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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
Washington State is a highly rated public university located in Pullman, Washington. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 22,877 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Washington State acceptance rate is 77%. Popular majors include Psychology, Nursing, and Social Science Research Methods. Graduating 59% of students, Washington State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,600.
French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference

Washington State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

WSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1210
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,297/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,112/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.208 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.246 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.245 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
26
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
10
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
16
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    80%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,877Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,221
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 192 responses
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  • Friendly
    41%
  • Easy going
    35%
  • Hard-working
    12%
  • Excited
    8%
  • Frivolous
    1%
  • Mind numbing
    1%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.344 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.379 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 201 responses
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  • GO COUGS!
    34%
  • Cougs help Cougs; you are not alone.
    19%
  • Once a Coug, always a Coug
    16%
  • Cougs for Life
    10%
  • Cougs look out for cougs
    9%
  • Win or lose Cougs booze
    5%
  • Money pit but friendly
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.173 responses
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My favorite thing about WSU is the community. The community is so welcoming and helpful, a wonderful atmosphere to live in and immerse yourself in. The students, professors, and staff are so nice and genuine. The setting and vibe you get from WSU is unlike other universities I have toured. Also I won't forget to mention that since WSU is in a college town, the prices in town at the nearby stores are tailored towards student budgets which makes living affordable.

Another one of my favorite aspects of WSU is the food, specifically Ferdinand's ice cream shop and the Cougar Gold cheese. The ice cream shop has amazing flavors like Cougar Tracks (think peanut butter, chocolate, vanilla), huckleberry, and even apple pie. The shop also has a variety of house made cheeses, fresh curds, and even smoked meats. It's just something you can't beat.

WSU is a great college, it's campus is easy to walk around (make sure you're okay with lots of hills!), and the community is wonderful. Go Cougs!
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I transferred here in January 2019, I came in with a large amount of credits, but I was not able to use all of them due to my prior university not being honest in regards to what WSU would accept. Despite this, I was still able to graduate in under 4 years.

Anyways, WSU is what you make of it-- if you want to go to a "good" school, it is here; if you want to go to a "party" school it is here; WSU will be what you want -- however it up to you to apply yourself. Sure, almost anyone can be accepted, but it's really not about getting in here, it's about whether you're a strong enough student to stay.

WSU gives its students wonderful resources, Pullman is beautiful, and the sense of community during and after graduation is undeniable. I have heard "Cougs help Cougs" all my life, and I'll tell you, I see it.

My entire family has gone here, and not one has been unsuccessful in their professional fields. What you do with your time here, reflects in the grades you get.

Go cougs!
The sense of community at WSU is unlike no other in Washington, the popular saying Cougs help Cougs is a testament I truly stand by. People there are so nice and friendly. Due to it's location of being in the middle of no where, strong friendships are a necessity! I know I found mine at WSU. Classes depending on what they are can range from 15 students to 130. Professors take academics very seriously and so does a lot of the students at university. WSU isn't a party school no more!