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Washington State University

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Introduction

Washington State University (WSU) is a large, public university in Pullman, Washington with branch campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and an online school. WSU was founded in 1890 as a land-grant institution, and received university status in 1959.

Today, WSU features an observatory with numerous events for student and public education and enjoyment, a sizable art museum, and a nationally known concert hall. The university defines its mission as one of “enhanc[ing] the intellectual, creative, and practical abilities of the individual, institutions and communities that we serve by fostering learning and inquiry in all their forms.”

Academics

WSU is composed of twelve colleges, a graduate school, and the Center for Distance and Professional Education. Colleges include: the College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Engineering and Architecture; the Honors College; the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Nursing; the College of Pharmacy; the College of Sciences; University College; and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in 95 different fields of study, including agribusiness, animal sciences, entomology, forestry, soil science, business, management information systems, education, engineering, Asian studies, criminal justice, English, humanities, philosophy, Russian areas studies, theatre arts and drama, nursing, biochemistry, environmental science, mathematics, zoology, and neuroscience. Minors or areas of concentration are available in fields such as adolescents, fruit and vegetable horticulture, pre-veterinary medicine, sustainable agriculture, aerospace studies, Chinese, jazz studies, Naval science, speech language pathology, ecology, mathematical modeling, optics electronics, pre-medicine, and statistics, and many others. Students from any major may apply to be part of the Honors College.

Master’s degrees are awarded in 64 programs, including agribusiness, architecture, biology, business administration (MBA), communication, education, engineering, human nutrition, materials science and engineering, music, natural resources, public affairs, statistics, veterinary science, and zoology, among others.

The school awards doctorates in 44 programs, including popular fields such as American studies, crop science, educational leadership and counseling psychology, English, horticulture, material science, mathematics, nutrition, soil science, and zoology. There are also professional degrees awarded through the College of Pharmacy (D. Pharm) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

Library Resources

The Washington State University Library offers a wide range of electronic catalogs and on-line databases to meet contemporary research needs. There is well-referenced digital access to many of the archives and special collections, and the library also maintains dozens of links to online resources of other county, university, and research libraries.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Dual Degree Programs

There are several concurrent or dual degree programs offered at WSU, including an MBA/JD program offered jointly with the University of Idaho College of Law. Design Intelligence magazine has rated WSU’s interior design program eighth in the nation, based on industry surveys. Through two different campuses—Pullman and Spokane—students can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in interior design over five years. The program is the only one of its kind in the state to be accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research.

Writing Assistance

Washington State offers students in every discipline a unique, full-service writing program that focuses and hones their abilities to communicate through the written word. This program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the top writing programs nationwide.

Natural Sciences

The Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences area offers a wide array of unique programs for students of the natural sciences, including entomology, environmental physics, forestry, turf management, and wetland/aquatic resources.

Admissions

Admissions to WSU are highly competitive. The average GPA of entering first-year students is 3.44 while the average SAT score is 1098. Prospective students must have completed four years of English, three years of mathematics with an additional year recommended, two years of science, two years of a foreign language, three years of social science, and one year of art.

Financial Aid

WSU disperses more than $258 million in financial aid annually to over 19,000 students. In addition to the usual array of grants and loans, WSU administrates dozens of their own scholarships. The flagship of their financial aid program, the University Achievement Award, offers substantial aid for students with a 3.6 or higher GPA, SAT score of 1200, and demonstrate other outstanding academic qualities. The Regents Scholarship is awarded to a single student each year with a 3.8 or greater GPA who demonstrates leadership and community involvement.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3706th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Dining and Housing

Over 4,500 students live in 18 residence halls at WSU. Freshmen dorm mates are enrolled in the same two general courses for their first semester to encourage social interaction and academic collaboration. The University also offers a variety of living-learning communities, including communities focused on teaching, business, engineering, and architecture.

Students in residence must participate in a meal plan through dining services. There are four large dining centers with vegetarian and vegan options at every meal. WSU also features Carlita’s Mexican Grille and Espresso, a local, sustainable restaurant. In keeping with Washington culture, there are also several espresso bars around campus. Students may order meals and snacks online via Webfood and pick up their orders at a predesignated time.

