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Colleges / Washington State University

About WSU

Washington State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Pullman, Washington. WSU was founded in 1890 and now enrolls around 20,191 students a year, including 17,756 undergrads. WSU provides housing for up to 7,758 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 80% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at WSU! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of WSU's theater groups.

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

Thinking of pledging? 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.

Learn more about life at WSU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 31. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by November 1.

2021 WSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $10,202
Out-of-State $25,145
Percent of Need Met 66%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,596

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, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at to get a clearer sense of what WSU offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Washington State University

It is moderately difficult to get into WSU. WSU admitted 80% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 19,310 students applied to WSU and 15,537 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WSU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of 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 82% come back their sophomore year. Around 59% of students who started at WSU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for WSU Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

WSU'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. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $1.084 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, WSU spends about $10,029 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at WSU

Cost 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 66% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend WSU full-time are awarded $13,596 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $26,479 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

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 be a terrible fit for someone else! 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, 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

Jan 31

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WSU is Jan 31.

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


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Wondering what life at WSU is like? There are approximately 20,191 students enrolled at WSU, including 17,756 undergraduate students and 2,435 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from WA and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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