Washington State University

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Washington State University, also referred to as WSU (and locally as Wazzu), is a public university located in the Palouse area of the Pacific Northwest, in the city of Pullman, Washington. The university was established in 1890 and is Washington’s first and largest land-grant university. The university offers a number of popular academic and career oriented programs in animal science, veterinary medicine, food science, agriculture, plant science, architecture, construction management, neuroscience, communications and criminal justice.

WSU is a research university and was recently recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of 96 top universities in America with “very high research activity”. It is considered by many to be one of the leading research universities in the nation and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top U.S. universities. In terms of clean technology, WSU has ranked among the top ten universities in the nation.

In addition to its main campus in Pullman, the university has three other campuses located in Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. These three WSU campuses were launched in 1989. In 2012, Washington State University developed a web-based Global Campus, known as “WSU Online”. The university’s web-based campus offers students the opportunity to earn a number of degrees entirely online. WSU’s three campuses offer both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Altogether, WSU has a total enrollment of roughly 25,000 students in any given year, making it one of the largest universities in the nation. WSU also has a large number of international students.

WSU’s athletics organizations and teams are collectively known as the Cougars and the university’s official colors are crimson and gray. WSU athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I in the Pac-12 Conference.

Academics

WSU offers challenging and compelling academic degrees and programs through its 12 academic colleges and one graduate school. While liberal arts is an important element of all undergraduate curriculum at WSU, some of the school’s more outstanding and recognized programs include business, education, veterinary medicine, communication, architecture, pharmacy, agriculture, and engineering.

WSU offers students an extensive selection of over 200 areas of study, including majors, graduate degrees, and professional and post-graduate certificate programs. Bachelor’s degree are offered in all 200 fields of study, with graduate degrees (master’s and doctoral) available in most. WSU’s undergraduate curriculum is recognized nationally as one of the best in the nation. WSU also has an Honors College which is highly respected and considered one of the best programs in the United States for academically talented students. WSU has a high graduation rate. Nearly 6,000 degrees (undergraduate and graduate) are conferred by the university each year.

Campuses

WSU in Pullman, Washington, is situated on a 620 acre campus on the Washington-Idaho border, in a major agricultural region known as the Palouse. The Palouse is characterized by rolling hills that were formed in much the same what that sand dunes are formed, only the Palouse is covered with green grass and vegetation. WSU in Pullman is located just 7 miles west of the University of Idaho, in Moscow. The two schools and communities are connected by Washington State Route 270.

In addition to it’s main campus in Pullman, Washington, WSU operates three other branch campuses which include Washington State University Tri-Cities (in Richland), Washington State University Vancouver, in Vancouver, and Washington State University Spokane, in Spokane. The WSU Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Spokane campuses were all founded in 1989. In addition to its brick-and-mortar campuses, WSU operates an Internet-based virtual campus, WSU Online, that offers online degree programs to students worldwide. The university’s virtual online campus was launched in 2012.

With exception of its main campus in Pullman, Washington, WSU branch campuses offer primarily bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Annual enrollment at WSU’s four campuses and WSU Online tops 26,000 students.

Tri-Cities Campus

Washington State University Tri-Cities is an urban campus situated in Richland, Washington, alongside the Columbia River. WSU Tri-Cities offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in variety of disciplines and fields of study. The campus offers students 18 bachelor’s, 15 master’s, and 8 doctoral degree programs. WSU Tri-Cities was founded in 1989 primarily as a graduates studies institution. Prior to 1989, it was known as the Joint Center for Graduate Study, which was established in 1964 and was sponsored by a consortium of higher education institutions which included Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Washington. In 2007, WSU Tri-Cities added both freshman and sophmore undergraduate courses, whereby becoming a true four-year university.

As of 2012, annual tuition at WSU Tri-Cities was about $9,800 a year for in-state students and $21,200 for out-of-state students. Total annual expenses for in-state students (including room and board, books, fees, etc.) are estimated at $24,000 and for out-of-state students $35,000.

Washington State University – Tri-Cities is located at 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354. Their phone numbers is (509) 372-7250.

Vancouver Campus

Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV of WSU Vancouver) is a 350-acre campus situated roughly seven miles north of the Columbia River and directly southeast of Mt. Vista. Like WSU Tri-Cities, WSUV started as a graduate studies institution. It didn’t become a true four-year university until 2006.

WSUV has a total annual enrollment of about 3,000 students, it has more than 140 full-time Ph.D. faculty, and over 186,000 alumni worldwide. Its student body is made up of 57% men and 43% women and it has a racial makeup of 80% white/caucasian and 20% students of color.

