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Colleges / Washington State University

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 now enrolls around 20,191 students a year, including 17,756 undergrads. WSU offers 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 deadline to apply regular decision to WSU for Fall 2022 is January 31. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from WSU by November 1.

2021 WSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
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?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. 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 look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what WSU offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Washington State University

It is moderately difficult to get into WSU. Around 80% of applicants get into WSU each year. Out of 19,310 applications received in 2021, 15,537 students were offered admission.

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.

About 82% of students who start at WSU come back for their second year of college.WSU's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 59%. 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 Outcomes for WSU Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

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

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. WSU's endowment was valued at $1.084 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $10,029 for each full-time student enrolled.

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.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $26,479 in student loans per borrower. 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 available 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, the best school 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, 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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Student Life

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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