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Colleges / Washington State University

Washington State University

Pullman, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

About WSU

Washington State University Overview

Washington State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Pullman, Washington. WSU was founded in 1890 and the school presently has around 22,693 students a year, which includes 17,004 undergrads. WSU ensures on-campus housing for up to 7,758 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 80% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 31. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from WSU by November 1.

Student Activities at WSU

Are you interested in music or performing? At WSU you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? WSU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? WSU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? WSU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at WSU on the Student Life page.

2022 WSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $10,708
Out-of-State $26,392
Percent of Need Met 67%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,721

Is WSU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what WSU offers and if it seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Washington State University

It is moderately difficult to get into WSU. Around 86% of applicants get into WSU each year. Last year, 16,239 students applied to WSU and 14,015 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WSU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at WSU, around 84% return for the next year. Around 60% of students who started at WSU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook WSU Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from WSU by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with WSU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Washington State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

WSU's endowment was valued at $1.308 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, WSU spends about $9,617 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at WSU

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

WSU meets 67% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend WSU full-time are awarded $13,721 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $24,940 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at WSU.

Based on this information, how does WSU sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is WSU a good school for you?

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Where is WSU?

WSU is located in the small town setting of Pullman, Washington, less than an hour from Spokane.

If you want to see WSU for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 195 to Pullman, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Pullman-Moscow Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what WSU and Pullman are like without leaving home.

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College Info

370 Lighty Student Services Bldg Pullman, WA 99164

Campus Setting: Small Town

WSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WSU is Jan 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WSU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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WSU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at WSU is like? There are approximately 19,358 students enrolled at WSU, including 17,004 undergraduate students and 2,354 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 83% percent are from WA and 17% percent of students are from other states.


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