WSU Vancouver offers 21 bachelor’s degrees, 11 master’s degrees and 3 doctorate programs in more than 40 areas of study. Through a joint partnership with Clark College and Lower Columbia College, students attending either community college can apply to be granted co-admission to WSU Vancouver as early as their freshman year if they meet all admission requirements and are committed to attending WSU Vancouver upon completion of their associate’s degree.

The WSUV campus offers students several state-of-the-art computing laboratories (including fine arts labs, group instruction labs, drafting labs, writing centers, etc.), campus-wide wireless Internet access, and an extensive library system with more than 20,000 books, 100 bibliographic databases, 9,000 online newspapers and journals, and 800 hardcopy journals. WSUV is also home to the Environmental Information Cooperative Library–which is sponsored by the Oregon and Washington Cooperative Library Project.

In 2007, the university opened the Firstenburg Student Commons (FSC) which issued in a new era of change and improvement for student life at WSUV. The FSC offers students a central meeting place where they can congregate, have activities and just goof off. This spacious facility has a student lounge, two Xbox 360s, Nintendo Wii, three large LCD Televisions, a pool table and two ping pong tables. Many students also enjoy the campus’s 2,400 sq ft fitness center that is equipped with an extensive array of weight training and cardio equipment–and offers regular fitness classes.

Even though there current isn’t on-campus housing at WSUV, the student body government and faculty ensure that student life is anything but boring. Their are myriad of organizations that students can join, and activities and extracurricular events are hosted on campus on a weekly basis. Some of the more popular student organizations include the History Club, KOUG radio, Cougar Pride LGBT and the Salom Creek Journal, a literary and visual arts magazine.

As of 2012, tuition at WSU Vancouver was about $9,900 in-state students and roughly $21,000 for out-of-state students. The campus is located at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686. For more information you can call (360) 546-9788.

Spokane Campus

Washington State University Spokane, also referred to as WSU Spokane is one of three branch campuses of Washington State University, based in Pullman, Washington. WSU Spokane and Eastern Washington University share the Riverpoint Campus, an education facility and technology park located in downtown Spokane. WSU Spokane offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Nursing (BSN; RN to BSN) and Speech and Hearing Sciences. It also offers graduate programs in Education (EdD; EdM; MA), Criminal Justice (MA; PhD), Health Policy and Administration (MHPA), Teaching (MIT), Nursing (MN; DNP; PhD), Speech and Hearing Sciences (MA), and Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (MS; MS CPD; PhD), as well as professional programs in Pharmacy (PharmD) and Medical Sciences (MD).

Tuition and expenses at WSU Spokane are comparable to those at other WSU campus locations. The WSU Spokane campus is located at 600 N Riverpoint Blvd Spokane, WA 99202. The main phone number for the university is (509) 358-7500.

General Information

Admission Office
370 Lighty Student Services Bldg
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067
(509) 335-5586
(888) 468-6978
Fax: (509) 335-4902
[email protected]
Contact: Wendy Peterson
Director of Admissions
Main Address
PO Box 645910
Pullman, WA 99164-5910
(509) 335-3564
www.wsu.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 21,149
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,710
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,690
Graduate enrollment: 3,396

Setting
Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 72%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 82%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,866 $7,565 $8,489 $9,489 +11.78%
Books and Supplies $912 $936 $936 $936 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,790 $8,482 $9,330 $9,644 +3.37%
Other $3,542 $3,542 $3,542 $3,542 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $19,110 $20,525 $22,297 $23,611 +5.89%
In-state Off Campus $7,778 $8,501 $9,425 $10,425 +10.61%
In-state with Family $7,778 $8,501 $9,425 $10,425 +10.61%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $8,340
In-state Student Fees $1,359
Out-of-state Tuition $21,138
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,359

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,049 83%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,747 75% $18,196,797 $6,624
• Federal grants 627 17% $2,620,176 $4,179
• Pell grants 592 16% $1,978,365 $3,342
• Other federal grants 570 16% $641,811 $1,126
Local and state government scholarships or grants 1,419 39% $6,005,743 $4,232
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,434 66% $9,570,878 $3,932
Student loan financial aid 1,598 43% $14,024,077 $8,776
• Federal student loans 1,583 43% $12,853,510 $8,120
• Other student loans 120 3% $1,170,567 $9,755

