality Business Management
Hanoi, Vietnam

“Pullman is different. I didn’t feel like a stranger when I came here. There is a healthy connection between the students and the institution.”
— Adel Yafi
Class of 2017
Civil Engineering (Transfer Student)
Homs, Syria