Up All Night

One of the most distinctive (and fun) aspects of campus life at WSU is the Up All Night program. Up All Night is usually free or, at the most, very cheap entertainment during weekends. Certain nights may have a particular theme, like the “Beach Theme” in March. There are movies, music, dancing, games, even dance lessons. Up All Night also includes athletic events like Ultimate Frisbee.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Traditions

The WSU mascot, Butch T. Cougar, dates back to 1927, when the governor presented a cougar cub to the WSU student body. Tryouts for the role of Butch are held in April of each year. The public can also arrange a Butch appearance through coordination with the WSU Athletics Department.

A more solemn tradition is that of the “Gray W,” signifying the achievement of a varsity letter in athletics. Wearers of the Gray W are still very active in their alma mater’s activities, both on and off the athletic field.

Local Community

The town of Pullman is a located in Eastern Washington, just eight miles from Moscow, Idaho. Pullman offers the traditional combination of small town living and metropolitan leisure that many college towns are known for. Making this community all the more intriguing is the low crime rate and the nearby “big city” of Seattle. Outdoor activities abound in Pullman, including biking, skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing. Kayaking is also a popular pastime, given Washington’s abundant waterways.

Bibliography

About. Washington State University. Web. 12 June 2011.

Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.

Living Options. Washington State University. Web. 12 June 2011.

Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

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Ranks 9th in Washington and 434th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Washington and 184th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 9 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 41 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.01
Arrest 189 0.69

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 24 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 97 0.32
Larceny 370 1.22
Vehicle theft 14 0.05

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 606th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,874 $10,874 $23,956
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,453 $1,453 $1,453
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $570 $570 $1,224
FT Graduate Tuition $11,224 $11,224 $24,656
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,403 $1,403 $1,403
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $587 $587 $1,259
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,697 $27,697 $40,779
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,697 $27,697 $40,779
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,829 $16,829 $29,911

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $19,990 $36,644
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,403 $1,403
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $21,830 $52,884
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $2,403 $2,403

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,799 $12,300 $10,799 $12,300 $22,077 $25,382
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $936(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,662 $10,524
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,542(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $10,890
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,542
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,542

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 14,887 (6,760 male / 8,127 female)
Admitted 12,219 (5,403 male / 6,816 female)
Admission rate 82%
First-time Enrollment 4,163 (1,954 male / 2,209 female)
FT Enrollment 4,057 (1,902 male / 2,155 female)
PT Enrollment 106 (52 male / 54 female)
Total Enrollment27,642

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific-10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

616th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 23%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

620th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,940
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,210
Board Fee$4,318