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 4758 733 373 667
Agriculture, General 82 20 8 5
Agricultural and Food Products Processing 11
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1
Agricultural Communication/journalism 1
Agricultural Economics 6 2
Agricultural Mechanization, General 7
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other 5
Agronomy and Crop Science 8 3 3
Animal Sciences, General 33 4 1
Food Science 3 5
Horticultural Science 11 3 1
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 1 5 1
Architecture and Related Services 84 19
Architecture 57 18
Landscape Architecture 27 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 29 1 7
American/united States Studies/civilization 1 7
Asian Studies/civilization 7
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 13
Women’s Studies 9
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 267 24 28 1
Biochemistry 11 3 4
Biology/biological Sciences, General 118 1
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
Biomedical Sciences, General 18
Biotechnology 6
Botany/plant Biology 3 2
Entomology 5 2
Exercise Physiology 4
Genetics, General 18 1
Microbiology, General 23 1
Molecular Biology 2 2
Neuroscience 21 1 3
Pharmacology and Toxicology 2 1
Plant Molecular Biology 2 5
Plant Pathology/phytopathology 4
Reproductive Biology 1
Zoology/animal Biology 48 3 5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 846 86 5
Accounting 148 28
Accounting and Related Services, Other 10
Business Administration and Management, General 52 58 5
Construction Management 50
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 25
Finance, General 124
Hospitality Administration/management, General 75
International Business/trade/commerce 47
Management Information Systems, General 90
Marketing/marketing Management, General 68
Operations Management and Supervision 157
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 385 7 3
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 72
Mass Communication/media Studies 313 7 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 50 18 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5
Computer Science 45 18 2
Education 186 171 24 574
Agricultural Teacher Education 4
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 19 7 6
Education, General 174 13 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 27 7 50
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1
Educational/instructional Technology 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 53
Health Teacher Education 8
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 34
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 59 9 479
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 1
Engineering 346 79 23
Agricultural Engineering 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 12
Chemical Engineering 17 5 5
Civil Engineering, General 114 25 4
Computer Engineering, General 16 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 60 11 2
Engineering Science 8
Engineering, General 2
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 12
Materials Engineering 8 3
Mechanical Engineering 119 18 4
Engineering Technology, General 19 19
Engineering/industrial Management 19 19
English Language and Literature/letters 85 11 11 16
English Language and Literature, General 85 11 11
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 47 5
Chinese Language and Literature 8
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 5
French Language and Literature 3
German Language and Literature 5
Linguistics 1
Spanish Language and Literature 30
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 389 110 197
Athletic Training/trainer 12
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 23 30
Health/health Care Administration/management 6
Pharmacy 91
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 353 60 2
Veterinary Medicine 97
Veterinary Sciences/veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 1 14 7
History 91 8 3
History, General 91 8 3
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 112 6 8 1
Criminal Justice/police Science 112 6 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 1
Human Services, General 16 3
Public Policy Analysis, General 16 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 109
Humanities/humanistic Studies 109
Mathematics and Statistics 27 17 5
Applied Mathematics, General 20 5 5
Mathematics, General 7
Statistics, General 12
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 63 2 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 51
Gerontology 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 12 2
Nutrition Sciences
Natural Resources and Conservation 46 30 4
Environmental Science 9 23 4
Natural Resources/conservation, General 37 7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 115
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 71
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 44
Physical Sciences 40 17 14 1
Chemistry, General 13 7 6
Geology/earth Science, General 10 3 1
Materials Science 3
Optics/optical Sciences 1
Physical Sciences 5
Physics, General 12 7 4
Psychology 257 7 8 24
Counseling Psychology 14
Developmental and Child Psychology 3
Psychology, General 257 7 8
School Psychology 7
Social Sciences 753 25 21
Anthropology 34 12 3
Applied Economics 9
Economics, General 40 7
Political Science and Government, General 94 4 4
Social Sciences, General 514
Sociology 71 7
Visual and Performing Arts 111 34
Art/art Studies, General 26
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 15
Fine/studio Arts, General 11 10
Interior Design 39 13
Music Performance, General 5
Music Theory and Composition 8
Music, General 7 11
Work and Family Studies 222 16 25
Apparel and Textiles, General 63 6
Child Development 15
Family and Community Services 7
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 25
Human Development and Family Studies, General 134 6
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 3
Human Nutrition 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business B
Agricultural Communications B
Agricultural Economics B
Agricultural Mechanization B
Agricultural/Food Processing B,C
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B,C
Animal Sciences B
Crop Production B
Horticulture Science B
Pest Management B
Soil Science and Agronomy B
Sustainable/Organic Agriculture B

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
American Indian/Native American studies C
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Comparative ethnic studies B
East Asian studies C
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B
Biotechnology B
Entomology B
Genetics B
Microbiology B
Molecular Genetics B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
E-Commerce B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Education
Agricultural Education B
Bilingual/Bicultural Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B
Teaching english as a second or foreign language/ESL language instructor C

Engineering
Agricultural Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business Writing C

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Development C
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Community Services C
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B,C
Human Nutrition B

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Nursing (RN) B
Premedicine B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History
History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Gerontology C
Global Studies B
International/global studies C
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B

Psychology
Counseling psychology C
Developmental and child psychology C
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Security & Protective Services
Police Science B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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