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 341 127 448 290 62 4,572 339 6,386
Accounting 18 1 11 11 2 143 9 200
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Adult Development and Aging
Adult Literacy Tutor/Instructor
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 4 4
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1 1
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Economics 1 1
Agricultural Engineering 2 1 3 6
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
Agricultural Mechanization, General 2 2
Agricultural Production Operations, General 17 17
Agricultural Teacher Education
Agricultural and Food Products Processing 11 1 12
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding 2 2
Agriculture, General 13 1 14
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture 1 1 6 1 9
Agronomy and Crop Science 1 1 2 11 2 18
American Indian/Native American Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1
Animal Genetics 1 1
Animal Sciences, General 1 1 49 3 54
Anthropology 4 3 3 38 2 52
Apparel and Textiles, General 8 1 7 5 37 1 60
Applied Economics 3 4 7
Applied Mathematics, General 5 3 3 2 40 2 57
Architecture 6 2 8 3 1 34 4 60
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 2 1 4
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 9 1 11
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 2 33 3 44
Biochemistry 3 2 3 9 18
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 8 3 12
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 3 12 17
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 4 6 4 1 36 3 59
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 2 5 9 86 5 122
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 2 2
Biomedical Sciences, General 1 3 3 6 15 28
Biotechnology 2 2
Botany/Plant Biology 2 2
Business Administration and Management, General 7 3 13 5 2 72 10 116
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Chemical Engineering 3 1 2 2 29 37
Chemistry, General 1 14 2 17
Child Development 3 1 15 1 20
Chinese Language and Literature 1 1 4 2 8
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Civil Engineering, General 3 2 5 4 1 103 6 129
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Computer Engineering, General 4 2 7 1 14
Computer Science 16 1 1 6 46 5 76
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 10 12
Construction Management 1 1 45 3 52
Counseling Psychology 2 5 7
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science 6 18 10 3 127 6 178
Crop Production
Curriculum and Instruction 1 2 22 4 29
Developmental and Child Psychology
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 2 2 12 6 2 74 4 106
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 4
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
East Asian Studies
Economics, General 11 3 3 5 1 53 2 81
Education, General 1 2 1 16 4 26
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 5 1 36 8 54
Educational Psychology 1 2 1 4
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Technology
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 15 6 5 7 49 3 90
Elementary Education and Teaching 9 4 138 5 158
Engineering, General 1 1 1 3
Engineering/Industrial Management 3 2 3 7 39 2 59
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 12 4 3 105 6 139
Entomology 1 3 1 5
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 14 1 18
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Science 1 1 1 1 35 3 44
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 2 7 10
Ethnic Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1 1 6
Exercise Physiology 1 1 16 18
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 2 2
Family and Community Services 2 4 1 24 1 32
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 1
Finance, General 39 1 10 11 1 85 4 152
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4 1 4 3 21 1 38
Food Science 4 6 10
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 1
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 2 4 6
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Forestry, General
French Language and Literature 1 5 6
Genetics, General 1 2 11 14
Geology/Earth Science, General 19 2 22
German Language and Literature 4 4
Gerontology 8 8
Health Teacher Education 1 7 1 9
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 11 13
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 1 3 2 7
History, General 2 1 2 1 69 5 83
Homeland Security 1 1 2
Horticultural Science 2 1 9 1 13
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 16 2 2 61 4 85
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 1 2
Human Development and Family Studies, General 7 5 20 3 5 151 7 199
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 4 3 24 3 35
Human Nutrition
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Human Services, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 5 2 11 3 2 71 5 102
Insurance
Interior Design 4 1 29 2 36
International Business/Trade/Commerce 18 4 3 19 1 48
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies 3 6 9
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 1 8 1 2 48 4 67
Landscape Architecture 1 19 20
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Linguistics 1 1
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General 8 1 7 11 96 6 133
Management Science
Manufacturing Engineering
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8 1 5 5 2 58 3 83
Mass Communication/Media Studies 10 7 17 10 219 13 290
Materials Engineering 6 1 21 1 30
Materials Science
Mathematics, General 1 1 1 3
Mechanical Engineering 14 4 11 19 145 8 208
Microbiology, General 2 2 4 1 13 23
Molecular Biology 4 4
Molecular Genetics
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Performance, General 6 7
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 2 2 1 19 2 27
Nanotechnology
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 1 27 2 32
Neuroscience 1 20 1 25
Nuclear Engineering 1 1
Nursing Administration 1 1
Nursing Education 4 4 8
Operations Management and Supervision 3 1 7 5 2 106 8 144
Optics/Optical Sciences 1 1
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Pharmacy
Philosophy 1 1 1 17 5 27
Physical Sciences 1 1 1 4 1 10
Physics, General 3 1 15 2 21
Plant Molecular Biology 1 1
Plant Nursery Operations and Management 5 5
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 2 1 2 5
Plant Physiology
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
Plant Sciences, General
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 14 8 2 77 4 110
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 2 20 2 24
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 2 2
Psychology, General 3 12 32 17 6 238 19 340
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 15 2 20
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
Range Science and Management
Reading Teacher Education
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 9 28 19 3 339 48 453
Religion/Religious Studies 3 3
Reproductive Biology
Russian Language and Literature
School Psychology
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 17 19
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 1 1 2
Social Sciences, General 7 17 48 16 6 357 28 501
Social Work
Sociology 3 8 6 3 1 41 2 67
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 1 1 2
Spanish Language and Literature 6 1 15 3 25
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 9 10
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 2 46 1 55
Statistics, General 9 2 11
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 2 1 17 20
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 6 51 59
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 4 1 3 9
Technical Teacher Education
Turf and Turfgrass Management 3 3
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 2 1 5 8
Viticulture and Enology 7 1 8
Wildlife Biology
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 2 28 2 36
Women's Studies 2 5 7
Work and Family Studies
Zoology/Animal Biology 2 3 2 49 56

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 598th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,169 ($91,286 male / $65,181 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,242 (755 male / 487 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,667
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $42,879,181
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